My son’s birthday was a reason to make another birthday cake. My favourite thing to make. It’s a tradition in our family that each year the boys get an amazing cake that usually takes me days to organise and put together. It’s a true labour of love and nothing gives me more satisfaction than when I present their birthday cake and see their eyes light up. It is a memory I hope that they keep for a lifetime, something they tell their children about, something they do for their own children.
I was eliminated from Masterchef for creating a birthday cake, a Rainbow Cake. In hindsight, considering I usually take at least an entire day making their cake, attempting to make it in a 2 hour challenge was near on impossible. However, the cake remains special to me, and I love that is has touched the hearts of so many people from around the world who have remade the cake for their loved ones. I especially love seeing the pictures of their creations. It means so much to me.
I had to recreate the Rainbow Cake for Jesse’s birthday this year. But it needed to be bigger, better, crazier. I came up with an idea to change the layers from going horizontally to vertically, and wanted to introduced a chequerboard effect. The pictures that follow are the result.
This cake contains 72 eggs, 5 kilos of sugar and you don’t want to know how much butter. It is a monster! I made it as two cakes and put one cake on top of the other at the end. I was so worried the top cake would crush the bottom as they were so heavy, but somehow it stayed intact.
Measuring 70cm in height, it was magnificent. Jesse was so happy! We cut it from the top to the bottom to get the first giant slice. To my amazement it pulled out in a whole piece. The colours and the visual effect looked fantastic. I was thrilled!
I hope you enjoy the pics. I have certainly created a new benchmark for myself for the next birthday party. What are we going to do next?