I made a special birthday cake for Captain Tom. Now he is Colonel Tom, thanks to the Queen for conferring the honourary title. The nation wishes him a very special 100th Birthday, and may he live a long, healthy and happy life.
I have been toying about making this agar cake for quite a few days now. Since it is around my birthday, I thought I shall bake a cake to celebrate Captain Tom’s effort and birthday and also to celebrate mine. I cannot buy a cake from the shop or supermarket since we are having this covid lock-down.
This is the first time I am making it, so am hoping that it will turn out OK. I do not have a proper mould for the unicorn head, I just use an empty biscuit tin! I have bought most of the flower moulds when there was an online sale a few months ago. So now is the time to test them.
The long journey
I start at 13.48 and finish at 22.36! Take away a few hours for lunch and break and I think I spend at least a good 8-9 hours on the project. That is excluding washing up. It is worth it even though I mess up the agar solution. The solution burnt, hence the colour is a bit brown. I thought I just do not want to throw away the good stuff! So salvaging… here I go!
I make the base solution first, but it got burnt at the bottom, so I do not have any embarrassing photos to show!
Then, I make the solution for the flowers. It is a lot of work and this time I make the fire real low while simmering. I am not sure what causes the burning. I believe its my pot. Mine is the Amway set of pots which I brought from Malaysia and I have been using it for decades. Hmm, I need to experiment further.
After much consideration, I decide not to throw away the base solution and manage to salvage it with a little imagination.
Finally, after many hours, the cake and the flowers are ready to assemble.
So why do I make a unicorn cake?
A unicorn is defined as ‘something that is highly desirable but difficult to find or obtain’. Raising £30 million for NHS Charity is difficult to find or obtain. This is befitting of the man.
This cake is healthy and low in calorie ( lower compared to a baked cake with icing), with no-fat. It only contains agar power and sugar. I have made the cake less sweet, compared to the normal ones.
Here is wishing Colonel Tom and myself a very happy birthday! It has been a long day, and I need a rest!
I hope you enjoy the post and the photos. I am not sharing the recipe or instructions as it is still in an experimental stage.
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Until the next post, see you soon.