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I made this three layer chocolate cake for little Niamh's Christening last month. I used Mary Berry's chocolate celebration cake recipe and for some reason the cakes didn't rise very much hence the three layers rather than two – I had to quickly make another cake to avoid a pathetically flat cake! Also used her white chocolate icing which also took two goes to get right as the first was all lumpy as the white chocoate didn't melt sufficiently in the hot cream. It didn't set very well once I iced the cake either! I was planning to pipe it in roses all over the cake but there was no way that was going to work so I just spread it all on… not what I envisioned but hey ho! So all in all not the easiest but I put that down partially to having a 11 week old baby and it was also the hottest weekend of the year!

The booties are by clay dough and are not edible but they look like sugar paste. They will also make a nice keepsake for Niamh's mum Sarah. I also made some vanilla cupcakes with bootie toppers for the kids.

They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and it all went, and I got lots of compliments, so job well done I suppose – even if it didn't turn out as planned! Most importantly Sarah loved it! They cake was really moist and not overly sweet so I would make it again – maybe when I'm not so hot and bothered!

 

 

 

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