I am only reluctant because I do not want you to think this is a blog just about cakes, instead it is about a different creative challenge each week.
However I had no say in when Ruth was born, and so here is my offering for this week. All that said I had lots of fun learning to make this cake and I am quite pleased with the final piece.
Here is how I made it...
Ruth is rather keen on white chocolate and so I surfed the net and found an achievable recipe from Nigella Lawson called White Chocolate Mud Cake and set to make four round sponges. Whilst nigella's recipe is divine, this could just have easily been made with regular sponge cakes and butter icing.
I am sure this cake would not be as dramatic if the cake was not so tall, so four layers works well.
You can see my white plate on this photo. It is actually an icing turn-table which I purchased at The Works for a few pounds. It not only lends itself to easy icing, but also doubles up as a good presentation plate.
Then I rolled out each shade and cut into two long strips. Then using my thumb and finger pinched down one of the sides making the ruffled effect you can see in the second photo.
I like the fact that you don't have to be too precise in order to get quite a dramatic effect.
Definitely one to try at home and let me know how you get on...
Happy Birthday lovely Ruth!