Well I tried! After painting a series of wonderfully eccentric tiered cakes, I decided it really was time to try and make one. Cake decorating is NOT my strong point, but I was inspired by Donna (Cookie Sunshine) who has made some truly stunning cakes, ( see them here) and I thought, " come on now, I am an artistic person, surely I can do it!"
It was my middle daughters birthday, so I had prepared the sponge cakes, designed the colour scheme, and was up till late in the evening decorating. Purple and Gold, a cake fit for a princess. Ok, I admit, the cake didn't have quite the elegance I was looking for - it is rather 'lumpen' and my piped lines are very wobbly. I tried to pipe a purple flower on the top, but I can't work out how to make a 'blob' without a long icing point on top, which then falls over. Not an elegant flower. My sister said it looked like the rat had been back and left an offering on top of the cake.
Still, it was my best effort yet, and I was feeling rather pleased with myself.
I carefully put it on the top shelf in the pantry and closed the door because Magpie is rather partial to cake.
The following morning I came down to find a chair in the pantry and this:
So , he is in disgrace, but luckily birthday child managed to see the funny side. I, on the other hand, haven't quite forgiven him yet!