17 October 2016

My attempt at baking an anti-gravity cake

I'm not a baker. Bakers ain't gon' bake, at least not in my world. But when I heard I could create an anti-gravity cake and make it really cool, I accepted the challenge without thinking too much into it. But then when the day came, I hesitated. What had I signed up for?

I played it safe and bought a ready-mix. It was going to be a lazy-girls guide to baking. But I thought I'd jazz up a plain sponge mix with a hefty amount of lemon (because lemon desserts are my favourite) so I added lemon curd (for the filling) and lemon juice (for the icing. Although why I didn't just buy a lemon is beyond me. I panicked.)

All I had to do was add eggs, water and oil to my mix. Which I did. (Those expecting a deep insight to baking, sorry to disappoint).

And then I mixed. First I reached for this bad boy...

But it didn't work and well as I hoped (pretty, though). So I upped my game, sticking with the pink theme. Because I'm a girl and girls can only bake with equipment in a stereotypically girly colour, amirite?

Content with the consistency, I poured the mixture into a pre-oiled cupcake mold.

FYI Betty Crocker, your mixture measures are waaay stingy - I was only able to fill up the halves halfway. Which, as you will see, made for a rather petite cake...

Once I'd popped the mixture into the oven, that's when the fun began.

Behold! The anti-gravity cake pouring kit, which I received courtesy of Hobbycraft. 9 pieces which will take your cake from yum to er, WOW.

The part of the tube that goes off at an angle is the important part, but more on that in a moment.

This is the state of the lower half of my cake once I'd sliced off the top bumpy bit. You have to make a hole for the tube in the middle of the cake and secure the tube underneath the base, which is quite tricky, and my sponge crumbled a fair bit.

Afterwards, I went to town on buttercream and lemon curd to cover my underwhelming baking skills.

Much better.

I repeated the hole-through-the-sponge step on the upper half of the cake, so it looked something like this...

And attached the wonky part of the tube at the top. It looks a bit odd, kind of like a straw. Other people, ahem, likened it to something else.

ANYWAY. By this point I felt rather hysterical (because lol, the filling was seeping out of the sides, my actual sponge looked burnt, and my icing left a lot to be desired), but I cracked on, eager to finish what I'd started.

And finish I did! Here's the end result, before everything slid off and my kitchen was surrounded by cake carnage:

The angled part of the tube is what you attach the item you want to appear "floats" to. And you ice the rest of the tube, attaching the contents of the floating item to give the illusion of something being poured. Pretty cool. 

Even though it's not as beautiful as I'd envisioned, it doesn't look horrendous (and it tasted good, guys). So it just goes to show that despite my baking noob status, I managed to *just* about pull it off. Which means it's utterly foolproof, and you should totally give it a go. If all else fails, you've made a pretty darn tasty cake - and that's fine with me.

The Anti-Gravity Cake Pouring Kit is available from Hobbycraft.

**I was sent the Anti-Gravity Cake Pouring Kit c/o of Hobbycraft, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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