I’ve always loved giving gifts. I won’t usually settle for just a gift card (unless they ask for it specifically) because I like knowing that when the person rips open the wrapping paper and opens the box, the gift is something they know was made or purchased especially with them in mind. I also love gift-wrapping presents. I need to make the present look pretty, even if it’s just a present plonked into a gift bag – I have to have tissue wrapping in the gift bag!
Lately, I’ve taken to baking my gifts to friends. I like to think my skill as a baker has moved forward and my bakes are delicious and decadent enough for people to feel special they received cake or pastry baked by me.
I baked a chocolate Guinness cake and cupcakes for a birthday celebration that we attended during the weekend. It was a get-together we had planned with our Filipino friends ages ago to celebrate the July birthdays and the early August birthday.
I needed to test frosting colours to so I made extra cupcakes to try the colours out. I was trying for a marbled effect but it didn’t quite work for the cupcakes so I’ll have to look at more YouTube videos and figure out a better technique for the particular effect I was going for. It was a good thing my batch did 2 dozen cupcakes. The leftover batter filled about 9 mini bundt pans but they stuck to the cake moulds so they stayed home.
I iced 22 cupcakes (mostly because that was what fit in the box!). With the disaster that were the rainbow marble cupcakes (they mostly looked very Rastafarian!) I tried for a fuschia-y pink shade but the first try turned out more lavender than pink (it kind of suited because some of the birthday celebrators went to Mayfield Lavender Fields on a day trip to take fabulous pictures). I knew where I went wrong but daren’t add more food colouring because I didn’t want the frosting to taste too artificial!
I was quite pleased with the way my large cake came out. It was very detail-heavy because it had swirly roses, piping all around it and silver dragèe balls. Once I finished icing the cake, I moved it to the box I was going to carry it in and OH MY GOODNESS! It was quite a substantial weight. I think I weighed over 2.5 kg!
I was pleased that my friends and Alan loved their cake. They loved the flavours and the loved the cake enough to take photos and style the cake before they shot the photographs. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your photos on Instagram. I’m so…tickled pink (Sorry! It had to be said!)!
I might be on to a good thing!
*Thank you to @mutyyyaaa and @chic.wanders.in for letting me use their photos of the cakes on this blog post. Mucho appreciated guys! Love you!❤️