"The journey not the arrival matters" - T.S. Eliot

"The journey not the arrival matters" - T.S. Eliot

Red Velvet Celebration Cake

When we're not debating the philosophical nature of travel, we're in the kitchen baking something fitting to say "Bon Voyage".

A celebration cake is really just any cake befitting the occasion which is being celebrated. For some it could be a simple tea loaf or a Victoria Sponge. On the other hand there are those for whom only a multi-tiered, multi-flavoured, iced, glittered, LED clad, wheeled in by unicorns kind of cake will do.

We've taken inspiration from our departing celebrant and designed this cake around the world, quite literally. Delving below our fondant sea and land masses, we come upon a subterranean world of earth and magma! This Tesco Red Velvet Cake gives us dark layers of chocolaty goodness, sandwiched together with sweet buttercream and homemade strawberry and raspberry jam

The sponge is made using the creaming method but, instead of adding the bicarbonate of soda to the dry ingredients, it is mixed with vinegar. The foaming liquid is then stirred though the batter and the oxygen bubbles help create an extra light sponge.

Once perfectly cool we level each sponge, then fill our cake. Next, the 'crumb coat', a generous application of buttercream smoothed all over and left in the fridge to set. This layer gives a stable foundation for the fondant and ensures any errant crumbs are kept in check.

At last our cake gets a coat of powder blue fondant, a smattering of landmasses, flags for navigation and finally, a pretty pink suitcase.

Happy travels!

A good croissant is hard to find...

A good croissant is hard to find...

Not a baker's dozen...

Not a baker's dozen...