Orange macadamia nut quilt cake

I have been gone for so long! So many things have happened in the past couple of months it seems like a lifetime has come and gone 😀 moving into my new place, moving IN with my boyfriend (big step I know), going to Europe for the holiday (which was amazing!) and coming back to normal life and reality. That took the longest 😛

So I am back in action with new challenges: bigger cakes and bigger designs!

I was asked by Mike’s mother if I could make her her 60th birthday cake. Of course I can, easy….NOT! I had the great idea of making it look like a quilt. Since that is her main hobby, I thought it would be very fitting.

However, the quilt wouldn’t have been as hard to make if only I had planned a pattern ahead of time!! I have learned my lesson for next time: plan way ahead or have an idea of what I would want it to look like before rolling out 3 kg of fondant. Without a plan or a direction, I was lost and it took me forever to figure out something that would look good and would actually look like a quilt.

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Well there you have it. Had some minor hiccups while transporting it to Stanthorpe but it was well received and it was DELICIOUS!

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For the cake I took inspiration from Australian Macadamias site but made my own changes and variations as usual.

INGREDIENTS:

For the cake:

250g unsalted butter, softened
250g  sugar
5 large eggs
250g self-raising flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
1 large orange, zested
1/2 cup unsalted macadamias, finely chopped

For the frosting:

125g unsalted butter, softened
250g cream cheese
250g icing sugar, sifted

3 tbsp double cream
1 orange, zested
juice of one orange

1/2 cup macadamias chopped

Turn oven on 180°. Grease with butter and flour two 8′ cake tins.

Beat the butter and the sugar until combined and fluffy. Add one egg at the time and scrape down the bowl. Add the flour, baking powder. Divide the batter in two bowls. In one add the zest, in the other the macadamias.

Pour into the tins and bake for 20-30minutes. Let them cool completely.

Make the frosting. Beat the butter cream cheese and cream together until combined. Add the icing sugar and the juice. If the frosting seems too liquid, add more double cream a tbsp at the time.

Place your bottom cake on a serving plate. Frost with cream cheese. Place the second cake layer on top and cover the whole cake in frosting.

Finally you can cover it with the fondant quilt. I made other objects to make it more like a sewing space, with the pin cushion, meter and threads.

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Next coming up, is a Chinese themed wedding cake for 70 people! 😀

Ciao for now xox

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