Life's better with cake and a sprinkle of fairy dust
My dear sister-in-law turns 39 today so I baked this glam cake for her. I took the idea from Lorraine Pascale’s Graffiti cake. The cake is a simple vanilla rainbow cake covered in vanilla Italian Meringue Buttercream.
The real fun begins by boiling sugar with water until the hard crack stage, then food colour is added, red in this case, but you can use any colours you want. Next time I would like to try a mixture of 2 or more colours. Then the hot coloured caramel is poured onto baking parchment in a random graffiti like pattern and count slowly 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5. Then the caramel pattern is picked up gingerly by the corners of the parchment and swiftly wrapped around the cake. You know you’ve got it right when you pick it up and the caramel doesn’t just flow off the parchment.
In addition, when hot caramel hits cold buttercream, it sets hard almost instantly, so there is no room for mistakes here. One swift, decisive motion from tabletop to cake is very important. I cannot stress this enough; it is a mad race against time. Other than the nagging feeling of paranoia that somehow it would not work and I’d end up with a spoilt cake, this was actually pretty fun to do.