So here is my bauble cake. Not bad effort if I don't say so myself, although being a daft brush, I took a touch too much off the bottom and ruined the shape somewhat. I was going for a vintage bauble look although the husband thought it looks more like Holy hand grenade of Monty Python fame. Once I photographed the cake for the blog I seriously considered shoving it in his face :)
I created the base using Lakeland's new Hemisphere cake pans, which are quite useful as you previously would have to carve a square cake and waste (or if you are me, eat) the off-cuts. My first attempt I used a Fiona Cairns recipe which I should have known better than to use as everything I have made from her Bake & Decorate book has been a "royal" disaster. The cake was heavy, didn't rise much and the wouldn't have made a decent sphere following the pan's instructions to only fill by 2/3. The second attempt I just used a plain ol' classic sponge recipe with a little cinnamon and satsuma juice to flavour. This did rise but then got stuck in the pan even after hefty buttering. As it was quite a light sponge it was prone to breaking but I salvaged it with some crafty buttercream repair work.
Lakeland Hemisphere cake pans, from £2.99 (3 sizes available).
I was sent the pans to review.