I can’t actually believe it’s been almost eight months since I last blogged (on here anyway, I have been blogging elsewhere)! I’m ashamed and embarrassed – must try harder! I have still been baking, although mainly concentrating on my paid work and less of the experiments.
For those of you in the UK, you will I’m sure know that the GBBO has now returned to out screens, week three has just aired and I am alas, not on it. To be honest, I didn’t apply, but it’s still a pipe dream…
Anyway, to the blog! A colleague of mine recently took her vacation (because she’s American and that’s what they do) in California and brought me back this:
If any of you watch the food network then you may recognise that picture at the top, this comes from Duff Goldman, the guy from Charm City Cakes in America who stars in the programme Ace of Cakes. I like the show even if I am against some of the wood/metal/flame throwers they use for engineering – I personally think cakes should be edible!
I’m also not usually a fan of the packet mix but as it was a gift, came all those thousands of miles across the ocean and it looked like fun I thought I’d give it a go.
I put the mix into my KitchenAid (ooo that reminds me, I have acquired a KitchenAid since I last blogged – Christmas present from my lovely parents!) and added water, oil and egg whites (no yolks – unusual) and whizzed it up. It made a really runny mix which I was a bit worried about but I’d followed the instructions! I then split the mix into six bowls and used the three sachets of food colouring provided to make up six colours of cake mix.
Then, having greased and lined two deep sandwich tins I split the red mix between the two tins, pouring into the middle. I then added the orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple, always pouring into the middle so the other colours got pushed out in rings.
I then baked for about half an hour and turned out onto a cooling rack.
Nothing else was provided in the kit so once baked and allowed to cool I made a batch of my world famous (ish) white buttercream and filled and covered the cake. I used a few leftover crumbs to decorate.
Once cut I was pretty chuffed with the result – the tie die effect worked really well.
The cake itself was really light and airy – still tasted a bit like it was packet mix but tasted better than expected!
Let’s not leave it so long next time. Until then readers! x