A few weeks back I decided to enter a competition on the Lorraine show, for the Cake Club segment. The idea was to submit a recipe for a cake made in your family for generations, something with a bit of a tale to it, that kind of thing.
So I dusted off my recipe folder and decided to concoct a new cake using an older recipe - which was courtesy of my late Great Aunty Mary who married an American Serviceman. She lived in the US for years, but was based over here for a while at the Edzell Airbase. Anyhoo, she used to make us fab birthday cakes and I decided to adapt one of these.
The recipe was for a basic 'yellow' cake, which I added some almond extract to and dark chocolate chips. But my secret weapon was going to be the fluffy marshmallow frosting - with the taste of watermelon. I found a website recently (http://www.thecakedecoratingcompany.co.uk) which supplies concentrated flavourings for baking and confectionery and I had recently purchased watermelon extract. So I decided to not flavour the whole cake (too intense) but only the outer frosting - dyed vivacious green. To the cake batter itself, I added pink colouring and dark chocolate chips (to look like the seeds).
The cake turned out a gaudy, marshmallowy homage to the watermelon and the verdict by all my eaters was a big thumbs up.
But alas, my entry to the Cake Club was not successful. I console myself with the thought that it may have looked like nepotism a wee bit as Lorraine lives quite nearby. Hey, I am allowed to delude myself!
Cakeyboi had his own homage to watermelons...