Friday, 6 April 2012

Going, Going, Gone! A Post of Epic Cakeyness

I'm feeling a little bit caked out. Or more specifically icing-ed out. Not eating it, just making it.

You see last Sunday my sister and I - the lovely Auntie L - baked like crazy and hosted a fundraising Cake Auction in aid of Borders Exploration Group - a youth charity we have both been involved with for far too many years to count.

And to top it all off, my soon-to-be-sister-in-law, the very talented Patricia Rueda took some fantastic pictures. I'm feeling very lucky to have an actual photographer in the family, and I'm sure regular blog readers will enjoy seeing some photos NOT taken a) with my phone, b) displaying our yucky living room carpet c) shot with no natural daylight and horrible flash on auto d) snapped super quickly at the last minute before we eat! If you'd like to see some more lovely pictures, then spend a  minute or two browsing her site :o).

So the cakes - between us, we made 15 auction lots of cake. All of which I'm glad to report attracted healthy bids, and in fact the event was a big success from the financial point of view - phew! I was worried for a while that I'd have been better off just donating the cost of the ingredients, and forgoing the baking, but they definitely surpassed the sum of their component parts.

I've already had recipe requests for a couple of them, which will appear hear in due course... but there's no way I could include them all in this post - it's going to be epic enough just with the pictures ;o)

Village fete meets disco - bunting and a glitter ball!
Chocolate and Cherry Cake
Sticky Toffee Insect Cupcakes
Mini Tiered Carrot and Pecan Cakes
Abstract Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Fruitcake Truffles
Coffee Cake with Irish Cream Icing 
Mini Fruity Cupcakes
Lemon and Almond Cake with White Chocolate Icing
Pistachio and Rosewater Meringues
Oreo cupcakes with hidden Oreos 
Passionfruit and Raspberry Fondant Fancies
Three Layer Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake 
Strawberry and Vanilla Sponge
Mini-M showing off her eyelashes!!!

So if you're planning a fundraiser, and want to beat your way through 30 eggs, about 3kg of icing sugar, 2kg of butter, and the rest, then go for it! We did it - and without a stand mixer between us. Go elbow grease!!!!!!!

It turns out that this month's Random Recipes Challenge, hosted and curated by Dom at Belleau Kitchen is also cake themed. Currently I'm thinking I might leave it until a little later in the month before I break out the mixing bowl again - but I'll most definitely be participating.

4 comments:

  1. Amazing pictures!! The Lemon and Almond Cake with White Chocolate Icing looks DELICIOUS!! Well, everything does!!

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  2. Great looking cakes, I'm really impressed you baked so many. They are all so different. Gg

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  3. ruth these look amazing! and i bet they tasted incredible! especially those fondant fancies...wow! Congrats!

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  4. Ouch. My teeth hurt from the sugar. Glorious photos though and I'll give you till the end if the month to bake!!

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