The girls from my mother’s group like to make things for our catch ups so I thought I’d try something a little different this time seeing as I’d only just gotten into cake decorating.

I made an egg-less chocolate cake, just to try out the new recipe I’d found. I baked it in my roasting tin because I didn’t have a tin big enough for what I wanted and didn’t want to have to try and match up different cakes and try to get them to stay together.

After it had chilled, I iced it with butter cream icing. I then rolled out some white fondant, using lard on the counter top to stop it from sticking. I laid the fondant over the bottom half of the cake and cut around the bottom to match the shape. Then I rolled and cut out my red fondant and tried to get the strips on there evenly, which was tricky. It was my second ever attempt at using fondant, so I was really nervous. I’m sure I’ll get better at it as I continue to try new things.

After the bottom was done, and I was happy with it, I pushed the colored popcorn into the butter cream icing at the top to make it look like a proper bucket of popcorn.

My 4 year old son was extremely impressed, as were the other mums, and he kept taking photos of it and asking everyone if they’d seen the cake. The egg-less cake was delicious and I’m glad I took a chance on trying something different.