Don’t you just love it when your hard work pays off with a pretty result!
I think this cake might be the prettiest cake I have ever made. Is it on par with a professional’s? Of course not but it rose evenly, it’s the right colour, there are no holes in the ganache and all the decorations stayed exactly where I put them – definitely a win!
It was made in honour of one of my colleagues who turned 21 over the weekend. She is a lovely girl who always arranges the purchase and delivery of everyone else’s cakes so I thought she deserved something special.
Of course, as per all my creations, this one wasn’t without problems. It was meant to be a two tier cake separated by a layer of ganache but when the new tin I bought started leaking batter all over the inside of my oven, I thought it was time to switch tactics and poured the entire lot into one tin and made one giant cake. Transport was also an issue. I ended up wrapping it in foil and taking taxi into work – holding it gently on my lap while whispering sweet nothings to it encouraging it to stay in one piece.
Thank goodness it worked. It was just perfect. The inside was the right balance between light and fudgy, the ganache a coffee/ chocolate delight and the whole thing was decorated with the birthday girl’s favourite sweet treats -maltesers, chocolate melts and mint bb balls. There was an extra surprise in the form of an m&m well inside too.
I used this recipe as the base and then just went from there.