One of my missions to complete before I turn 30 was to make a multi-coloured layer cake. So I did!
I love the look of these cakes, but I wanted to make something with a bit more flavour than a standard sponge cake. So I decided to make autumnal-coloured carrot cake with cinnamon cream cheese icing.
I used this recipe by Mary Berry but I made a couple of changes. First, I used on and a half times the quantities given, to make 3 layers instead of two. Then I added ginger (lots), cinnamon (lots), nutmeg and cloves to my own personal taste, instead of the recommended mixed spice. One the cake batter was mixed, I split it into three and added yellow, orange and red gel food colouring respectively. The red was very effective, the orange and yellow less so. So I added a bit of red into the orange layer. The cake has a lovely golden brown colour by itself, so the colour needed to be quite strong.
Finally, I adapted the frosting by adding LOADS more icing sugar and quite a healthy dose of cinnamon. I wish I'd made slightly more as I was running a bit short by the time I came to ice the sides of the cake. It looks like an apprentice plasterer did the icing. And apprentice plasterer who is about to be told to give up because they'll never make it as a plasterer.
But it tasted good! Really good, but as it's a Mary Berry recipe, I expect nothing less :D And the pictures don't show how monumentally HUGE it is. One slice could feed 6, and that's from yours truly who is a firm believer in big portions when it comes to cake. I kept it in the fridge, mainly to keep the icing reasonably firm, and it lasted a good week without drying out. YUM.
So ambition achieved!
P.S. Little news flash: I've now spent so much more time playing with project life cards on non-project life pages that I've completely abandoned m project life project plan. It's just not for me. So I'll share some layouts soon and stick to working with those lovely little cards that way!