Sophie Bakes: Her Husband’s Birthday Cake

I have a confession to make. Last year I was a mean wife. My husband’s birthday and Chloe’s are only three days apart and in the whole day bakeathon with Chloe I might have forgotten to schedule in baking a cake for him until a week or so afterwards. 

I’ve already written about baking the rainbow cake so won’t go back into it here apart from to say that seeing the cake caused my favourite ever reaction from my husband. When he first came into the kitchen and saw the massive cake we had created (it was taller than Chloe’s head – I have photos to prove it) he laughed and laughed and laughed. 

So when it came to baking for his 25th birthday I thought it would be nice to make him his own rainbow cake. So I did (and felt like I was cheating on Chloe the whole time as she wasn’t there to make it with me). 

This – I am sure – is only the first of many rainbow cakes that will be posted on this blog,  as I definitely want to make another with Chloe (and all of the correct rainbow colours). 

The cake was well received and even though cutting thin slices gave you a massive amount of cake I saw at least one person go up for seconds so it must have been pretty tasty! In order for you to see the colours I’m going to leave you with a picture of a slice of cake rather than of the uncut cake itself. 

Soph x 

  

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Chloe Bakes: Lemon and Poppyseed Loaf Cake

It was my birthday last week as you know (lots of baking paraphernalia received!!). I decided to go to Australia for the Easter holidays to visit a very good friend, which meant that I would be travelling home on my actual birthday. Of course it’s definitely against all rules to not have a cake on your birthday, so we baked one a few days before. 

Anything lemon flavoured is by far my favourite, the recipe for this cake came from Jen’s memory (so thanks for that!). I had to make her write it down for me afterwards, as it was beautifully  moist (sorry Soph) and super lemony! 

Looking forward to making it again for an big event we have in two weeks! Tune in then to find out what that is!

Chloe x 

 

Sophie Bakes: Chloe’s Birthday Cake

So Chloe’s birthday came up this Saturday just gone and obviously a cake had to be baked (and a new recipe had to be tried). This time in the year brings up particularly fond baking memories for me as it was (I believe) when we properly discovered just how deep our love of cake and baking went, and how similar we actually are in that respect. 

Last year, Chloe wanted a rainbow cake and she wanted to be a part of the baking. So she came round to mine and we spent 11 hours giggling, baking and icing in the kitchen. We had decided to flavour it with earl grey tea and, as per Chloe’s request, it was stacked according to the rainbow song (“red and yellow and pink and green…”) rather than the true rainbow order (sorry Chloe, I still think you’re wrong…). We also decided to make our own stripy multicoloured meringues. 

When we finally finished the cake was a little bit crazy. It was ridiculously heavy as it had been made 3 times the size of a normal two layered sponge,  it was slightly lopsided and the bottom layers had been squashed from the pure weight of the cake itself. (It’s on the cards to do this cake together again, it is still probably my favourite Chlophie bake.)

However it went down pretty well, it tasted really good, a waitress even came over to have a look inside as she had worked out that it was a rainbow cake and everyone at the table said they had enjoyed it. 

Anyway, the point of the story was that this cake, the cake for Chloe’s 25th birthday couldn’t just be a bog standard sponge. It had to be something a little bit different. In the end I settled on a mojito cake and I think it went down pretty well!

Happy birthday Chloe, it’s really lovely to have you back in the country! 

  

Soph x

Sophie Bakes: Another Birthday Cake

So I have a confession. It was my mum’s birthday on Good Friday this year and so I made a gin and tonic cake to celebrate (we love gin in our house!). It was similar to a lemon drizzle cake but with the addition of gin (score!) but… Here’s the rub. I didn’t take a photo. 

So instead, for your eyes to view today I give you another cake I made for my mum’s birthday, viola! 

This cake was a carrot cake – one of my favourites. This was round about the time I was practicing using the rose nozzle I have (and was mighty pleased about owning). It went down well, but I do have to admit I prefer the gin drizzle cake I made this year! (I’ll have to make it again and make sure I get a photo!) 

Soph x 

  

Sophie Bakes: Guinness Cake

I think one of the joys of Cake Wednesday at work is the opportunity to taste cakes made from recipes I have yet to try. I must admit that if I taste something I haven’t made before, or when there’s a recipe I prefer over one of my own, I make it my mission to find out who baked it and where it was from (I think there’s a compliment somewhere in there for anyone I’ve pleaded recipes from). It’s because of this that I now own what I would class as my (as of yet) Ultimate Guinness cake. We’re talking a Guinness cake where the frosting is creamy and more reminiscent of the drink it is named for than the standard cream cheese. A cake that can be wonderfully dense without being bitter or too sweet. There has been more than one occasion where I have waxed lyrical about this – proclaiming that the substitution of double cream instead of butter makes the frosting much creamier rather than… er… buttery (clearly a new low for my somewhat cake obsessed brain). 

 Anyway, my Dad’s birthday came up recently and I offered to make the cake for it. Of course as Dad likes Guinness this had to be the cake I chose. I had forgotten that a full time job can make it difficult to get a cake cooked, cooled and iced during the hours I am normally awake. It didn’t help that it takes an hour to cook in the oven itself and then needs to cool in the tin; I ended up making the icing the next day in between getting home from work and leaving for the two hour journey to my parents. 

 We took the cake to the restaurant we went to and I must confess that I completely forgot to take a picture before the cake was cut, so please excuse the photo below (it isn’t me trying to go avant guarde!).

Regardless of the poorly lit photo (the frosting was pale cream in reality), the cake was pretty well received! 

 Soph x

Sophie Bakes: Guinness Cake

Chloe Bakes: Thomas the Tank Engine Cake

Hello lovelies,

My turn for a kiddies birthday cake again, this time it was for my nephew’s third birthday. Lots of ideas were had about how to go about a Thomas cake, but we decided on a number 3, which being a mathematician I was very happy with.

The chocolate cake went down so well for the Little Mermaid birthday cake that it was requested for this one too. I made a stencil again for the number 3, making it out of 4 standard round sponges.

Once again I got carried away with the excitement of decorating and didn’t finish until 1am, resulting in another Friday evening of my boyfriend falling asleep in the kitchen watching me (oops! Definitely not sorry!).

I decided not to make a fondant Thomas to go on the track due to timing and experience (I am practising, promise). Was incredibly chuffed that the figure fitted perfectly on the track without prior measurements anyway, so it was clearly meant to be!

Baby shower cake next as another baby is joining the family (not mine!!)! Exciting times 😊

Chloe x

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Mint Chocolate Matchmaker Cake

We have a nice deal at work that everyone puts a little money into the pot and on your birthday you get a Chlophie Cake. This 3 layered chocolate cake was for the head of department, she likes mint so we decided to add a hint with the Matchmakers.

Awesomely the flavour of mint infused into the rest of the cake so it actually all tasted like mint chocolate (score!). This is definitely one that we will do again 🙂

Looking forward to the next work birthday cake!

Chloe x

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Red Velvet Cake

One of the lovely people we work with employed us to bake a cake for her equally lovely nine year old daughter’s birthday party. She wanted a red velvet cake suitable for 20, which we more than catered for!

Due to other commitments we only started baking around 6pm; after battling with red food colouring (it turns out that liquid colouring – or beetroot if you’re that way inclined – is definitely better when trying to attain the signature red of the red velvet cake) the cake baking process took much longer than expected. As a result of our later than expected start and the fact that we only had one tin of the size we wanted, we may have finished icing the cake at 2am. Whoops. Chloe had invited her boyfriend and my husband over in the hopes of getting a board game in whilst we waited, it turns out that this was perhaps a bit idealistic on both our parts. The guys ended up sitting in the kitchen slowly losing the will to live as the two of us performed a marathon bake-athon (we enjoyed every minute the guys not so much)!

Regardless of the timing and colouring difficulties the two us were mightily impressed with the cake. The size of the cake isn’t easily judged by the photo below (and although we didn’t get the chance to “quality control” the final cake to check the taste of it, Chloe’s had some of the rejected not quite red enough first try and she reliably informs me that it tastes excellent)!

Soph x

Red Velvet Cake

Chloe Bakes: Little Mermaid Cake

So on the day of my niece’s Peppa Pig party came the request for the next birthday cake. This time a Little Mermaid themed cake that took a lot of research. I changed my mind on how it would look many times before my final decision. I had lots of fun designing and making this one; the sponge was chocolate flavour with chocolate icing in the middle and I used different colours of vanilla buttercream for decoration.

Looking forward to the end of January for the next one!

Chloe x

The Little Mermaid Cake

Chloe Bakes: Peppa Pig Cake

So my turn to post on here, this is my first one so please bear with me. My cousin’s daughter turned 3 recently and I was told there would be a Peppa Pig themed party. Naturally my first thought went to the cake and they kindly accepted my offer to bake one. This is the first of my kiddies themed cakes and it’s safe to say I absolutely loved it, from drawing the template to building up the icing layers. Below you can see a few of the shots I took along the way. It went down very well at the party and the task of baking birthday cakes for my other little nieces and nephews has begun…

Love Chloe x

Peppa Pig Birthday Cake