Tuesday 29 April 2014

Surf's up!

A couple of weeks ago my lovely friend Claire turned forty.  I'm still reeling at that...she doesn't look a day over 62!

(I kid, I kid...I would never have pegged her as being anywhere near the big 4-0.)

As cake is always an appropriate gift, I pulled out my favourite chocolate cake recipe and set about making her a birthday cake.

Now... Claire is sporty.  She's a bona fide surfer girl.  She bikes up and down mountain and she runs, too.  (Not all at the same time.)  What on earth she's doing being friends with a fully-fledged sloth like me is beyond me, but I'm glad she is!  With all her sporty loves in mind, I had loads of cake ideas leaping around in my head vying for attention, "Me, me, me!"

I settled on a surfing cake for purely selfish reasons.  I've been pinning ruffled cakes to my Pinterest boards for absolutely ages and I've been dying to have a go.  I also wanted to have a go at an ombre cake, and thought the different shades of blue would make quite a good ocean effect. Alas, it quickly became clearly that there was something wrong with my technique in applying ruffles, so I whipped off my embarrassingly awful efforts and went for much chunkier strips that I teased into wave-like shapes with my fingertips.

The surfboard, by comparison, was dead easy.  I just cut it out freehand then smoothed the edges until it looked right.  As a quick shortcut, I dried it in the oven on the lowest heat possible along with the pink gerbera I knocked up while I filled and decorated the main cake.  It worked a treat!

Claire's reaction totally blew me away!  I've never had someone hug me so much over a cake, nearly burst into tears, or phone their Mum and insist that they come round right now to see it!  Wow.  I was nearly in tears myself at that.

Hooray for surprise cakes and hooray for happy friends!

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  1. Wow! It looks brilliant Angela! :D This reminds me of a post I've had in the pipeline for well, years about a couple of the cakes I've made. Who am I kidding, I'll probably never get round to it.

    Jen | gingerellaj.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Oh my goodness, best cake EVER! <3 <3

  3. I would have cried too- such a beautiful cake and such a thoughtful gift

  4. Fabulous cake, Angela! and Happy Birthday to Claire! x

  5. That is one fabulous cake Angela! It does look pretty darn cool - and happy birthday to your friend! :-) xx


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