There was a birthday here yesterday. Mr 4 is now Mr 5. He wanted a spiderman cake, and I thought, ‘No problem!’
I went shopping for some red colouring. I know that with icing sugar being white, colours tend to the pastel, and I wanted a really bright red, so I bought a product called bright gel food colours. I was set.
So I made a cake. Then I made a second cake because the first time round I had used plain flour instead of self raising. Raising agent is good in a cake. sigh.
Icing it was going to be a doddle. Red icing, with a spiderweb design. Easy peasy. Except that with the entire tube of red colouring I got a lovely baby pink shade. Refusing to make a pink cake for a five year old boy, I added some blue to give it a purplish tinge. Best of a bad job, really.
It was no longer going to be a spiderman cake, but I still made it a spider cake. Putting a black spiderweb pattern on was no problem, and drawing on a bright red spider with the writing icing I had was fine. Luckily Mr 5 was happy. Luckily it tasted good.
I’m not putting up a photo!