The Truth

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

It may look absolutely delicious, but the truth is that after about four mouthfuls even a thin sliver of a cake like this will make you feel sick.


It's the icing. He wanted layers you see, and to be sure of having enough I used nearly a pound and a half of icing sugar and 12 oz of butter. The mints on the top don't help.
No one could eat very much of it.
In future I am going to resist demands for heavily iced cakes and stick to simple cakes like this one.

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  1. I have to admit that I did have a bit of a tummy quiver when I read that it was mint icing. Each to their own though.

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    1. I love mint chocs but this was too much for me.

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  2. The ideal dieters cake then! Still it did look amazing...

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  3. I thought it looked sickly, but still delicious in a small dose!

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  4. I'm sure I could struggle through ... not often defeated by cake!

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  5. Cut into small squares and freeze maybe.

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    1. That is exactly what I have done!

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  6. I can't cope with a lot of icing either, but many layers does make for a good spectacle, which is half the point of bday cakes, no?

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  7. Sue, I made this mistake by making a triple layer carrot cake, which I blogged the other day. It was SO sickly, I didn't like it, It looked great on the programme, but was far to sweet, god knows why the recipe had so much sugar in it, just spoiled it, far to much frosting, my son keeps attacking it in small doses so it won't go to waste!

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  8. The cake looks very nice, but I too am not sure I could eat it, but I do like the one you are going to stick to in the future!
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  9. Does look gorgeous but don't think I could eat it as I'm not a lover of icing.

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  10. The cake looks amazing!!! I agree iced cakes can be so sweet.
    What I've seen alot online is about cream cheese icing, I haven't tried it yet but it must be less sweet.

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  11. It looks a lovely cake what a shame after all your effort you had to trow it away!
    Sarah

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    1. Don't think I said I'd thrown it away. I've cut it into tiny pieces and put it in the freezer.

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  12. My Dad always says you have not had a proper Birthday unless you feel sick! Sounds like Tom had a great one :)

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  13. Doesn't look too sickly - looks perfect. Send some this way and I'll give it a whirl. Y-um.

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  14. it looks amazing. i would eat with lots of milk to wash it down.

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  15. I'd give it a go, though.

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  16. I might have been persuaded to try a little, just to check!
    Carol xx

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  17. When icing a layer cake, I use whipped cream for the in-between layers and icing on the tope and sides. You can tint the whipped cream the same colour as the icing (works well if you use the solid, not the liquid tint). This is the best way I have found to enjoy the cake without feeling ill afterwards :)

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    1. Yes, unsweetened whipped cream (with a little vanilla) between the layers will cut the sweetness a bit - although not the richness. And, never more than 3 layers, unless it's a rainbow cake!

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    2. Cream sounds good, but as you say Deb still rich. I think less all round really -less cake, less icing, less cream. I don't know how I'm going to persuade Katie to have a less-is-more cake next month after last year's rainbow job.

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  18. If you pick up a third round cake pan, you can bake three layers at a time, thereby obviating the need to saw up the two layers, and meaning that there's less filling in between. You can also use a custard/pudding filling, keeping the milk content high, that's nice for my kids who don't drink a lot of milk. You could try a Boston Cream Pie type of cake, with custard in between, and chocolate ganache only on the top of the top layer.

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    1. Deb, I'm trying to eat less cake not more! Thank you though, you sound like you know what you're talking about.

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  19. I have been making cakes for more than 50 years and I am not yet 60 years old! When I said three layers, I meant split batter for two between the three pans, so that the amount of cake is not increased.

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  20. I'm with Coffee Lady. I just raided the kitchen. I would have snaffled some.

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  21. I'm sure Tom thought it was delicious, but on the other hand you want to be able to eat and enjoy a cake you've made don't you! It looks like a beautiful cake, the sort of thing you'd see on the great british bake-uoff. Vanessa xxx

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  22. My son would absolutely love that cake - he can eat massive amounts of icing and he loves mint! Best wishes, Pj x

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  23. Pati from London2:13 pm GMT

    Could you dismantle it, get rid of the icing (except for the one on the top) and eat the rest.....? I am not good at making cakes (only cupcakes) so not sure whether I am talking nonsense here..... :-) x Pati

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    1. It just needs to be eaten in very small pieces I think. It is in the freezer and will keep us in weekend desserts for several weeks.

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  24. I think...just looking at that yummy thing makes my blood sugar spike! lol! Yes, I think I'd freeze it in little tiny serving sizes, too, and enjoy it with a tiny scoop of iced cream once in a while. : )

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