It was my dad's birthday the other day, and I took it upon myself to make a cake - a birthday does not exist without cake, it's scientifically proven. My dad likes trifle, and recently watched the episode of GBBO where they make Swedish Princess Cake, so I thought the best thing to do would be to make a weird hybrid of these things (and it worked!).
I started off by making two normal vanilla sponges, then when they were cool I set to work. I covered the bottom layer with about an entire jar of jam - my dad loves jam - and built up little walls around the edges. I then thickened some custard with a little cornflour, and poured that into the middle of the jam, so it got kept in by the jam walls.
I sandwiched the other sponge layer on top, and sadly the jam walls didn't quite hold up and so the custard leaked out - I remedied it by pouring the rest of the custard around the edge of the cake to make it look deliberate. I then piped whipped cream on the top, plopped some balls of marzipan on top of them, and dusted it off with some icing sugar.
The result was a rich, decadent, pretty damn tasty cake. The next day, the remaining custard had soaked into the sponge and created a really cool custard-cake, something I will be exploring in the future...
Also, I know I haven't been posting much, but everything is so hectic - I'm moving to university on Saturday, and I don't think I'll have much time to do anything until I've settled in!