Synchronised Swimming Mermaid Desserts! (Baking disaster)

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This recipe 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....

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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!

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

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

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

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going....

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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!

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And there you have it, my Synchronised Swimming Mermaid Desserts AKA Baking 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 learnt thats its only a cake so don't stress about it and eat it!

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