So, I may not have any haikus left in me (I seriously haven’t – I tried) but that doesn’t mean I just stopped being obsessed with Twin Peaks. My latest thing was a cake which I put together for my good friend Frank’s 50th birthday. I was really proud of it so I thought I’d share a few pictures and go through how I made it.
For the actual cake, I doubled up this recipe which I’ve used before for Mississippi Mud cake. Doubling up allowed me to use my 30cm cake tin which I haven’t used since my wedding.
Once I mixed up all the ingredients, it struck me just how horrifically unhealthy this cake is. It’s basically just butter, sugar and chocolate. Over a kilo and a half of just that!
Like every recipe I use, it always seems that the cooking time is vastly exaggerated. It said an hour and a half for the original quantity; the doubled version still took less than that. I didn’t bother with the coffee liqueur (don’t like coffee flavouring and not spending a tenner on a bottle of it just to use a tablespoon full). If I’d been able to find some quality orange chocolate, I might have added some rum and gone that way but all’s well that ends well.
It really was a monstrously large cake.
I left it to cool overnight and then started the decoration. I had a ready-rolled white circle of fondant icing so I began with that.
Then started adding black fondant icing rolled and cut into chevrons. I used a spatula to cut the chevron shapes. using the end meant that I got roughly the same length each time.
The black icing came as a block so I had to roll that out first. A plastic freezer bag is good for that but I didn’t have any so I had to settle for greaseproof paper.
Once the chevrons were finished, I rolled out the red fondant icing to make the drapes around the outside. Brushing a little war water on the cake makes the icing stick to it quite effectively.
The next step was making the Black Lodge furniture. I used more fondant icing to make the chairs. This was done by pressing some into a Tupperware container. That made the base, then I just repeated it and cut out a section to make the armrests and back of the chairs. I was really hurrying now as I wanted to get a train, so my Venus de Milo was perhaps a little lacking in precision (that’s the kindest way I an describe it). The birthday candle, I encased in more black fondant icing to make it a big lamp.
The final touch was to make the dwarf! I used the rest of the red and black icing, along with a tiny piece of white to make the Man From Another Place. I forgot that he actually wore a red shirt in Twin Peaks. As a result, my little man looked more like Santa Claus. I stuck Frank’s head on him and my work was complete!
The cake went down really well and I was so relieved. I have to say that it improves with age too. I brought some home and stuck it in the fridge, Now that it’s chilled and hardened a little, it’s like one big chocolate brownie. Gorgeous!
It was lovely to meet up with friends from the Twin Peaks fan community, who I only usually see at the UK Festival in the autumn.
Well, thanks for reading. If you want the whole recipe, leave a message (I’m aware that the method is cut off in the picture at the top).
There’ll be more poetry at some point, and a book. In the meantime, it’s nice sometimes to wander down different avenues.
And if you haven’t checked out my Twin Peaks poetry, you can find it all through this link.
except for my Norma poem, which is here…