I mentioned my friends Katharine & Lewis recently in a post about their wedding cake, and as if their marriage wasn’t enough of a momentous occasion for them, they took the brave and exciting step to move to New York 6 months later!! This amazing opportunity resulted from an offer from Lewis’ company when they asked if he would help in the branch of the company based in the heart of New York City. After months of planning and arranging documentation they moved out at the end of March for this exciting adventure, not knowing exactly how long they would be gone for! A few weeks before they left the UK I made sure we managed to get all of our friend group together to see them off in a small surprise leaving party. I volunteered Paula’s house for this as she has the biggest kitchen, and she prepared two delicious chillies (one vegetarian and one meaty) while the others contributed red, white and blue decorations, and we all printed photos of us all to put in an album for Katharine and Lewis to take to NY with them. And I couldn’t resist the opportunity to bake a NYC themed cake! This was the same weekend as I was baking part of a wedding cake for Hannah & Bill which had been somewhat traumatic for me!! (Details to follow, I think it will make an amusing anecdote now I can look back & laugh!!) I think if I hadn’t have been so pleased with the NYC cake I might have given up baking for a while!! But I decided to attempt to colour the sponges so that when the cake was cut we would see layers of red, white and blue but was very unsure about how much colour paste to add, and was a little nervous about trying this out… I knew the colours faded during cooking, so tried to ensure the cake mix had a strong colour before baking – here you can see how they looked as I put them in the oven.
After baking these two tiers and a normal layer of un-coloured sponge, I leveled all the tiers to make them stack better as it was going to be taller than normal with three sponge layers, but this also allowed me to see how the colour was, and I was really pleased. I didn’t have as much time as I hoped on the morning before the party to make as many decorations as I had hoped, but decided to make a New York skyline around the sides on the cake, with a Statue of Liberty at the front. Obviously I had to make a simplistic version of the statue, but lots of people commented on how much they liked it, which was lovely : ) I used red lettering on the top to write a ‘Good Luck’ message, and added an American flag and a red apple to represent ‘The Big Apple’, as well as a slice of pizza and a Macy’s shopping bag. Although I had grand ideas to make street signs and yellow taxis, I didn’t have time for it all and was pleased with the bits I did get on the cake.
After picking Katharine and Lewis up and getting on the M20, they soon guessed we were on our way to Paula’s and they were delighted that everyone was there to wish them well. After indulging in all the food Paula prepared, I watched excitedly as Katharine cut the cake, waiting for her and Lewis to see the colours inside!
Katharine and Lewis are now settling into their new apartment in NY after moving out from the work flat this weekend, and I am so excited that I shall be visiting them in a week to celebrate my 30th birthday!!!