This is one of the most time consuming cakes I can remember doing during the past couple of years. I know I made life hard for myself by making each book individually on the side of the cake and piping so many authors and novels but even so, it took hours and hours to do the side alone. Sadly, I don’t feel the cake has photographed nearly as well as I wanted. I really liked the effect on the sides of the cake when it was finished – The book on the top of the cake was so much more detailed than it appears in the pictures too. Hey ho, that’s the joy of working with icing. I’m sure I could have done a quicker job but as a Book Lover myself, I wanted the perfect cake for Sue.
Sue is the sister of my very good friend, Louise and used to be a librarian. I asked for her favourite authors and did some research into their books. I’m very impressed by how high brow her reading tastes are! Definitely some new reading recommendations for me there.
The piping is done using a Number 1 nozzle (which is really tiny!) – Tip: Practice a lot before adding to the cake. I did all the piping before sticking the books onto the sides of the cake – It’s nigh on impossible to pipe neatly sideways. My brief was blues and greens and quite feminine. So many of the book cakes that we were looking at for inspiration were either very masculine, bold or quite childlike.
Bake of the Week
Its so fantastic to see our entries increasing each week on #BakeoftheWeek. Myself and Jenny really do love sharing your posts and get so much inspiration from our wonderfully creative bloggers. If you are new to Bake of the Week, welcome! We love to welcome new members – there’s hardly any rules – just add the #BakeoftheWeek badge to your post (old posts are fine) and link to both me (http://casacostello.com) and Jenny (http://mummymishaps.co.uk).
In return we share your posts across Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Yummly & StumbleUpon & sometimes Facebook. This is all in addition to linking to every post in the following week’s roundup. There’s no theme, we welcome any type of bakes either in an oven or slow cooker – If you are just learning to bake, that’s great too. We have all levels of bakers here and love you all!
So let’s get on with admiring our latest entries:
Featured Bake of the Week:
My featured bake this week comes from The Baking Explorer with her Vegan Oreo Brownies. I had heard before that Oreos are vegan but had forgotten. I love how versatile brownies can be by just adding one or two different ingredients. My girls would definitely love these Oreo Brownies even though they aren’t vegans. Kat also shows step by step instructions on how to make her brownies too which is great for new bakers.
I’ve divided this week’s #BakeoftheWeek entries into Fruit/Veg based bakes and Non-fruit bakes for ease. Once again, I’m overwhelmed by the creativity of our bloggers:
Fruit & Vegetable Inspired Bakes:
1. These Raspberry & Rose Friands from Tin & Thyme look so delicate but are actually a super easy bake and GF too.
2. Trying out sugar free baking & being brave enough to test it on her kids is Searching for Spice with this Sticky Date & Apple Cake.
3. Sharing her useful tips for a successful Strawberry Baked Alaska is Only Crumbs Remain. I still remain in awe of how ice-cream can survive whilst being baked.
4. So creative with her ingredients is Everyday Healthy Recipes with these incredible Avocado Raspberry Muffins. They are Dairy Free too!
5. Another really interesting combination of flavours but I bet they work brilliantly together, Zucchini (Courgette), Apricot & Pistachio Bread from Allotment 2 Kitchen.
6. I love how Bake of the Week can introduce me to something completely different & this Zucchini (Courgette) Savoury Slice is very new to me. I will definitely be trying out Allotment 2 Kitchen’s recipe as soon as I get some Courgettes though!
Non Fruit Bakes:
7. The green filling with the dark of the chocolate in these Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pies is just incredible. And they were baked by the Gluten Free Alchemist’s daughter too – Very talented baker there!
8. Everyone needs a good recipe for Soft Chocolate Chunk Cookies and these from the Proper Foodie look wonderful. I read from her post that they didn’t last long though!
9. Celebrating Yorkshire Day yesterday was Only Crumbs Remain with this magnificent Homemade Gingerbread Cake.
10. This party food cake is a must for any children’s birthday celebration. I love Jenny at Mummy Mishaps for how she pulls out all the stops when its celebration time!
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