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Happy Birthday, Mrs Baker

When deciding what to create for my mummy’s birthday, I started with the flavour. Mummy loves Carrot Cake, so that bit at least was easy. I was a little bit nervous though – my normal carrot cake recipe is really wet and moist, so when using carrot cake inside a decorated cake, some changes had to be made.

Fortunately, my carrot and orange cupcake recipe is easily adaptable to make a full cake. Simply make a double batch of the mix and separate into two 8” greased and lined tins. Bake at 150°C for about an hour. Once baked and cooled, dam and fill with the orange buttercream, sprinkling the chopped nuts between each layer. To ensure a perfect finish, I covered the cake with a white chocolate ganache made with 300ml of whipping cream and 900g of white chocolate.

It was on this cake that I finally got to have a play with Renshaw’s new Extra sugarpaste. I have to say, I’m impressed so far. It didn’t take much kneading to get it ready to use and, as a result, air bubbles were minimal. It rolled out beautifully and is elastic enough to cover a tall cake (this one was 7” tall) with no tearing or elephant skin. So very user friendly!

I wasn’t sure how to decorate this cake and announced so in a number of my cake groups. I had a busy week, so wasn’t sure how much time I would be able to dedicate to it. I was very grateful when the lovely Emma Stewart pinged me a design ready to go. A simplified version of one of her wedding cakes, it pairs a hand-painted finish with a gold-painted drip – both of which I have never done before! Luckily Emma was on hand to talk me through both (she even shot me a video to demonstrate the painting technique!) and I’m sure you’ll agree that the finished cake is beautiful. A simple floral spray was the perfect finishing touch.

Mummy was thrilled with her beautiful cake and the verdict was that my other carrot cake is just as delicious as the one my family is more familiar with.

If you would like to learn how to master the perfect drip for your cakes, I’m thrilled to say that Emma will producing a very special New Years tutorial for Mr Baker’s Blog later this month, including how to create and paint her stunning gold drip.

Have a fantastic week everyone! x

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