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Help! Friend's DH has mistaken me for a baker!!!

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FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Mon 07-Nov-16 12:52:15


One of my dearest friends is 50 on Saturday. I volunteered to help her DH with decorating the venue, but it appears that he also wants me to make the cake. I can cook, but cakes are not a strength! Also, I have to drive about an hour to the party, so I need something that will travel well.

I have ordered two number tins and thought that carrot cake might work well as most people like it and it's quite sturdy. Each of the tins is 30cm x 25cm x 6cm, Liquid Volume - 2.2L

Any help/tips/recipes gratefully received!


PlinkPlonkPlunk Mon 07-Nov-16 12:55:15

Could you buy a plain cake and just decorate it? And go "minimalist", like white fondant with silver balls or something? Or get an edible photo topper made?

Arfarfanarf Mon 07-Nov-16 12:56:12

Buy one.

Branleuse Mon 07-Nov-16 12:59:44

cant you just tell him that youre not a good baker

FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Mon 07-Nov-16 13:03:54

I am determined to rise to the challenge (but will run out and buy one on Saturday if I screw up!). Don't really want to say I won't do it as that will then cause stress at his end and he has a lot to do.

Thanks for tips. I am aiming to keep it relatively plain (just with yummy topping) and let the 50 candles perk things up!

Radiatorvalves Mon 07-Nov-16 13:23:43

Get a reliable recipe book and follow it - to the letter. Don't use the River Café - timings are always peculiar.

Good luck!

FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Mon 07-Nov-16 13:24:47

Thanks, RadiatorValves. Just unearthed a Mary Berry book and think I will follow that. Am going to make cake on Wednesday, so I have plenty of time to go for a backup plan :-)

creampie Mon 07-Nov-16 13:29:58

Betty Crocker is your friend! They come out perfectly and no one will ever know. The carrot cake one is lovely. You can make your own frosting if youre a purist!

Dafspunk Mon 07-Nov-16 13:32:24

You're making it on Wednesday to be eaten on Saturday?

FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Mon 07-Nov-16 13:34:51

Thanks, Creampie. There's a back up option if ever there was one!

Hi, Dafspunk. Do you think that would be an issue with a carrot cake? I wouldn't be putting any topping on until Saturday, obviously.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 07-Nov-16 13:38:10

Carrot cake can sit from Wednesday till Saturday

-not in my house because it will get eaten-/

ExcuseMyEyebrows Mon 07-Nov-16 13:42:54

Another fan of Betty Crocker's carrot cake mix here. It makes a big cake and is lovely and moist. I use the BC ready made cream frosting too.

Good luck and don't forget pictures!

kiwiscantfly Mon 07-Nov-16 13:49:53

You can make it Weds, taste a bit to make sure it's nice and then wrap it in cling film and freeze till Saturday. Cakes taste fine after freezing and they ice easier frozen too. I wouldn't leave a carrot cake in a tin for that long. Make sure you have a great cream cheese icing recipe too, no carrot cake is complete without it!

FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Mon 07-Nov-16 14:28:48

Thanks, Kiwiscantfly and ExcuseMyEyebrows.

Yes, ChardonnayKS, always a risk here too!!!

MaybeDoctor Mon 07-Nov-16 19:06:18

Make a trial cake?

zzzzz Mon 07-Nov-16 19:13:09

Mak it the day before and ice it when it has cooled. The icing keeps the cake fresh. Why don't you just make a refrigerator cake? (Layers of biscuits and creamy filling, google) no baking and cool proof.

HoneyDragon Mon 07-Nov-16 19:14:48


drspouse Mon 21-Nov-16 21:58:37

If you buy Betty Crocker icing, beat it for 5 mins and it will go further and taste nicer.

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