I am totally frigging up the cake mum is making me make and DH says (like I wanted to do in the first place) to order one, but I need it for the 26th... is this normally too short notice? I know it probably varies but I can't ring any bakers until tomorrow and I won't be able to sleep ( silly I know)
10 days isn't too bad, I don't think. It's tight but not overly so. Realistically you need 24 hours afetr baking to allow the cake to set, then maybe a couple of days to ice, depending on what it is. It will just depend on how busy they are.
Have you got someone in mind? If you were in Cheshire I'd offer to do you one but Berkshire's a bit far to deliver .
I know - and it is going to be carved (not too much though) - I would normally have made it yesterday but I was away. I will have to make it in the morning (when I am supposed to be working), put it in the freezer as soon as it is cool, carve decorate tomorrow evening once DC are in bed
Cake baked this morning and in freezer (it would have been better if I had buttercreamed the house bricks together before I froze them, but never mind)
Plan is - buttercream them. Go to pub. Come back from pub and put children to bed. Carve stack of house bricks into the shape of a cosy coupe and decorate. Sleep.
(wake up in morning, take one look and go "OMG what have I done?". Engineer it such that any damage appears to be DH's fault as he will be delivering cake to party and I will be on a 'plane at the time)
Does that sound like a plan?
Sponge is probably going to be easier to order at short notice
LoW, I've just had a thought. Marks and Spencer do fruit cakes that are marzipanned and iced with white icing and piped around the edges. They're for wedding cakes and they come in lots of sizes up to about a 12 or 14 inch.
Even if you don't want the white icing, you could cut it off and re-ice in the right colour.
Oh yes, Reading - excellent! Resorted to about plan E (by now!) and giving a 'sponge' (have actuallt found out it is a madeira - thank god before I tried to ice a farking sponge!) a go. Failing that we are going to COstco on Friday so shall order one if it comes to it. Thanks! (LoW by the way - adjustd my name!)