Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ruby wedding anniversary

40 years ago, when my mam was 19 she married my Dad who was 24. They had known each other for 4 months when they tied the knot. Explains the look of confusion on all the wedding photos.

Anyway, May saw them celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. They don’t really do wedding anniversary celebrations so this was reduced to cake and wine and dinner and a nice cup of tea.

I made them a cake from the Bake Off: Showstoppers book. Using a secret filling cake tin from Lakeland (about £19.99, but comes with inserts for regular sponges as well as hidden filling ones)

If you have the book, you have the recipe. I went for pink and white as a theme rather than all white, but as you can see from the photos it worked reasonably well. Both parents were happy and a lovely day was had by all.



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Hollywood Cake Contest 2013


So last bank holiday weekend saw the return of the Tyneside Cinema anniversary weekend and with it (fanfare, please) the Hollywood cake contest!

And I wasn’t going to enter. I’d just made a cake for my parents ruby wedding anniversary, it had been a really tough week at work, I was pooped. And uninspired. And grumpy.

But then, having lunch in sunny Tynemouth with le boyfriend, we chatted about it and from nowhere, like some sort of divine intervention he said

“Pet Semetary”

With that shrug of someone who knows they’ve had a genius idea but doesn’t want to look too smug about it.

What’s not to love about murderous undead pets, children and wives in book and film format?

Anyhow. Back to the cake.

I went with my favourite chocolate cake recipe, filled it with vanilla buttercream and apricot jam and topped it chocolate buttercream.

And then came the fun stuff. I dyed coconut green (grass) and crumbled up a couple of flakes (earth) and shaped a very simple tombstone (RIP FLUFFY lovingly painted on with gel colouring) followed by four paws and two ears.

You can see from the photo how they were arranged. I was going for the ‘undead bunny about to leap forth’ look.

I know. I know. It should have been a cat. But a bunny was just…funny?

Took no time at all to do, got good marks for taste, texture and all that jazz but because the judge had never heard of either the book or the film, he awarded 3rd place.

Ah well, there’s always next year. Happy to place, but would love a higher placed finish next year.

Would love to do a Tarantino homage next time…



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