Today is the (now) 6yo’s birthday.  I will at some later date write about the relative nightmare that is a birthday over the Christmas period, but for today I am going to stick with cake, and then wine, and then sleep…

Last night, after returning from the inlaws after our second Christmas dinner in two days, I started on ‘The Cake’.  The vision was in place, this was to be a Barbie cake, in the traditional mould of crinoline-attired toilet roll covers of the 1970s…. Yes, I always aim high with my inspiration.

Starting baking at 9pm, tired, stuffed full of food and chocolate with a vodka and coke in my hand possibly wasn’t the best preparation, but needs must.

So the plan was to make two layers, sandwich them with jam and buttercream, dig out a hole for legless Barbie and voila, Brucie bonus, Job Done….

As it turned out, the cake didn’t rise too well, the top layer got burned, and Barbie ended up propped up by an orange pencil buried in what should have been the bottom layer which was, in turn, stuck using the buttercream to a handy tupperware pot.

I retired at 1.30am. Then got up this morning, went to Waitrose and bought a tray bake….

For Decorative Purposes Only:

For Decorative Purposes Only

13 thoughts on “For Decorative Purposes Only

  • December 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Happy Birthday to your daughter (I’m assuming ‘daughter’!) I would have skipped the first few steps and gone straight to the tray bake. I am extremely good at baking of course, and my New Year’s resolution is to stop lying in the comments section of blog posts.

  • December 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    You assume right my dear – and don’t give up the lying, I find it very entertaining actually. Next you’ll be telling me you’re a dab hand at changing the clutch on a VW Sharan – that would truly be a godsend x

  • December 27, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Oh no, but rofl. She looks good, honest!! Happy birthday to your little one, hope she had a lovely day. I have my birthday next week, I have always had a bee in my bonnet about that and wish my parents had organised themselves better. An explosion of presents around Christmas and a drought for the rest of the year!! So many people had the cheek to give one present for both events too. Hope your daughter doesn’t hold it against you 😀 Jen

  • December 28, 2010 at 12:13 am

    So is the orange pencil stuck up her bottom? I need to know.

  • December 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    It’s my daughter’s birthday today (27th Dec) too! I’ve still not quite forgiven myself for landing her with a Christmas birthday yet. And I paid someone else to make her cake this year…Happy Birthday to yours. S x

  • December 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    That cake is bloody marvellous, sure small child will love it! Hope her party is fab & you are all enjoying Xmas.


  • December 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Aw that’s a nice attempt. Reminds me a bit of those decorative toilet roll holders we used to have when we were kids, but never mind that.

    Oh and don’t forget, baking while tippling never did Fanny Craddock any harm. Carry on that way and you too will have cakes like Fanny’s.

    Badum tish.

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  • December 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    You share too much. If you’d just posted that photo and said ‘look what I made’ we’d all have been WELL impressed!

  • January 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Um, i assumed the photo was the bought cake! Says a lot about my baking ‘skills’….;-)


  • January 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I am much better at decorating cakes than making them. It looks fab honey. Next time, buy a plain cake and make it your own. The decorating is the best bit anyway. 😀 And yay for your 6 year old. (M will be 6 at the end of Jan. It goes too fast doesn’t it?)

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