I can’t believe that next week is the final of the Great British Bake Off, this year has gone in such a hurry.
This week we saw savoury Palmiers for the signature bake, a Savarin for the technical bake and Fondant Fancies for the Showstopper.
Andrew did really well this week saving himself from final elimination as it was Selasi that was shown the door with just one week to go.
I have made Palmiers before and I don’t have a tin to bake a traditional Savarin, although I do have something similar, I guess I didn’t fancy it.
The kids had already decided for me anyway, they wanted to make Fondant Fancies.
Of course, my kids like their cakes pretty plain so when we were coming up for ideas for their cakes they wanted chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and icing. So, forgive me these are not the most exciting or fancifal Fancies.
Also, I really can’t get on with watering down fondant. I still have nightmares from when I had to do it when I made the Mokatines from last years Bake Off. This time I messed up when the icing was just not runny enough to cover the cakes, so I watered it down a little more and then it was too runny.
Maybe if I’d been decorating them myself I would have been more patient, but it was not good when the kids were all keen to do it but have the patience of a flea. It was really mess too. I think there was more Icing on the greaseproof paper than on the cakes themselves. I tried to scoop it up for a second coating but the kids were pretty quick at scooping it up into their mouths.
The cakes were tasty enough, but I wasn’t happy with the decoration.
As you can see from this next photo, I also could have spent a little more time mixing the fondant with the water and there were some lumps present.
Next week, I’m going to attempt a bake without the help of the kids.
Hahahaha – but to be fair, you (and the kids) did as good a job as *ahem* one of the GBBO bakers….. and I bet they're as delicious as hers too 😀
Lol, I love the phrase 'patience of a flea', and how your children made good use of the fondant icing which had dripped onto the gresseproof…it must have tasted good! Sounds like it was a lot of fun, and I bet the fondant fancies didn't hang around long!
I had problems with my fondant icing too! Never again will I attempt fondant fancies, give me a wholesome cake any day. If they taste good that is all that matters x
i have to say that I think you and your children did a great job, because they seem such a faff to make so the fact you all made them is amazing , and i love the bright happy colours of the finished fancies. Thank you for linking up xx
Hi Anne, I have never made fondant fancies, but I was rather partial to Mr. Kiplings ones. The ones your children have made certainly have a homemade look about them and the colours are quite eye catching too. I hope they tasted good.