You know when you have one of those days were you're maybe a little too confident?
Then the world puts you in you place by making everything you touch turn to failure?
No? Is that just me?
Well a little while ago I had one of those days. I was feeling quietly confident that this cake would be a breeze and went about it as normal, making a one and a half quantity of my chocolate cake mix.
I realised I had two different giant cupcake tins I could use and ummed and ahhed about which one to use. In the end, after reading lots about how the metal ones don't cook evenly I decided to cook the bottom in the metal tin and the top in the silicone tin.
Halfway through cooking I noticed that the top of the cake just wasn't rising enough so I threw it out and refilled it with a little bit more mixture and popped it back in.
Half way through that cooking time when I went to check on it I came to a halt at the kitchen and screamed. The most horrifying picture I can't get out of my mind appeared in front of me...
Cake batter dripping from the oven onto the ground.
I freaked out and called Mr S over to help me deal with it. Luckily men are good in these situations.
We took both cakes out then Mr S gradually scraped out the entire top of my cake which was now stuck (and baking onto) the sides and bottom of the oven.
I was ridiculously lucky in that I had made way too much cake batter so I still had a bit left to work with. I popped it in the same (cursed) silicone tin, which I then put on a baking tray (learnt my lesson now) and waited for it to bake completely.
The rest of the cake was a breeze compared to that! I iced the whole thing with pink vanilla buttercream, stuck fondant on the bottom and indented the sides with a chop stick. Then used the rose swirl technique to cover the top tier with the buttercream.
I made the decorations the day before using a mixture of pink fondant and gumpaste, I made tiny fondant roses (using this tutorial) and a giant 21 then dipped them in a generous coating of edible pink glitter. I love that stuff!
So the cake turned out perfect in the end. But not without some drama along the way.
Just trying to keep things interesting ya know!