Writing this post is absolutely killing me already, and all I’ve done so far is uploaded the featured image. Why, you ask? Because I miss this cake so god damn much. It was delicious. Insane. Out of this world.
I went all out this year, it’s not every year your baby sister becomes a real life adult, right? Last year I made her a pretty low key syrup cake that looked like a Simpson’s donut, but for this birthday all bases were covered.
My little sister likes three things a lot: white chocolate, blueberries and gin. This cheesecake was my attempt at the perfect birthday cake, and I feel like I nailed it.
I worked pretty hard on it too, I’ve never been known to grease and line a cake tin as thoroughly as I did last week, I mean I measured the sides for christ’s sake. Who does that unless they’re on GBBO?
Speaking of GBBO, the original cheesecake recipe is a Mary Berry job, and it went swimmingly. I followed it to the letter for everything but the base, which I switched to shortbread cause I just think it’s more indulgent – like this cake needed more indulgence..
If there’s one tip that I think is worth passing on, it’s the one Miss Pond gave me on Twitter when I was freaking out that the cake hadn’t set properly (this was the first time I’d attempted a baked cheesecake). She said to leave it in the oven for a few hours (oven off) after the cooking time until it’s cooled. It set perfectly, so I will now always follow this advice.
Just look at that, so cute and rustic and just ugh! Loved it. So, the plan from here was to get my blueberry on. I had already been infusing some blueberries with gin (more on that here, if you’re interested) so it was time to get to work on making blueberry chocolate spoons. Yeah, you heard me..
This stuff rocked my world. This whole range is so delicious it makes me want to just swear at you, so I won’t talk about it too much. But the blueberry chocolate really made this cake special, I incorporated it into the whole vibe by melting it into spoon moulds first..
Which I then sprayed gold with my favourite, favourite, favourite ever piece of frivolous baking kit.
It needed a few layers but the end result was impressive a/f.
Whilst I waited for those to dry, I dipped a few fresh blueberries in the leftover melted chocolate. I’m not going to lie to you, this was never part of the plan, it just sort of occurred to me halfway through – all the best ideas do, right?
And then, I got a text from my sister saying she was fifteen minute away – this is classic her – and I had to move like lightning to put the whole thing together. This is what I managed in the end..
Not bad right? I’m pretty proud of it, I know I’ve been blowing my own trumpet a lot in this post but come on, you seen this cake?
Have you ever made an 18th birthday cake? Let me see it! share your links below or Tweet me a picture..