This was the cake I made at Christmas for M’s Mum’s birthday. I love the deep colour of the poinsettia. It makes a great centre piece for any table. But I think all cakes make great center pieces. I’m sure everyone’s noticed the silver pot in the background, I really need a bigger kitchen. I don’t think there was one table in the house that didnt have a cake/cake related thing on it! I know, I could have at least cropped the photo….I’m just too lazy to bother.
The cake itself was really easy to make. It was a lemon and raspberry cake (alternating layers) with lemon curd and raspberry jam filling, covered completely with vanilla buttercream and surrounded with white chocolate cigarellos.
I very rarely make my own lemon curd because I just love this Sainbury’s one. Its so zingy 🙂 I did make my own raspberry jam! 100g Fruit to 40g Sugar. That’s the ratio I normally use. There’s really no need for it to be too sweet especially since there’s going to be buttercream on the cake as well.
Equal quantities butter and sugar. Instead of vanilla extract, I used some vanilla paste. I just loooovvvveee it! Not only does it give that wonderful vanilla flavour/smell it also has those pretty little flecks of vanilla seeds.
That’s really it. Once you’ve got all your components done, its just a matter of assembling everything. You don’t have to use poinsettias. Roses would work just as well. Maybe some gerbera daisies for an easter cake?