I learnt a valuable lesson last week, suitable in both life and in baking. I’ve always been aware of it, but pressure has never been my strong point. My perfectionist nature means I like to bake with precision, however, when you’re given 30 minutes to decorate a cake in competition with 12 other bakers, both time and perfectionism take a huge backseat. Just sometimes, these moments are worthwhile, as its when I’m reminded that baking isn’t just about creating the perfect cake; it’s about how much fun you have doing it.
This epiphany came to me last week when I had the pleasure of joining the team at Tesco Finest team in London for a Cake Decorating Masterclass, hosted by award-winning master patisser Eric Lanlard.
Eric’s outstanding baked creations and impressive list of clientele, including The Queen Mother, have earned him an international reputation. A reputation such as this is not one to be ignored and with his history baking for royalty and The Queen celebrating her 90th birthday this year, it’s no wonder Tesco Finest asked him to create them a “cake fit for a queen”.
Keeping back from the traditional union jack designs, Eric wanted to create a masterpiece worthy of the royal seal of approval and inspired by the Great British summer parties for which Her Majesty is renowned.
The result? Two layers of enticing pink velvet sponge, sandwiching a rich decadent chocolate layer all glued together with sweet raspberry conserve. The sponge is then wrapped generously in white chocolate buttercream, made using Tesco finest Madagascan white chocolate, and is crowned with a pink white chocolate drip and wait for it….Prosecco buttercream roses sprinkled with a fine dust of edible glitter.
Now if any of this sounds too sweet for you, think again. The sponge cake is flavoured so perfectly that is cuts through the sweetness of the white chocolate, better still this allows you to taste the gorgeous procecco flavour of the buttercream swirls.
Following a short introduction to himself, his history and of course his creation, Eric took us through some of the basic steps of cake decoration as we all watched in awe. Of course the undecorated layers on sponge laid out in front of us were not there for props, as it was revealed to us that we would be competing with each other to create our very own masterpiece fit for a queen.
From the word ‘GO’ the gloves were off and all 12 of us were frantically dashing around our benches, covered in glitter, food colouring and buttercream. Sadly my masterpiece was not a winner but I’ve never laughed so much in a kitchen and it was so great to see how creative everybody became. I also finally learnt that there really is no such thing as too much buttercream.
The limited edition Tesco Finest Cake Fit For a Queen hits 532 Tesco stores nationwide this Friday 3rd – 16th June and at just £10, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the birthday of our longest reigning monarch in true British style.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the Tesco Finest Launch event but was not asked to write this post. This is not a sponsored post and I was not paid in any way. All impressions and opinions are my own.