Layers of lemon and rose cake, a subtle rose buttercream & chunks of turkish delight and rose petals to garnish. This is a beautiful celebration cake.
Today’s post is all about cake. I’ve baked a lot of cake in the last month and can confirm that this Turkish Delight Layer Cake was my favourite. It has the flavours of rose and lemon in the layers of cake, a subtle rose icing and is topped with small chunks of Turkish Delight & edible rose petals. It’s enough to satisfy the sweet tooth of a child but not so sweet it would offend more mature taste-buds.
March is my busy month for baking celebration cakes. My girls have their birthdays just 8 days apart and both usually end up having their party on a day that is not their birthday. That’s 2 cakes each: one for their party, one for their actual birthday. That makes me either a total sucker (√) or a big softie who cannot bear the thought of not baking a cake for them on their actual birthdays (√√).
Either way, by the time the candles on that 4th cake have been blown out, you can guarantee that I’m normally looking slightly green at the thought of putting another pile of themed birthday cake (usually covered in garish coloured icing) onto my plate.
To appreciate where I’m coming from, imagine the following cakes – all of which I have baked for my daughters over the last few years:
- a teddy bear (cute, but get in quick to secure a Rolo eye)
- a treasure island (complete with hidden treasure)
- a train (full of sweets)
- a fairy house (slightly wonky roof)
- a roller skate (yes, really)
- numbers 5, 6 and 7 (easy, I’m telling you)
This year both girls decided on a piñata cake for one of their cakes. Yes, those cakes that you top with piles of sweets, then cover with a
perfectly molded chocolate dome for your child to thwack with something heavy. I do sometimes wonder if they just like to challenge me. However, I agreed (sighing inwardly at the task that lay ahead).
Milly got her cake exactly as specified. A week later, feeling confident, I decided to stash the cake and dome for Hannah’s party safely in the lounge, planning to decorate the dome with M&Ms later on. I gave the girls strict instructions not to bounce that jetball they were playing with anywhere near them. I think you can guess the rest… A few minutes later, one very sorry little sister confessed that she’d had a ‘slight accident’ with the chocolate dome and a certain ball…. Laugh? Cry?
This tale does have a happy ending, I promise.
Expecting to find the entire dome shattered, I took a look. By some miracle the ball had gone straight through, leaving a large – as in 5cm diameter – hole. But the dome was still standing. Hoorah. What luck. Erm….
After getting Hannah to see the funny side, which took all of 5 seconds, I set about hiding that hole with the aid of a Tunnocks snowball (nose), two mini Jammie Dodgers (eyes) and some decidedly dubious red gel icing (mouth). Han was more than thrilled – M&Ms and a cheeky face. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Anyway, back to today’s cake. Fortunately for me, Hannah – who the 4th & final cake of my annual cake-athon is destined for – has, for the last 2 years let me surprise her with proper cakes for her actual birthday. Last year I made the most enormous caramel apple layer cake imaginable. It contained not one scrap of icing, just caramel on the scale of a volcanic eruption. It was marvellous.
This year I made something much more personal, based on her middle name, Rose, and the fact that she’s still young, so therefore likes sweets, pink and all things pretty. The Turkish Delight Layer Cake (aka Lemon and Rose Layer Cake).
I was going to give you a recipe for making your own Turkish Delight, but truth be told, it went horribly wrong. Not even a snowball could fix it. I did, however, learn that Turkish Delight is veggie friendly. It’smade using starch and sugar, not gelatin as I had always assumed. However, I do heartily recommend popping down to the supermarket to buy some. Unless, of course, you have Turkish Delight making down to a fine art. 🙂
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