Fondant Cake - Vanilla Cake with Toffee Buttercream and Roasted Hazelnuts
It was my mum-in-law's 60th birthday recently, and obviously, I wanted to make her a special birthday cake. It didn't take me a long time to think of a fitting cake design; she absolutely loves reading so my design naturally led towards a book themed cake.
I did have a little trouble while I was making this cake. The fondant book cover part of the cake kept on sagging down. Good thing my idea of putting a piece of paper while the fondant hardened kept the book covers sturdy. The bookworm on an apple came as an afterthought. What happened was, I had a little cake batter left in my bowl, so I decided to bake them into cupcakes. I really didn't plan to use the cupcakes, but for some odd reason a light bulb just lit with the idea of turning them into an apple; the nerdy worm was just crying to be created once I had my apple covered in luscious red.
The whole family, especially my mum-in-law really loved the whole cake design. I was so pleased and proud of it as well, if I may say so myself. I actually have two favorite parts from the cake - the page details on the books and the apple with the nerdy worm. As for the actual cake, I made three tiers of vanilla cake that was sandwiched with toffee buttercream and roasted hazelnuts. I don't really impose myself onto people to give me feedbacks on what I bake, so just by the look of things, I would say I think most of the family liked the cake.