I was the last to arrive as i had Sophie in tow today and its only fair seeing as she helped make the cake, We were all briefed on the theme weeks in advance and it was jubilee as we have just celebrated the Queens diamond anniversary so anything royal is a must. the secret location for this meeting was disclosed to us the day before and it was at Seasons cafe, Rowan Garden centre in Chalfont St Giles, a small independent garden centre with a charming coffee shop attached to it over looking a paddock of horses which Sophie enjoyed looking at.
As you can see from these amazing photograph all taken by the very talented Mandy ( Big thank you ) the new ladies that joined showed off some amazing skills in cake baking and chocolatiering there was an array of amazing chocolate cakes which i think i the most difficult to make as mine always end up a bit dry, but the flair for adding biscuits in one and tempting intense flavours of chocolatiness in another was to die for!!! Not only that one lady manages to create a chocolate crown and paint it in metallic edible paint WOW! and the skills didn't stop there look at the amazing white chocolate crown cake above all hand cut and see the pretty pattern on the chocolate, i will have to ask how to do that at the next meeting.
The Chocolate cake didn't stop coming it was a dream come true and this one, a chocolate cloud cake was a flour less cake and this gave the cake a gorgeous fudge texture and topped with piles of fresh cream was so naughty but so very nice.
Apart from the Chocolate cakes there were many other varieties one clever lady decided to do something a little difference with this historical bread based spicy, nutty and fruit Bolo Rei Portuguese King cake, and it was a winner with all that i saw tucking into it.
cake pop maker and put cake pops inside another cake, i really wasn't sure if it would work but thought hell lets give it a try, the cake pops were pink and had a strawberry taste and sat inside vanilla sponge i think the contrast of colours looks great, although i wouldn't cut the cake in half next time as you loose a little of the polka dot look and think next time will cover a polka dot cake in butter icing, i was nervous to cut into it as i hadn't tested this cake but happy when i did as all was ok.
Mandy Who took all these wonderful photos made a Kir Royal afternoon tea cake and put a lot of effort into her jam using Kir as Mandy described it looked like a giant scone and it was actually the first cake i made a bee line too as i loved her apricot and yoghurt cake from the last meeting.