I am not a baker or beautifier of cakes, it just never has been my strong suite and I have a great propensity for flopping baking. I do have a handicap in terms of an oven. So when my soon to be 4 year old was “needing” a mermaid cake and both the bakers I usually rely on – my mother in law and my sister – both super competent at an international level, were not available I had to muster all the courage I had and proceed.
I found a foolproof sponge recipe – Delia Smith says you can not flop this. Well Delia has not met me or my oven. It looked lobsided and burnt on the edges and I thought well here we go again. Almost sobbed on my 4 year old’s behalf.
I work so into the freezer the cake went looking fairly forlorn. We travelled to the beach for the weekend so frozen it stayed and into the beach freezer.
Sunday morning dawned and I put on my big girl pants, woke up early and took the flat lopsided “clay” to be moulded out.
Mixing coloured icing was something that I thought would be easy, but the stuff kept curdling. Beat beat, mix mix, curdle curdle. Cutting the shapes using my trustworthy iPhone photo on pinterest went easily – I so should have been a surgeon. Next I started icing the lady mermaid and making her look as if she was happily playing in the waves. I managed to surprise myself and all the children. Delight!