Tag Archives: cake

It’s my nephew’s birthday, LoL

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I decided to try out the technique in this article to draw some of my nephews favourite game characters on his birthday cake. It works like a charm and I am pretty pleased with the results. My nephew seems to like it too as he seems to want to preserve the iced characters for as long as he can – which isn’t that long as the kids love their chocolate brownies!

Ram

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My 1.5th Anniversary

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18 months ago, I (most probably) made a stranger slightly uncomfortable by talking a little bit too enthusiastically about fish ‘rape’ and fungal networks. Today, I’m in his flat, cooking dinner and baking a cake. Thinking about the first time we met always brings a smile to my face. He told me then what he thought of free will and I still remember how very impressed I was at how well he can explain himself. He used the right words and the right expressions, which shouldn’t really amaze me as English is his mother-tongue after all, yet it did. I, on the other hand, told him that I like wolves because they’re ‘cool’.

I can write pages about him and us, but that’s not what this blog is about. I just wanted to share with everyone the cake I made today 🙂

1.5 anniversary cake! (Because any reason is a good reason to bake)

1.5 anniversary cake! (Because any reason is a good reason to bake)

This cake was an adaptation of a dessert I made as part of my AS-level food technology coursework. It has a white chocolate and raspberry blondie base, for which I used this BBC Good Food recipe (but halved).

Raspberry and white chocolate blondie.

Raspberry and white chocolate blondie.

I then rolled out a sheet of Sainsbury’s soft white icing to form a border around the base. I wanted to experiment with colour and food colourings so I added a few drops of red in the icing before kneading.

Border made of icing.

Border made of icing.

Cake border attached to base (with raspberry jam).

Cake border attached to base (with raspberry jam).

Next, I poured white chocolate mousse and dark chocolate mousse in alternate thin layers. To make a marbled effect, I gently ran a skewer round the surface in a swirling motion. The cake is then left in the fridge, to allow the mousse to set.

Marbled white and dark chocolate mousse.

Marbled white and dark chocolate mousse.

Last but not least, I decorated the top with leftover raspberries and chocolate shavings. It was delish! (if I say so myself).

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Bon appetit!

I got a bit bored after and decided to ‘play’ with dinner as well…

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Steak and mash, with love.

I wish I can bake more often, but it can get quite expensive (and fattening…) Well, that’s it folks! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far!

Ram

Stumbled Upon Past Me

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I don’t know how it happened exactly. I was looking up travel insurances all night last night and somehow went to bed having found my old Multiply account. At first I cringed with embarrassment at the things that I wrote and posted – I really don’t want to know how I was as a teenager… I have deleted my account but not before downloading the better pictures of my Food Technology projects! You have no idea how excited I was to be reunited with them once more 🙂 I might update the pictures I used in previous posts but, for now, I will leave them here for you to enjoy!

Decorations and picture taken by me during food photography class.

Chocolate meringue torte before decorations.

Chocolate meringue torte after decorations

Caramelising apples.

Caramel sauce.

Mini apple charlotte fresh from the oven.

Mini apple charlotte with caramel sauce

Baking Pear Puff Pastry

Custard Sauce.

Pear Puffs with Custard Sauce.

Making chilled lemon souffle.

Chilled lemon souffle fresh from the fridge.

Experimenting with bases.

Experimenting with fillings.

Chocolate collar.

My very own Blackforest Layers!

I’ve provided recipes for the above and more in my previous posts so do check out my Food entries if any of them interests you 🙂

Ram

Dusting Magic

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Recently, I’ve been fascinated by latte art. I don’t know why but the simplicity of a white outline against a dark background just entrances me. The same with dusted icing sugar on pies and pastries – simply beautiful. Inspired by this (and to a certain extent, due to a certain someone’s fussiness and another someone’s stubbornness), the following happened.

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My boyfriend requested his favourite Victorian sponge cake for his birthday. It was to be made with no fresh fruits, no fancy, girly, elaborate decorations, but with lots and lots of cream and jam. I love decorating (or trying to decorate), so, as a compromise, I dusted the manliest of all hearts (!!!) on his birthday cake. He seemed rather pleased with it (?). Anyway, I told him he could always turn his cake upside-down and turn the heart into a bum-shaped decor.

It’s quite easy to do. All you need to do is to cut-out the pattern you would like on your cake on a parchment paper, place it on top of your cake and dust away!

Try it.

Ram

Some Valentine’s Love

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I managed to persuade my boyfriend to bake a cake with me last Valentine’s. It was a chocolate cake layered with fresh strawberries and cream, and it was so good! We had a lot of chocolate leftover, which we used to make lots of chocolate strawberries (and apples). I loved the chocolate strawberries but the apples tasted a bit odd. Possibly because they were reaching their expiry date… Anyway, here are pictures for you to enjoy.

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Ram

My First Christmas Cake

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I know Christmas was months ago, but, I’ve been posting entries in chronological order so I thought I should continue doing that. Last Christmas, I could say, was the first Christmas that I personally celebrated. Because my boyfriend grew up celebrating Christmas, I volunteered to make him a very special Christmas dinner. It took longer than I thought to prepare, roast and bake things and I ended up rushing against time to finish everything before he comes back from work. I made the mistake of putting icing on a cake while it’s still hot from the oven, and it all melted into a horrible mess. I shoved it into the fridge which helped a bit, I think. Anyway, once it was much cooler, I tried re-decorating it but I didn’t have much time and below was what I came up with.

My attempt to save a half-melted cake...

Don’t judge me, I’m not perfect >.<

Ram