I thought I’d be more adventurous for my friends birthday this year and had a go at making a cake inspired by the amazing work of Rosie over at sweetapolita.com.
Initially I wanted to make the fab ruffle cake, but I didn’t have the time and was a bit reluctant to have a go at making swiss meringue buttercream in a rush, so I improvised….
I used the chocolate sponge recipe from the ruffle cake, then I made traditional vanilla buttercream, made it a very light pink and iced my cake like the ‘Love Cake & Sprinkles’
Unfortunately my photos don’t look as good as Rosie’s.
If anyone knows of any tips on how to take great food photos I’d love to hear from you!
The cake tasted AMAZING.
I would definately recommend Rosie’s Chocolate cake recipe, found here:
In preparation for my ‘Things to Achieve…’
I’ve Googled tea rooms in Southwold and this is what I’ve found, can’t wait to visit and sample all the delights….
- Tilly’s of Southwold – 51A High Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DJ – http://www.tillysofsouthwold.co.uk/
- Buckenham Galleries – 81 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DS – http://www.buckenhamgalleries.co.uk/coffee.html
- Trinity’s Tearoom – 54 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6ND
- Squire’s Tearoom – 71 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DS – http://www.squireschocolate.fsnet.co.uk/tea.htm
- Southwold Boatyard and Tearoom – Blackshore, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6TA
I need your help….
One of my ‘Things to Achieve’ is to do a mini-tour of British Tea Rooms and Cake Shops, and I need suggestions on places to go.
So if you know of any Tea Rooms or Cake Shops in the following counties that you think I should visit, please let me know by posting a comment…
A random selection you might say, but I know that at some point in the next three months I will be in one of these counties.
I’d love to know if you know of a hidden away, little gem of a place, the more unique and independent the better.
It’s all part of a wider project that I’ll tell you about in due course, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while…
As soon as I got engaged I knew that I wanted my cake to be from Maison Bertaux, Soho, London.
I have been going to Maison Bertaux regularly since I stumbled across it on a wander around London in the first few months of living there. Now that I no longer live in London I always make sure that whenever in London I make a detour when I’m visiting, even if it means travelling right the way across London.
I have taken pretty much everyone I know to Maison Bertaux, it has to be my favourite place in London and pretty much acts like my ‘North Star’ and I navigate myself around London based upon its location.
There is also a closer family link that I didn’t even know about until after I’d been visting Maison Bertaux for about 2 years. My Auntie who is as scatty as I got her wedding cake, a majestic Croque en bouche, from Maison Bertaux. I have vivid memories of my Aunties majestic cake standing tall in the living room of her London flat when I was about 6 years old. On a visit to her house I was telling her all about this fantastic little independent patisserie I had stumbled across, she told me that Maison Bertaux was where she got her wedding cake! There are more of these funny little links to family in other parts of our wedding. There is a whole story about my Auntie and her new Husband carefully carrying the 4ft tall croque-en-bouche in the back of a London cab! Needless to say the staff at Maison Bertaux were a bit disconcerted when the black cab arrived and the cake, along with my Auntie and Uncle disappeared off to Stoke Newington, London.
I have pictures somewhere of my Auntie’s cake and I will post them when I manage to dig them out.
Click the link to read more about my cake adventures…
Beautiful Shortbread Buttons, I think I may make some for my upcoming birthday!