Sunday, 29 April 2012

Choc Caramel Dinosaur Cake

Last week it was Mr Makes' Birthday. I've had my eye on this Chocolate & Caramel Layer Cake on BBC Good Food for a while now and finally decided to make it for his Birthday cake. 

The ingredients list isn't exactly short, so I had to do a little shopping beforehand. It was well worth it though and once I'd measured everything out it was pretty easy to make. The ground almonds and yogurt made the sponge so springy and moist, and the chocolate ganache was to die for!

Once stacked and filled with caramel it was a surprisingly tall cake. As I was applying the chocolate it did wobble about a little, but after half an hour or so it had set and was perfectly stable (survived an hour car journey just fine). I did have trouble finding a box tall enough to transport it in though!

You may well have guessed by now that Mr Makes likes dinosaurs, so I wanted to make a few dinos to decorate the cake. I found this great tutorial for a T-Rex over at A Baked Creation and gave it a whirl. I made the cute purple dinosaur and Mr Makes made the slightly disturbing, half eaten, green one!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

My first post!

Here I am, I made it! I’ve decided to blog about the stuff I make.

So, here's a little about me and what to expect...

I love baking. More often than not I'm in the kitchen whipping up some sort of sweet treat. My collection of baking books is ever expanding and I’m constantly thinking about what recipes and flavours to try out next. I sew, but I’m relatively new to the world of sewing. Mr Makes bought me my first sewing machine last year and I’ve been learning from books and blogs, mostly picking stuff up as I go along really. Oh and I’ve started doing a little embroidery and cross stitch too. I often take photographs of things I create and I’m excited about sharing these.

I hope you enjoy!