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Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Friday, 12 March 2010

This is the little cake I made for a friend's daughter's birthday last night. She is completely into princesses and fairies so I hope that she will like it. The cake itself is a toffee sour cream cake with white and milk chocolate chips and vanilla butter cream. I had to work late yesterday and then to the supermarket so didn't take the cakes out of the oven until 10pm! There was then a very rapid cooling on our doorstep (thank goodness for sub zero temperatures), a quick splash or two of icing and the cake was finished by 11.30pm. The star wands are made with white chocolate mikado sticks with jelly stars on top. Carefully poke a sharp knife into each jelly star and twist it 360C so that you make a pocket inside the star. Gently press a mikado stick into the hole (this took a bit of practice and I have to admit I broke a few sticks to start with!). You could do this with other jelly sweets and use as a simple decoration around the outside of a plain cake - jelly spiders on dark chocolate mikado sticks for a Halloween cake perhaps - the possibilities are endless!!!!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ohh!! This is going to be her best birthdaycake ever for sure. There will be one very,very happy princess.

Helgje

Brownieville Girl said...

That looks really impressive Hannah, and the fact that you could accomplish that wonderful creation in so little time....fantastic!

Lucky little girl:-}

Alex said...

One word - WOW!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cake for a very lucky girl. How do you find the time to do so much?? I am in awe of all that you do. I hope you are putting your feet up at the weekend to recharge the batteries.
Aoife x

Bellini Valli said...

I am sure the little princess will be over the moon.

Lucie said...

Simply....amazing! Well done Hannah - this cake is what every girl would dream of! Lucie x

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hannah
What a beautiful Cake!!! I am sure it will be enjoyed by the princess and her family.

Best
Tracy :)

Cookiecrumbles said...

This cake looks absolutely divine.
Well done Hannah

Sadie said...

over the top and utterly fabulous. Every little girls dream cake :O)

Sadie x

Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen /Vintage Soap Shoppe said...

What a sweet cake for a little girl! Great Job on the decorating!

Ali said...

What a wonderful cake - it looks spectacular!

Your book Sundaes and Splits has just arrived - it too looks wonderful and I am kicking myself for forgetting to get the ice cream maker in the freezer ready!

snowy said...
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snowy said...

I don't quite know what happened to my previous comment! It's a lovely cake for a princess, Hannah.
She'll adore it.

Tracey said...

Wow, Hannah that´s a great princess cake-your talent never ceases to amaze me! I wish I could make such amazing cakes!

The Curious Cat said...

How could she not like it? That kind of cake will stay in her memory forever... xxx