There are some people for whom it is worth going the extra mile – definitely the case when two of your oldest schoolfriends are celebrating their birthdays, and you’re going to see them at a reunion weekend.
So, the research began. What cake to make to feed 12 adults whilst also communicating the gratitude for the good friendship of the two leading ladies?
I cannot help the cake magpie in me which means I am drawn to colours and glitter and sprinkles – my favourite childhood cake was plain sponge tray bake, iced white with sprinkles on top, purchased from a fab cafe in Derry called The Acorn. Mum bought me one on our Saturday trips into town and they remain in my head as a ideal bun to have with a cup of tea. Simple yet special.
So I went for colour – and sprinkles. I made four plain sponge layers, dyed each a different colour and then layered them with buttercream. The sponge was so light the crumbs were pulling away and I had a mini fit, but it sat tight in the end.
Add the afore mentioned sprinkles, some glitter writing icing and a rainbow ribbon (for a hint of what lay within) and it was done.
My happiest moment of its planning, cooking, construction and devouring was when I cut into it with a knife and was able to remove a solid slice of four colours. Relief!