I love mornings in this house. They’re so peaceful, there’s no sense of urgency. I can just lie in my warm bed (maybe scuttle out to the kitchen to make a quick cup of tea) and read my book. Nothing compels me to get up. I don’t have to worry about cleaning, laundry or all those other essential weekend task. No rogue dust bunnies intrude on my sanctuary. I swear, in Copenhagen I blink after cleaning and there’s dust everywhere again. Here in the country dust knows its place – away from me!
Today’s cake project has been a long time coming. It’s a joint effort between my son and I, which for once does not mean that I do the work and he eats the results. Once I told him I was getting this particular cake mould, he decided what we going to do with it: Thomas Jefferson.
In his Daveed Diggs incarnation.
Basically, we wanted to create this:
After Hamilton, we can’t picture Thomas Jefferson as anything other than a really camp African American guy. We love him! But we needed to decorate our LEGO man. (I used to work at LEGO so I have to write it in All CAPS forever.)
I’ve never worked with colour marzipan or sugar paste/fondant before today. It was a little like all those hours we used to spend making animals out of Play Doh when my son was little – fantastic fun and not at all scary.
Together I think we managed to create something pretty great, i.e. not the Nailed It! failure we were expecting. We certainly had fun doing it. For a first attempt ever, it didn’t look too bad.
There’s only problem. But it’s a fairly enormous one.
We can’t bear to eat him. This really was the scene in our kitchen:
You cut the first piece.
No, I can’t.
Okay, I’ll do it … I can’t either! He’s too cute.
This went on for a while.
Based on a little piece that fell off, I think it’s a delicious chocolate cake. But I guess we’ll never really know 😀
If you want to find out, you will need:
200g soft butter
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate
Cream the butter and sugar. Mix the flour, cocoa and baking powder and add it to the butter mixture. Melt the chocolate over a bain marie and it to the mixture. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Bake at 175C for around 35 – 40 minutes (this was not in Wonder Oven).