Happy New Year to all!
My first post for this year is a "catch up" post, showing Abi's birthday cake from last December. Abi is a work colleague and friend, who requested "pink" and "chocolate" when I asked what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday.
To cover off the chocolate angle, I made the base cake for Ispahan cupcakes by Lorraine E of Not Quite Nigella:
It is a white chocolate cake with a crispy, macaron-like top, and it is absolutely delicious. However, be warned that, as a single cake, the recipe only makes a small cake. This means that you may need to multiply the recipe, depending on the size and appetites of your audience.
The icing is a thick white chocolate ganache (you can use your favourite recipe) coloured pink, then decorated with commercial red writing gel, flowers cut out from "ready to roll" fondant, baby pink edible glitter (which doesn't show up well in the photo, unfortunately) and silver cachous.
Abi was stoked with her pink girly cake - which is all that matters. Hope you had an amazing 25th birthday Abi!