2015: Week 3: Fairy Cakes and Scary Cakes.

So I had an interview this week. I had to create and present a presentation on teaching a skill, so given my baking resolution, I decided that I would do mine on baking fairy cakes 101, so that I could take some cakes with me to demonstrate the finished product. Excellent idea, no?cakes1

After scouring the internet, the recipe I decided on came from a Nigella Lawson recipe for basic cupcakes. The first batch I tried threw me into a blind panic.

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The batter curdled. I have no idea why. I realised it looked a but unusual before i put in in the cupcake cases, but I plodded on, thinking because I hadn’t tried the recipe before, it may be normal. I took them out of the oven and they were golden brown, smelling delicious…. And flat as a pancake.

At this point I start shrieking about how this is the baking version of pathetic fallacy, and what if my presentation falls as flat as these cakes?!

Breathe.

Mix up the batter round two. Follow the instructions to a tee. Combine the ingredients in the order specified on the website. Don’t just slam it all it and hope for the best. Beat well. Don’t be lazy.

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Pour a glass of wine and drink with relief and gusto.

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Make that gin. Pour a glass of gin and drink with relief and gusto.

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The sponges turned out beautifully…. The second time. The icing, not so well. I made buttercream, form memory, which I was told a few days later wasn’t very nice. A few days after the interview in which I had force fed it to the interviewers. I attempted to create something that you would see on tumblr, but I hadn’t researched it and just went with my instinct, and i will not be doing that again in a hurry.

In case you’re wondering – I got the job, kind of. I’m on the waiting list for a space to open up!

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