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Show us your cakes and win a signed copy of Delia's new book

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CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 31-Jan-13 14:32:14

As part of Food Feb - a month-long celebration of food on Mumsnet - we want you to show us the cakes you've made and decorated for your family. It could be a first birthday special, or a wedding cake for your sibling - whatever it is, we'd like to see it.

The three best cakes submitted will each win a copy of Delia Smith's new book, Delia's Cakes. Even better, we'll have the cooking goddess herself coming in for a webchat on 28 February, when she'll announce the three winners and personally sign a copy of her new book for them.

What we'd really love is that when you post your picture you include any tips on how you made it and give specifics on decorating styles, tools or tricks that you used, so that others can emulate your cake-decorating prowess.

To enter, simply upload your image as a post on this thread, using the image upload tool. See our image-uploading tips in the topic note above.

We'll shortly be showcasing this comp on our Facebook page too. (We'll post up the link when it's live.) Winners will be chosen from all the cake pics uploaded to this Talk thread and to Facebook.

The competition closes on 20 February, at which point we'll convene an MNHQ panel to judge the entries and decide on three winners. For additional terms and conditions go to our T&Cs page

If you're one of them, we'll contact you on Wednesday 27 February to ask whether you'd like Delia to inscribe the book with your Mumsnet or RL name.

Dentistbear Mon 11-Feb-13 10:57:18

Am I allowed to post my Octonauts cake as there's already one entered? I'll do it anyway and will withdraw it if need be. I've also name changed for this, as it will out me!

This was a 2 tier cake. Vanilla sponge (10 inch) on the bottom, split twice and filled with strawberry/raspberry buttercream on one layer and vanilla buttercream on the other. I also used a vanilla syrup. The top layer (8 inch) is a lemon sponge (split once), filled with a lemon buttercream (a lemon syrup was also used). Both cakes were crumb coated in the relevant buttercream, then covered with a layer of marzipan and finally a layer of fondant. All the decorations are edible and I added gum tragacynth to the fondant to make it more suitable for modelling. The cake was designed in 2 layers as my son had a birthday party with friends on one day and then a family party the next. I removed the top layer with the figures intact, cutting the bottom for the children. The bottom layer was dowelled and the top was sitting on a cake card.

My top tip would be to knead Trex into the modelling paste if it starts drying out. Always replace your paste back into plastic bags between using to keep it pliable. Also, to avoid unsightly bulges around the middle of your cake, be careful not to overfill. I chilled my cakes after crumb coating which seemed to help (don't do this after covering with marzipan/sugarpaste though, as the condensation will ruin the surface).

Dentistbear Mon 11-Feb-13 11:02:52

My last tip would be to take inspiration from the internet. Pinterest is very useful as is YouTube. There are loads of really good tutorials from professionals on there. Also, invest in a few good tools if you can. A silicone rolling pin is very useful and you can pick up modelling tools fairly easily from places like TKMax.

stealthsquiggle Mon 11-Feb-13 12:13:52

Aaargh - decisions, decisions - which cake to enter - too hard!!

<dithers, and marks place in the process>

stealthsquiggle Mon 11-Feb-13 14:36:25

OK, Here goes - I have a whole flickr set of cakes here, most of which would qualify, but I think I will enter the cake I did for my father's last birthday (pictured above).

Please note no actual asparagus was harmed in the making of this cake (although some did get quite sticky whilst being used as a colour model grin). The cake inside (I will post a photo of it cut) is "inmates chocolate cake" from the Green & Blacks recipe book, because, after a significant amount of eating cake experimentation, it is the best cake I have found with a dense enough texture to support icing without collapsing, whilst remaining moist and actually tasting nice. I cut some extra layers in and used Hummingbird vanilla frosting to sandwich it and cover the cake.

I had better confess upfront that this cake was inspired by a tutorial I stumbled across online, but since my father's birthday is at the end of the asparagus season (we live in an area with lots of asparagus growers) it tends to feature in his birthday lunches, and I couldn't resist. Making the cake is remarkably simple - just soul-detroyingly repetitive and time consuming. I rolled spears of asparagus from fondant (with sugarcel added to make it a little less brittle) coloured a variety of shades of green, and then textured them with a pair of scissors - snipping the ends, and some 'leaves' into the stalks. Once they have dried a bit, I then dusted them with purple and green petal dust to give the right colouring, with red highlights here and there (study some real asparagus - you would be surprised).

And repeat. Ad inifinitum. You need 100's of tips of spears for the centre, and enough to go all the way around the outside with no gaps. You need more than you could possibly imagine and your clothes/house/pets/DC/entire existence will be covered in petal dust before you are done.

The elastic band is an extruded strip of red gumpaste.

The pain fades, as with childbirth, when you get to see the end result. This is true of most of the really pleasing cake results I have had except R2D2 from which the scars remain to this day

stealthsquiggle Mon 11-Feb-13 14:39:10

As threatened promised, a photo of the cake once cut

Tailtwister Mon 11-Feb-13 15:00:55

That asparagus cake is insane stealth (in a good way)! I've never seen anything like it, absolutely amazing. People must have been speechless when they saw it.

stealthsquiggle Mon 11-Feb-13 15:18:53

grin Tailtwister - most people assumed it was real asparagus and were all hmm about the combination of asparagus and cake (which does, admittedly, sound revolting).

AnnieWinehouse Mon 11-Feb-13 17:54:11

How many are we allowed?!

My cake-baking obsession started with my DS's fifth birthday, and each year I plan for both DC's birthdays for weeks. DS's 8th is coming up in nine weeks...

My most recent was FIL's 80th birthday in January. I used Nigella's old fashioned chocolate cake recipe from her website, then decorated using both buttercream and fondant icing, and the kids helped me with the 'ladybirds' and 'flowers'.

My tip would be to trawl through internet images with a 'theme' in mind, not just cakes, but cartoons too, then sketch your own design, but don't be afraid to change it if necessary throughout the decorating wine-drinking process.

AnnieWinehouse Mon 11-Feb-13 18:01:12

The entries so far are amazing though! I shall just bow out gracefully now...

twistybookworm Mon 11-Feb-13 19:56:19

I made this cake for my oldest daugther's 6th Birthday, I coloured my sponge mix with gel colours to get the rainbow effect and baked it in two square tins, I then carved the cake in the shape of a horses head based on a picture of a cartoon horse I had seen on the internet. Then I covered it in marzipan, then white fondant, I sprinkled liberally with edible glitter. I coloured white fondant in rainbow colours again and rolled them out next to one another, cut them into to strips and wrapped them around the handle of a wooden spoon to make the curly mane.

twistybookworm Mon 11-Feb-13 19:56:57

This is after we'd cut it.

twistybookworm Mon 11-Feb-13 19:57:54

This is how I got the rainbow effect

twistybookworm Mon 11-Feb-13 19:59:15

Covered in marzipan after i'd carved it.

rockinhippy Tue 12-Feb-13 00:49:39

This (I hope) is my DDs 10th birthday cake - it's a coral reef theme to go with her Sealife Centre Birthday party & its all made of chocolate with edible glitters and paints smile

Are we only allowed one entry ??

rockinhippy Tue 12-Feb-13 00:52:32

OOooo, it worked

Can I enter this on behalf of my 10yr old DD - these are Christmas Cakes that she designed, made & decorated as Xmas gifts for her teachers...

rockinhippy Tue 12-Feb-13 01:15:25

I'm going to be cheeky and add another anyway, please delete if its 1 entry pp

This is my MILs 75th birthday cake, she loves all things green & woolly with needles, this is what I came up with for her - my own recipe with is a rich dark gingery fruit cake, with nuts & exotic fruits soaked in spiced rum & decorated with royal icing...

Startail Tue 12-Feb-13 01:51:03

The asparagus is brilliant!

I lost the will to live putting row after row of scales on a huge mermaid, but that is far far worse better

mummytrev Tue 12-Feb-13 08:53:00

This is a cake that I made for my mum. The drapes are really easy to do - just stick a big blob of sugarpaste on the cake, put a hole in the top for the flowers and leave to dry. Then just roll out a sheet of icing, put folds in it and wrap around the 'blob' on the cake and let it drape down. It looks great and you don't have to worry about being particularly neat or precise. The flowers are all made from sugar too and wired together to make sprays.

philpbird Tue 12-Feb-13 09:27:55

Such amazing cakes on here....

This is not one of my most precise cakes ever - but one of the most loved!

For DS's 3rd birthday: a digger cake! The joy of this was that it was supposed to look muddy like a construction site. I bought a set of small wooden diggers from Amazon and used mashed-up Oreos, Crunchies, nuts and chocolate-covered raisins for different building effects. One corner of the cake was shaved away so that the big digger could be working on it. The inside was two double layers of rich chocolate cake, with tons of chocolate icing as you can see. I covered a cake board with construction tape that I found in a Costco.

In the event, the cake was pretty much eaten by 8 three-year old boys using the diggers to feed themselves. It wasn't pretty, but huge fun! I think it would be pretty easy to recreate as no v complicated techniques involved, and I can't imagine anything more heavenly for digger-loving little boys!

mornsw Tue 12-Feb-13 16:01:11

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CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Feb-13 16:02:47

Mummytowillow - when you add a message you'll see a box below with a button saying choose file - use that to find your picture, add it to your message and then post the whole thing.

twistysister Tue 12-Feb-13 23:42:10

My daughter asked for a Toy story cake with Mr bump for her 4th Birthday and here it is. I bought the toy story figures, but I made Mr Bump out of fondant. I cut templates out of cereal boxes and made the head board out of gingerbread

Wonderlandbabe Wed 13-Feb-13 18:58:17

I started making cakes for friends and family nearly two years ago and caught the cake decorating bug. I was lucky enough to get an airbrush for Christmas and this is my very first go with it on a cake!! This cake is for my very good friend.

Wonderlandbabe Wed 13-Feb-13 20:25:48

This is my official entry into the competition, as this one was for my niece Emma on her 18th.

LeeAnnWelsh Wed 13-Feb-13 20:32:02

This was made for my son who loves magic, I piped it all and was quiet please with myself as I only just started getting it to cake decorating and it was one of my first/

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