I often wonder whether Carrot Cake contributes towards my 5-a-Day. Carrot Cake is one of the popular flavours in the Delights Kitchen.
Recently I was asked by a gentleman to make a cake for his wife’s birthday. She is a Nutritionist. I panicked a bit when I heard that the cake was for a Nutritionist. My cakes are delicious, but not necessarily packed with Mother Nature’s delights.
The brief: The birthday cake had to be a chocolate cake and it had to be shaped like a vegetable of some sort. We talked about doing a tomato cake, but I’ve already made a tomato shaped cake. I always like to do something new and different for each customer. We toyed with a carrot or a chilli pepper, but we both weren’t 100% happy with it, so we just kept thinking.
I got a phone call the next day and Peter (the husband) hit upon a great idea, “let’s do an avocado.” So an avocado it was!
I relish a creative challenge. I made my Rich Chocolate Cake and covered it with chocolate paste. I added some texture to the outer layer and brushed this with a dark green paste to give the effect of the avocado skin. The top of the cake was created using sugarpaste which was painted to give a realistic colour.
They say with creative copywriting that you should pitch your words so a seven year old can understand what you have to say. So with my cakes, I run everything past the scrutiny of my ‘resident seven year old’, Jemimah. If she can’t recognise what I have created in cake…Houston, we have a problem. Jemimah walked into the kitchen and I asked her about the cake, “It looks like an avocado to me,”…Job done!
Peter came to collect the cake the following morning and was pleased with the result. There was a party and some karaoke to be organised for the birthday party.
A few days later I received two emails:
The cake was FAB.
Best wishes.” -Peter Silverman
“Thanks so much for the great cake! We loved it & will definitely recommend you if we get the opportunity 🙂 Hope you like the photo” – Amber
So here’s to another successful cake and here’s to thoughtful husbands who plan and put together gorgeous gifts!