Synchronised Swimming Mermaid Desserts! (Bake off disaster)

This week of The Great Blogger Bake Off is European Cake week and it broke me. I set out to make a yummy Black Forest Gateau decorated with different shades of blue frosting to create a sea scape - but sadly this happened....

GATEAU DISASTER! It was going so well but you know what I learnt this week, don't put hot jam on fresh cream and chocolate sponge. Duh! I got my recipe from The BBC Good Food website and it did taste great. 

The cake recipe was really lovely and pretty easy and the off cuts tasted yummy!

I was enjoying layering the gateau with homemade cherries stoked in Kirsch jam with whipped cream and my chocolate sponge.

As I added the layers I could see that the cake was starting to collapse in itself and I had no idea why!

I kept going hoping that it would be OK when...



gone! ARRR! I bake while Lux, my daughter naps so sometimes I have lots of time and sometimes I have none. She was starting to wake so I wanted to finish the laying quickly, I didn't realise that the jam was still cooling from when I made it and basically the cake melted!

I tried to save the cake by covering it in blue frosting but I didn't use enough icing sugar in the mix so it just dripped off. ARRRR! At this point I was pretty frustrated and miserable. I totally feel for Iain from show who threw his melted Baked Alaska in the bin! If this cake wasn't so tasty I might have done the same. I walked away, had a cuddle with Lux and got over it! I didn't want to waste it so it was time to make the most of this mess!

I decided to use ramekins to make a dessert. I stuffed the ramekins with the sponge, cream and cherries and pressed it down.

I then decorated them with the shades of blue frosting to create a "splash" effect for the mermaids tail.

I made the mermaids tails from white chocolate with pink food colouring, the shapes not great but at this point I was just pleased to be carrying on!

Then I made it all OK by sprinkling lots of edible glitter on them! That fixes everything! I also got these sweet little white pearls that are supposed to look like little bubbles, cute!

And there you have it, my Synchronised Swimming Mermaid Desserts AKA Bake Off DISASTER! I'm quite pleased with how they look given the circumstances and they are tasty! I learnt an important lesson this week, first off don't put hot jam on fresh cream and chocolate sponge but I also leant thats its only a cake so don't stress about it and eat it!

I might be munching on these during tonights episode of The Great British Bake Off (or I might treat myself and buy somthing) and you can follow mine and all the other baking bloggers progress on instgram #thegreatbloggerbakeoff.

Heres some actual European cake recipes made by the lovely, clever Great Blogger Bake Off bloggers:

Fancy some more baking? Take a look at my other Great Blogger Bake Off recipes here:
Next week is pastry week and I'm already planning ahead, fingers crossed I'll have more luck!


  1. Yours look super pretty! Very nicely handled, if my cake had done that I'd have probably thrown all my toys out the pram and thrown it all out to be honest haha! So you recovered so well and now your bakes look really gorgeous. I had no time this week to bake, only late last night, so I made a reeeeally average bake that could have done with twice the amount of sugar in my opinion! Sad times :( xxx

    1. Hi Hannah! Some weeks are just harder than others I guess but my bakes are slowly getting worse but they're still tasty xxx

  2. Oh no! I love how you rescued your dessert, in its own way. :) When life gives you melted cake, make mermaids. Right?


  3. These look amazing! I've never put hot jam on things before but I've tried to ice warm cakes and made a soggy buttery mess - it happens to the best of us. I love how you managed to save them by turning them into little personal desserts instead, they look much more creative and unique than a regular gateaux anyway! if it was me I'd probably have just completely given up x

    1. Thanks Hannah! I'm so glad I calmed down and carried on, its crazy how stressful baking can be when it goes wrong xxx

  4. I'm well impressed by how you managed to salvage this and still end up with some of the prettiest looking bakes I've seen! Unfortunately I know all too well the frustration of a bake gone wrong! x

    1. Thanks Kirsty, it happens to all of us I guess but I'm hoping for a stress free bake next week, fingers crossed! xxx


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