Monday, 2 May 2011
A very large cake
I thought you might all be entertained by this picture that I took whilst mixing the middle tier of my wedding cake on Saturday. Inspired by the Royal Wedding on Friday, I thought that I had better get on with the task of making my own cake as there were only 3 months left to go, so I made a start with the middle tier (the top tier will be vegan and gluten free and won't keep so well, so needs to be made nearer the time). I suddenly realised that I had hit a snag on Friday night when I weighed out the fruit to soak it in brandy, and it filled my largest mixing bowl. What was I going to use to combine the fruit with the rest of the ingredients? K came up trumps and found his wine-making equipment which includes a rather large bucket, and washed out it suited my purposes admirably. I used my Kenwood mixer to cream the butter and sugar and beat in the eggs (11 of them!), but I stirred it all together in the bucket before pouring it into the 10" tin. This enormity spent 6 hours in the oven and smelt wonderful! Next Saturday will be the 12" but I'll need to start before lunch if I'm not to be up until midnight. I'm relieved that eggs will be on offer at the supermarket at the end of the week as I need 17 for it...
PS: Decoration not yet decided, have just started a cake decorating evening class, which I hope to post more about in due course (but was stymied last week by the migraine and general poorliness).