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
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…