Day 713 – #34 Make 5 new cakes

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Way back before we went on holiday (only a week but feels like SO much longer!) it was my birthday.  Yay!  Happy birthday to me.  So I had to take cakes in to work.  Instead of just heading off to Morrisons and buying a load, I decided I would make some.  I settled on a Bakewell Tart Tray-bake and a Mars Bar Krispie cake (hey, it was my birthday!  I’m allowed to be childish 🙂 )

I got the recipe for the tray-bake from Delicious Magazine (http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/iced-bakewell-tart-tray-bake/)  I couldn’t actually find ready-made sweet shortcrust pastry so I had to make that as well.  Not something I’d attempted before but it worked really well.  The quantity in this recipe is huge.  I ended up putting it in a roasting tin!  It would probably have been better in several smaller, shallower tins but I had to go with what I had.  The cake itself was delicious and went down brilliantly.

The mars bar cake recipe I got from the Kitchen Monsters website (http://kitchenmonsters.co.uk/2011/04/27/mars-bar-cake/) and was *very* simple to make.  I couldn’t fit all the rice krispies in my bowl so ended up using about 180g rather than the stated 225g.  Again, it made a large quantity and only just fitted in my tray-bake tin.  These were not anywhere near as sickly as I thought they’d be and were blimmin gorgeous.  I’ll definitely make these again..

 

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Day 497 – #34 Make 5 New Cakes

It was Mark’s birthday yesterday and to celebrate the fact (and also to celebrate the fact I could eat chocolate again!) I made him a birthday cake.  I have a page on pinterest with lots of yummy looking cakes that are way beyond my skill level (house from Up! anyone?!)  But I had pinned a picture of a pig cake that I really fancied having a go at.  The original blog post is here:
http://www.iheartnaptime.net/chocolate-pig-cake/

There were no instructions with this post at all just this amazing picture.  So I trawled about for a bit and came across a recipe on the BBC Good Food website for a tasty sounding chocolate cake by Lorraine Pascale (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/i_cant_believe_you_made_90494) which I filled with black cherries and cream (black forest stylee) and kind of bodged the rest.  For the swimming pool I made a chocolate ganache (400g milk chocolate and 250ml double cream – this made far too much).  The pigs were made out of pink ready to roll icing and I stuck the kit kats on using the ganache as well.  Using the photo from the blog to guide me, this is what I ended up with:

pig cake

Not too far off the original I don’t think.  It was very tasty but really quite sickly.  The boys had a four-finger slice each and us ladies had a two-finger slice each and that was plenty!