I’ve been spending the bulk of this year trying to maintain this blog and run new recipes every alternate day apart from when I’m off travelling. I enjoy playing around with ingredients and trying to pair off different flavours together to see if they work. The last few weeks have been hectic though, which means that I’ve been spending quite a bit of time baking cakes for private orders, and unfortunately, I’ve not been able to ‘play‘ as much.
One thing that I try to do these days however, is bake an extra cake on the side whenever I’m baking for an order. This, so that I can use the extra one, which I tend to make as small as my smallest cake tin i.e. 4.5″, to experiment different forms of decoration or cake designs on. I have to give Flo credit on this brilliant idea and while it does mean a little more cost on my part in using slightly more ingredients, I’m able to work on different ideas that I’m keen to try. Usually, whatever the end result, I’ll pass the cake on to my parents who have the social lives of butterflies and always manage to find good homes for them.
So this was one of the cakes I had the pleasure to make this week. It was a Lychee Sponge Cake with Passionfruit Curd, and frosted with Vanilla Buttercream. I always use Italian Meringue Buttercream because it’s a lot more stable and a lot lighter in texture. It’s may be more tedious to make but the end result, I feel, is worth it!
Did some of that drippy thing and topped the cake with fresh berries before it was whisked away for a birthday celebration!
So with the ‘extra‘ cake I had, I decided to do something that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. I’ve seen some gorgeous painted cakes on Instagram recently and decided to have a go at it. I scanned through some painted buttercream cakes and thought I’d try my hand at painting something that didn’t look too difficult, and didn’t require too many different colours.
It wasn’t the easiest thing to do really. Let’s just say that some cake artists make it look a snap to slap paint onto a cake and have it look pretty. Me? Just for this, I toiled away and had edible paint all over my fingers and my face by the time I was done. I’d put so much effort in I was practically breaking out in sweat once I’d deemed the cake complete.
It’s by no means perfect and there’s definitely room for improvement but overall, I have to admit that I’m pretty darn chuffed with myself! I’d love to be able to practice further with a variation of flowers/patterns and colours, and perhaps learn a bit more on the perfect viscosity of paint to use. For now though, I’ll just revel in this little bubble of joy I’m sitting in having challenged myself to something new.
So this is one of the things aside from cake orders that has been filling my time. I promise I’ll be sharing lots of sweet recipes, and the odd savoury one, in due time. Also, if you have an ideas on flavour combinations that you think sound interesting (and consist of not-too-difficult to find ingredients), let me know and I’ll be game to try! 🙂