Just a quickie again tonight. I am shattered. I've been up since six, baked cakes this morning, went to craft group this afternoon and decorated said cakes this evening. I am ready to crawl into bed. Mary-Iane is murmering, I hope she falls back to sleep.
Two lots of cakes today. This first batch are beetroot and chocolate, very moist. I did want to make buttons using a mold to go on top, as well as experimenting with a fondant technique. Time and energy I thought it may take a bit too long so just stuck them on then put some shiny dust on them.
These are lemon cakes, using the lemon curd that I made last week. I didn't have any deep cutters so I cut them normally using a knife. I did want to put runny fondant on but the batch I made was too runny and I didn't have it in me to faff about and get the consisitency right. Instead I went for the long winded option and rolled out fondant, after I had coloured it. They are not as smooth as a christmas cake but there is not marziapan underneath to give a smooth surface.
As HK so wisely says, I must practice and practise and not always expect to get it right every time. Perhaps next time I want to try a new technique on cakes that are for someone else, I should do a test batch. A good idea. I'm not going to out myself down, I haven't the energy for that at the moment. I can't get book/magazine standard cake decoration first time!!
I'll give the recipes either tomorrow or over the next few days.