The whole reason that I wanted to start the Brighton Bakery was because I love designing and baking cakes. Especially big ones for special occasions. So I was thrilled to be asked by my good friend Laura to bake a cake for her boyfriend Slim's 30th Birthday.
Slim is pretty well known for being a rather handy man. Along with Laura's help, he has just converted an old ambulance into a campervan called Big Trev (check out the Big Trev blog for how they did it) and when they recently moved down to Brighton instead of buying a bed Slim decided to make one out of wood instead. Impressive. So of the 3 ideas I suggested to Laura for the design of the cake it's no surprise she thought that the handyman idea was perfect.
The birthday boy is wheat intolerant so I had a chance to test drive my first gluten free celebration cake. I knew that Slim loved the luscious lemon trickle mash cake I made a few weeks ago but it's quite fragile and I wasn't sure how it would scale up to a 10" cake. So instead I plumped for a recipe in my new Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache cookbook (hate the title but love the recipes) that uses a similar mix of ground almonds and vegetables as the base and is designed to be made as a big cake.
It took a little longer than I thought it would to make, but I have to say I'm really pleased with how it turned out:
Laura picked it up this morning so it's yet to be revealed to Slim but I really hope he likes it. In my next blog I'll show you the making of....