Bloggers Bake Along to GBBO: Mary Berry's Tennis Cake

Sunday 20 September 2015

I'm so pleased that I have gotten to week seven and have manage not to miss a single bake so far! Although I had been looking through all my other bakes fior this challenge and I realised that I hadn't managed to tackle a single technical challenge... So this week I remedied that by making Mary Berry's Tennis Cake from this week.

Making the cake mix involved preparing a whole bunch of fruit, I have literally never seen so much fruit in a cake... like ever... In fact when I first started mixing the fruit into the cake batter I was convinced that it was about 90% fruit!

Making my own Marzipan was surprisingly easy, although I didn't think it was going to come together at first because of the tiny amount of wet ingredients involved... Also have to mention that I didn't make my own fondant, I had to buy white fondant and colour it myself! It wasn't that I didn't want to, in fact I had all the ingredients in my basket ready to go, but Tesco had sold out of Glycerin, and as I was running out of time to get my bake done before I start my new job next week, I admitted defeat. Having said that, colouring shop bought fondant is no easy task! Cutting both into rectangles and getting them on top of the cake without breaking them was a challenge... The royal icing was something I have made several times before, so I had no problems here. Piping the Tennis court was an absolute nightmare... and as you may be able to see I was a little bit wobbly. Although it was fine once I got the hang of it!

 Then all I had to do was pipe my pink and yellow border, which after doing the tennis court was really easy. Then I piped myself some little tennis rackets and a net, which I left overnight to dry. Despite this however I still managed to break my net... you can see the damage above! So my tennis cake is unfortunately net-less, and I have no idea how some of the bakers managed to get a completed net on their cakes...

So there we have my Tennis cake! Overall I was pretty happy, and I'd like to think that if I was on the Bake Off this week that my cake would have been in the middle, judging wise.

Let me know in the comments what you think of the cake, and what you thought of this weeks episode...
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