Saturday, 5 November 2011

It's all your fault Sara Lee...

...why I started novelty cakes.  I'm sure my mum did bake the odd cake here and there when I was younger (I've mentioned before she doesn't really do baking or cooking of any description), however, my lasting memory of my birthday cakes were of Sara Lee's black forest gateaux. I might add that it was  partially thawed as anyone who is familiar with Sara Lee know that the cakes are frozen. My mum always forgot to get it out of the freezer on time so it was a right bugger to cut in to. Maybe that's why I like frozen chocolate? The cake used to get in a right old mess as, like today, they have that stupid bit of plastic that runs around the edge of it and takes forever to get off. Don't get me wrong I did like this birthday cake - in  particularly I very much enjoyed the cream swirly bit at the top.

Having said this, when my eldest was born,  I vowed to make a bit of an effort with his birthday cakes.  Sara Lee has been consigned back to the 1970's/80's. I made a penguin cake and was chuffed with myself. I then realised that I would have to continue this with each child year after year (I did sell them for £40 for a little bit but soon realised that time v profit = nothing).  The cake above is one I have made for my step-daughter who turns 18 on Monday. This is the reason why I have not exercised in 2 days - just to be a right royal show off I also made cupcakes.

I am pleased to report that I did not taste the buttercream, the off cuts of cake, the chocolate cupcakes or any sugary fondant icing.  An achievement me thinks.

The ex-wife is coming to collect it tomorrow - this should be interesting (more of her another time) as even when I'm slim she calls me fat.  In fact, I've never met anyone more obsessed with my weight than she.  I would love to give her a pair of scales and ask if she would like to weigh me but not just yet!

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