Friday, 6 December 2013

Is it blue.... or is it green....

Do you remember that I made this cake recently?  I said in my blog that I was going to freeze it to take to Basildon Park for the volunteers in December.


Well, wouldn't you know it, the darned cake was too wide for my very narrow freezer - tall, but narrow!  So, it was eaten, all gone, gobbled up.  So I needed to make another one!

Then, I saw these amazing cupcakes that my wonderful and very creative friend Janet made.  Go and have a look, you will be amazed!  As you will see if you have a peek at Janet's cakes, they contain a blue snowflake of cake.  How clever is she.

So, I got to thinking, I need to make another cake for the volunteers, and I could put a ring of blue stars all the way around inside the wreath cake.  Janet assured me that it would work, so I set to.

I baked these three blue cakes first.


Then I tried to cut out the stars.  Big mistake, crumbs flying all over the place.  I had baked the cakes to "done", but they still needed to be a bit "rare".  No stars.  I decided to cut the blue cake into cubes (ice cubes!) and put those into the wreath cake.


(I know it looks a bit green here, but it looked a lot bluer in person!)

So, I made the plain vanilla cake mix, poured it into the tin added the blue cubes - which would not sink no matter how much I poked them.  I tried my finger (clean of course!), a spoon, a skewer, nope, they floated to the top.  Oh well!  I guess that ice bergs float.

I baked the cake, and it wasn't quite as nice as the first one I made, but not too shabby, especially considering some of the thoughts that had been going through my head about this cake.


I took it into Basildon Park after adding a liberal dose of icing sugar sifted over the top.  Voila, one "Ice Chunk Vanilla Wreath Cake"!!


At the appropriate time, I cut the cake!  It went down well, although required lots of explanation as to how the blue had gotten into the cake.  I was quite pleased.

 

Until people started telling me how amazed they were with the green bits in the cake.  Green.  Green.  I put loads of blue food colouring into that cake.  It was blue I say.  Blue, not green!  Perhaps all the food colouring made their eyes go funny.  I see blue, not green.

What do you think!  Please say blue......

Amy

p.s. next week is chocolate yule log cake - which will have no chunks or squares or anything in it, other than chocolate cake, possibly with a few choc chips thrown in for good measure.

44 comments:

  1. Before I go and relax....I will say....errrr...uhhhh...BLUE....yes...definitely BLUE!!
    Good job Amy...I am sure everyone enjo ed the....uhhhh...errrr...BLUE Icecube Cake!!!
    hahaha!
    Enjoy your weekend....I plan to♥
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Now are you sure Linda - BLUE or errrrrrrr!!!!!!!!! Glad you are planning to enjoy your weekend, me too! xx

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  2. I see blue Amy. Maybe they are all colour blind! Good job on the cake!

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  3. Im not sure dear but I think look like Green!
    I love the mold!(I remember times ago happens me with a frost for cookies!
    xo

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    1. Must be your computer screen Gloria!! (just kidding!) xx

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  4. What a brilliant idea. How lovely to cut into your cake a there be a colourful surprise.
    And I see Blue, definitely Blue........... with maybe a little Green on the edge
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Sally xxx

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    1. I can kind of see what you mean about the greenish edge, but so glad that you see mainly blue Sally! Hope that you have a great weekend. xx

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  5. I see Blue!!!! Looks really good!

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  6. No question ... Blue! ... but shouldn't it be green since it's a wreath?! Can't wait to see the Yule Log cake! I love making Yule Logs and make them for our family Christmas dinner. Glad your wreath cake was a success btw :) Wendy x

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    1. Well Wendy, yes, it probably should have been green, but I was going to do snowflakes to begin with, which needed to be blue, but the cutter was too big. So, I switched to stars, then of course disaster struck, so it was blue chunks! Glad that you see blue though!! xx

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  7. You cracked me up with this post! I made a batch of peppermint bark for the neighbors and got it out to some but we ended up eating the remaining bits before delivering it to the rest of the neighbors! Oh well....I have to give it another go too! And I say blue friend! Your second is just as beautiful as the first! I am just crazy about how it looks covered in sugar! A yummy treat indeed! And the colored bits inside is such a fun surprise!!! I hope you have a great weekend Amy!!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Oh that is so funny Nicole!! Well at least you know that what you gave away tasted good!! Next week I am going for something easier! Happy peppermint bark making. xx

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  8. I see blue but I am GREEN with envy over your wreath cake pan!!

    I apologize for not telling you; however, to make the snowflakes appear to float inside the cupcakes I created, I first put a bit of batter into the liner, then set the snowflake on end and spooned additional batter around and over the top. I can imagine, with how thick cake batter is, that it would be quite difficult to get shapes to settle properly. Again, I apologize but I still think your cake is FANTASTIC!!

    xo

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    1. Glad that you see blue Janet! I realised my mistake with the batter, but I was beyond it by then. I don't have your late night baking skills, I am a daytime girl!! The cake tin is (of course) Nordic Ware but from about 8 years ago. xx

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  9. 'I see cakes of blue, white icing too, lots of yummy cake, just for me and you, and I say to myself what a wonderful cake' sorry! the song just came into my head lol. Looking forward to seeing your chocolate log, enjoy your weekend

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    1. Oh I love it Chrissie! So funny and so lovely of you. Hope that you have a great weekend. xx

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  10. I thought it was green, then I thought a bit more.It's the very blue plate that makes the cake look green!
    Jane x

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    1. Ah! yes, the blue plate. I see what you mean. I might have to cover the blue in some foil or something before next week so that it doesn't make the chocolate cake look a funny colour. Thanks for the thought Jane. xx

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  11. It looks beautiful ..... green or blue? ..... I say turquoise!
    I have a tall skinny freezer too, can be very annoying at times.
    love jooles xxx

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    1. Sorry that you have the same freezer trouble! I can do tall things, just not wide things, but I can't say as I want to freeze tall things! xx

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  12. When my husband makes the most delicious home made late it makes the onions turn green. Weird! But like your cake absolutely delicious I am sure.

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    1. The cake was reported as tasting very nice - just that there were green bits, not blue! xx

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  13. Blue! What an amazing cake I wouldn't have a clue how make something as lovely as that well done you! X

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    1. Thank you, you are so kind. I am sure that you could make it, the tin does most of the work! xx

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  14. It looks blue to me in your photos Amy! The main thing is that they all enjoyed it X

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    1. Glad to have another vote for blue, but as you say Anne, the main thing is the enjoyment, and it apparently was! xx

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  15. I don't think it matters what colour it is, the magical thing is that there's a different colour inside the cake. Well done, it looks brilliant. Can't wait to see the yule log, I always buy mine.

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    1. I hope that the yule log will live up to expectations Jo, it might not be quite what you are expecting! xx

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  16. That's a funny story! I think your final cake looks so beautiful with the icing sugar dusted on top! And the blue/green a great surprise!
    I also have trouble with colours not coming out properly and blame the yellow of the butter ...

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    1. I'll take any reason for it not appearing to be blue Fiona! xx

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  17. Hi Amy. Looks blue to me! Thanks so much for stopping by Simplify, and leaving such nice comments! I am new to your blog. Are you in England?
    xo Kris

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    1. Thank you for stopping by here Kris, hope to see you again. Your blog is lovely and I am enjoying reading along. Yes, I am in England! xx

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  18. Well done Amy it looks amazing!!! You did a fabulous job. Looking forward to seeing what you're going to do with the Chocolate log. xoxo

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    1. The chocolate log will be quite simple Hannapat, a case of the tin doing all the work! xx

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  19. Well I feel hungry whether it's blue or green-it does look green to me on this lap top!

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    1. It looks like pale turquoise on my laptop, greeny blue on hubby's tablet and definately blue on my camera screen!! Sorry to make you hungry Suzie! xx

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  20. I think they look greenish-blue, kind of a robin's egg color? It's a very creative way to make a cake, I've never seen one like it before. I'm glad people liked it.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It seems to look different colours on different screens! xx

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  21. Can I say it looks aqua to me - my favourite colour! It does look lovely and so unusual!
    Sarah x

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    1. You can say aqua Sarah, especially as that is your favourite colour! xx

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  22. What a great idea! It looks blue to me but I once made my daughter a rainbow-tiered cake, with each layer a different level (madness) and remember being disappointed with how the colours turned out - a lot of them were quite muddy. I think the trick is to use colour paste rather than those bottles of liquid colour, which is what I did. Anyway, great cake! x

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    1. I think that the difficulty with making coloured cakes comes with the yellowness of the cake mix, if you can get it as white as possible to start (less eggs and butter!) it helps apparently. Oh well, it doesn't matter, I had some fun and it was all eaten up, so that is the main thing hey! You were very brave to do a rainbow cake, not sure that I would want to try one of those. xx

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