There are important moments in a year; birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, weddings, births. Many of these we celebrate with cake. There is one more special moment in my year - the start of Strictly Come Dancing and why shouldn't that have a cake too?
I took ballroom and latin classes as a child but when I was lucky enough to dance with Brendan Cole last year I discovered I'd forgotten the lot! I went back to classes, but couldn't find a willing male partner, so Purple Mum and I looked like little old ladies at tea dances when all the men have died!!
I borrowed a hemisphere cake tin from my neighbour the Death Star baker and bought up the entire stock of edible glitter in Tesco (you can see a photo album of my shopping trip here). Its the first time I'd used a hemisphere cake tin and my first dilemma was how much cake mix to put in each tin. I know how much will work in my usual tins, but this is such a different shape I wasn't sure. I can now tell you a 3 egg mix is too much (there was a lot of swearing and oven cleaning). It was also really hard to get out of the tin despite it being well greased.
I used a sheet a pre-rolled regal ice which I cut into equal (ish) squares using a pizza wheel and a ruler, before spraying them silver with edible paint and then covering it with as much glitter as would stick, then adding a bit more for good luck! I used a coating of buttercream as glue to stick these in place.
Its not completely how I imagined it. The cake isn't perfectly round, the moment I put one on top of the bottom the bottom one sagged a bit. I wonder if something like Madeira cake would hold its shape better? I also think I needed some coarser glitter, but its still VERY Strictly.
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