What bizarre weather we have been having in Glasgow recently. It is miserable one day and glorious sunshine the next! I am therefore alternating my time between pottering around the garden and dashes of indoor crafting as dictated by the weather!
A week past on Saturday was a particularly miserable and rainy day – a truly ‘dreich’ day as we say in bonnie Scotland! I decided to take full advantage by using both the weather and my brother’s birthday as excellent excuses to spend the whole day in the kitchen, baking. I was feeling adventurous and so I tried my hand at a new recipe – a lemon and blueberry sponge cake – quite a leap away from my usual Victoria sponge! But I couldn’t find a recipe online that was exactly what I was looking for. Instead, I adapted my Victoria sponge recipe by adding the zest of one lemon and a good handful of fresh blueberries. The result was super tasty – if I do say so myself! Mr D claimed it was the best cake I have ever made – I guess he is biased too but I was pretty happy with that praise!
As it was for my brother’s birthday, I took the chance to go a bit wild with the icing and this was the result – a Super Mario cake, complete with toadstools!
Of course, Mario is on his Kart, poised for his next race! What do you think? I have to say I did cheat a bit – he is made from icing apart from the wheels and steering wheel. I didn’t have any black icing or the right food dyes to achieve black and so I improvised – with blueberries!
I learnt how to create icing characters about 18 months ago when I spent the day at a sugarpaste modelling class run by Top Tier Cake School in Glasgow. It was a brilliant day and I am pleased to say that the skills have stuck with me, despite only exercising them for special occasions! That reminds me, Mr D’s birthday isn’t too far away now… I will need to start planning his cake soon!
Mrs D xx