I have a fondness for Downton Abbey. Like the rest of some of the millions of viewers that have made it so popular.
I was so looking forward to Season 5 that I decided to make a cake in honor of it. No special occasion. No gathering of any sort. Just wanted to see if it could be done.
My first attempt was a fail. The batter wasn't baking up high enough to surround the tops of the castles.
So I added more batter. Just not quite enough.
After flattening the tops of the cakes the castles were still peeking through and I wanted a bit more white space.
Even this wasn't enough since once the cake tops were flattened the top of the castle lost some of its definition.
The next attempt wasn't a complete success since the castles weren't exactly lined up to mirror each other but I'm getting closer. Perhaps the 3rd time will be a charm?
The letters were cut from modeling chocolate using Marion Frost's Patchwork cutters from Global Sugar Arts. The castles for the exterior were hand cut from a modeling chocolate/fondant mixture.
Now that the cake drama is over I'm looking forward to some real drama at Downton!