I was having a housework day. You know the ones that you are completely in the zone and getting all the jobs done. I had a plan…..
The plan changed.
My youngest daughter pointed out that it was her Pop’s birthday and that it would be an excellent idea that we make him a cake. I love the term ‘we’.
How to fit that in with the major housework that I was doing.
So this was my day.
From the moment my eldest went to school I cleaned, right up until I picked her up from school.
At 4.15 I started to make and bake. While the cake was baking I had to decide on decorations.
So I cut out flowers, lots of them.
My youngest asked me if I had any idea how was I going to put the flowers on the cake. My answer – I had no idea.
Between baking, and decorations I had dinner on the go.
I placed the cakes straight in the fridge to cool down quickly so that I could put the chocolate buttercream on. Fortunately the cakes were small so they didn’t take long.
I layered and covered the cakes with the buttercream, followed by a lovely layer of chocolate fondant.
At this stage my parents walked through the front door at 6.30pm. I very quickly placed the chocolate fondant flowers and leaves on the cake, there was no plan for this.
With a little lustre spray just to make it sparkle the cake was ready at 6.45pm – 2.5 hours after I started.
The cake was enjoyed by all and the taste was lovely, especially as it was just out of the oven.
It’s not my best looking cake, but what I have come to realise, is that a year ago, there would have been no way that I could achieve a baked and decorated cake in that time of 2.5 hours. I would have barely got started.
I have now a better understanding about how cakes are put together in speed, and I still have a looonnnng way to go in technique, but feel that I am getting more confident in my abilities as time goes on. And I know that if something goes wrong, that I can handle a situation where speed is of the essence, again a few months back, I would have gone into a blind panic.
Change of subject – I get to make another boys cake next week, which I love doing something different from my normal girlie style. Sometimes we all need a little break from pink.
Plus there are a couple of other projects in the pipeline, all of which I will share with you all at a later date.
Until then 🙂