Let them eat brioche!
The cake was made, and it turned out delicious.
We used some “Best cake” recipes and, while we didn’t get best in the class due to people voting for their friends and not actually how the cake was, the people who did eat our cake were in love with it. So I’m content with that.
The only problem I had with it was…
…we couldn’t remove the divider or the cake would topple over.
But all in all, it turned out great!
In my class we’re reading Great Expectations, and one of our last projects of the year is making a cake. In specific, a Miss Havisham’s Wedding Cake.
“The most prominent object was a long table with a tablecloth spread on it, as if a feast had been in preparation when the house and the clocks all stopped together. An epergne or centerpiece of some kind was in the middle of this cloth; it was so heavily overhung with cobwebs that its form was quite undistinguishable; and, as I looked along the yellow expanse out of which I remember its seeming to grow, like a black fungus, I saw speckled-legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it, and running out from it, as if some circumstances of the greatest public importance had just transpired in the spider community.”
I’m going to recreate this cake, but with a twist. I’m going to collaborate with a couple of my friends to create a masterpiece including two halves of one cake: One, toppled and aging, one beautiful and pure. Two halves of Miss Havisham’s life.
This will be difficult to do, seeing as how cakes in the early 1800’s were not cakes at all, but meat pies. I’m going to look past this fact for the sake of SCIENCE to make this work.
Wedding cakes were not topped with figures of the bride and the groom. They were topped with flowers, and posies were common during this time. (This is a tiny bit ironic, when you think about the Dark Ages. “Ring around the Rosy”, anyone?) So posies I’ll top it with.
Another thing that’s annoying is that they were typically made with fruitcake, not white cake. This isn’t necessarily supposed to be exactly her wedding cake, but I feel I’ll gain points by making it as real as possible.
Which also means, it can’t be too large.
This will be fun.