How’s this cake.. Its a bit of an eye opener isn’t it?. It’s not my idea but all the same I was thrilled to make it and also get a comment on Instagram from the original creator , author and blogger Amanda Rettke. She has a playful imagination and no end of ideas it seems.
Several weeks ago I opened an email from Harper Collins offering a peek at a a new release book. I didn’t know what it was going to be and forgot all about it until several weeks later when I found a package on my doorstep. I was quite excited when I saw it was a baking book, I love baking as many of you know.
Its not any old book, to be sure. It’s a journey through a cake artists mind. I have no idea how Amanda dreams these cakes up but they are quite special. If you aren’t the flower or figurine making type of decorator you will probably love the practical alternative, the Surprise inside. There are all kinds of decorating inspiration along with the sometimes mind boggling Surprise -Inside cakes . Her blog I am baker was new to me. Now I follow it avidly along with 11,000 blog subscribers and 25,000 followers on pinterest- and those creations just keep coming. This book offers the secrets of some techniques I’ve always wondered about.
The book is broken down into difficulty levels- easy, medium and challenging and different types of celebration cakes along with basic recipes for frostings, cakes and detailed instructions. This is my attempt at her Candle Rose cake above.
This one is made by starting with a brownie recipe for the base. The candles are made with a delicious white cake made in different sized tin cans. The extra cake is mixed with buttercream in the style of cake pops and little heart shaped pieces pushed into the brownie batter before baking. The cake is covered in buttercream and then piped to look like lace . The candles are covered with icing and candles slipped into the top of the cakes. How did I do?