|Liam, jumping for joy at his mum and dad's wedding|
Circumstances were against me.....my ancient but much loved Kenwood mixer finally died a few days ago. I had already made the large bottom tier fruit cake, but still had various chocolate sponges to make. Amazon came to the rescue, and my new Kenwood mixer, looking remarkably like my old Kenwood mixer, arrived within 20 hours of the latter’s demise.
|2 Kenwood mixers, the old and the new.|
The trusty K beater has changed shape, and the pyrex bowl has been replaced by a stainless steel one, some very solid metal bits have been replaced by plastic....but otherwise.....not much has changed in 50 years.I have chosen to retain the pyrex bowl.... I discovered that the stainless steel one was so cold, that even with room temperature eggs, things curdled too easily. The stainless steel bowl will be kept for pastry.
The various cake components....rich chocolate, less rich chocolate, plain sponge and very rich fruit cakes.......all to be iced and assembled.
As no one in the family likes marzipan ( except me) and Mark actually has a nut allergy, I smeared a thin layer of buttercream icing under layers of royal icing ( made with egg white substitute).
A friend’s daughter made the gorgeous roses......thanks Katy.
One of Jodie's friends made some beautiful peg people, to represent Jodie and her family.
|Peg people...from left to right, Liam, Kieron, Jodie and baby Izzie|
And finally, it was ready to transport.