This week has been a week of birthdays, which always means two things (and my two favourite things) – baking and eating. This week I baked something I wouldn’t normally choose to bake, but as it was a birthday cake I was making, I thought I would branch out. ‘Rainbow cakes’ fall into a category of baking I like to refer to as ‘American Showy Bakes’. I’m not a big fan of American baking blogs. That’s not to say I dislike them all, there are some fantastic ones (www.joythebaker.com being a perfect example of this). But a lot I have come across seem to put more effort into making their bakes look flashy than actually using good quality ingredients, any recipe that says ‘1 box of yellow food cake’ in the ingredients list I strike straight off my ‘to bake’ list. I think I am quite british with my baking, I would choose a Victoria Sponge over a Cupcake any day. So ‘Rainbow Cakes’ all seem a bit flashy for my taste. However, having recently received a copy of the new recipe book by Ed Kimber ( Winner of the first ever Great British Bake Off and all round nice guy) and seeing a rainbow cake with white chocolate meringue icing in it, I decided it would be a worthy endeavour, and it definitely was. It did, however, take an absolute age to make as I only have one 20 inch cake tin at my flat in Edinburgh, so I had to bake one layer at a time. I also only had standard food colouring, which meant the colouring of my cake was not as vivid as Ed’s beauty, but I think it was still pretty effective. I would 100 percent recommend Ed Kimber’s new book ‘Say it with Cake’ it has different chapters dedicated to events, seasons and celebrations (the tiny ghost cakes for halloween are too cute) and his recipes are thorough and easy to understand. Here’s a (rather poor quality) picture of the inside of my cake..
Also, as I am a MASSIVE cooking/Great British Bake Off nerd I tweeted a picture of my cake to the-boy-who-bakes himself, Mr Ed Kimber, he retweeted me and told me it looked fab (something I was super excited about but no one else, other than my fellow foodie flatmate, seemed to care about!)
The second instalment of Birthday celebrations came in the form of Afternoon Tea with my Mum at the very beautiful Dome on George Street, Edinburgh. It is absolute stunning, especially adorned with Christmas decorations, and is a truly special experience (not doing things by half, they actually have snow flakes falling from the top of the building) The cakes are delicious, the service is impeccable, and it is always a treat to spend an afternoon, once in a blue moon, pretending to part of high society!