I do love colourful rainbow things like this picture here. I made these pretty creations myself . I've been busy these last few weeks making hydrangea flowers in various colours its quite easy to do when sitting down and I have had a bit of a fascination with them of late, they look so pretty on top of cakes, and making them has kept me busy and occupied. They are made from sugar paste, so are edible.
What better way to use some of them than for a friends birthday cake...it was my 'oldest' friends (not by age but by length of friendship) birthday...we've been friends for a long long time...she's a lovely person...we always mange to laugh together, despite whats going on...and if I don't see her for ages we just pick up from where we left off. She loves cake and I made her what I think is a lovely cake...the first one of these giant cupcakes I have ever made.
I like the look of these and they are really popular, but I can't help but think there is too much sponge inside...or maybe its just me, I think my preference is for the middle filling in any cake as much as the sponge itself...
The recipe for this madeira cake can be found here... I substituted the lemon for vanilla in the cake itself, and put buttercream and blackcurrant conserve in the top third of the cake. Madeira cake recipes are often used when carving (shaping) cakes is required as the texture of the cake is more dense.
By the way readers and followers, (and in case you don't know) the eggs for this and all my cakes came from our very own hens, and we have 4 new additions now added to the 2 remaining girls from the first batch we adopted a year ago now (we lost 3 girls all in different ways over the last year or so). The 4 new girls have been here for about 6 or 7 weeks and are settling into free range life really well, surprisingly there has been no blood shed at all, while the new pecking order is sorted out. Our hens are all Warrens and were adopted from the BHWT, did you know that hen keeping is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country?
Maybe you can't adopt hens like we do but you can support the welfare of these animals by buying free range eggs and supporting food suppliers that use only free range eggs in their products.
Some of the new girls early escapades!
If you want to read more about ex battery hens, and their life of freedom after being re-homed, then this is a lovely blog from Jo who writes about them so well and is a great advocate for these wonderful animals (who deserve so much more from a life of daily giving us the best eggs ever!).