Cake without baking!
Look at this fabulous beauty. It’s the gateau and cake-stand pattern designed by Esther which I mentioned in my last post. If you click on this link, you’ll see her design for using all the gorgeous teatime blocks she’s designed in one layout. It’s brilliant! Sadly, my gateau has taken forever to finish, not because the pattern was so very difficult but because I can only spend a short time sitting at the sewing machine before my back starts yelling at me. The pattern does require some experience, but it’s not a hard one, you just need to be meticulous. Up to now that has not been a problem, but I did make an exceptionally stupid mistake yesterday regarding colour, which resulted in my having to completely remake the bottom section… I make no excuses, it was just plain stupid.
So, my lovely tiered pale sponge cake has a swirly peppermint frosting and a slightly darker background to give the paler colours better contrast, and it may end up taking centre stage in the middle of the tea-table so as not to throw off the balance visually. Now that it’s Monday again here, I’m going to be checking the mailbox eagerly for squishies; I know there’s at least one on the way destined for the central section, and I’d like to start getting that laid out so I can see how much work I still need to do there.
I’m not averse to using machines in baking, as you probably realise from all my cooking posts, but this is the first time I’ve used a sewing machine to make a cake… It could become addictive!
And we all know how much I love cake… heh, heh!