When I heard that Dr Oetker were having a competiton to win a trip to New York, I got seriously excited. My sister lives there and I can’t afford the air fare -never mind kennelling fees and a passport renewal – but I thought I would give the competition a go, nonethless.
I am not a natural baker. I like nice quick easy meals like noodles and rice and pasta, but on this occasion I pulled out all stops for a chance to go and see her, helped along by the kind gift of lots of ingredients by a nice PR lady. I ordered a mould that made little taxis, an apple, the statue of liberty and a skyline (I used white Dr Oetker cooking chocolate). I also bought a giant cupcake maker and some sweet little american flag butterflies.
Following my imaginantion and a recipe on the internet, I managed to create a milk and white chocolate chip cake. Over the top I poured melted chocolate and stuck some jelly bellies all around, as well as little multicoloured chocolate balls and the butterflies.
Then came the hard part. I had envisioned a statue of liberty atop the cake and I have never really sugar-crafted before, and even my play doh skills are a bit lacking in finesse.
I managed to keep her together for the photo by freezing her, and seconds later she had collapsed. But I had done it! I had made a cake, and oh, I had put my blood, sweat and tears into it (almost). I uploaded the photo to the competition page, and as an afterthought, I checked the terms and conditions.
Giant cupcakes are not allowed. I nearly cried. I tried emailing them to remove my entry and try to start again with a new one, but alas, they have not replied. My hope of a New York trip dashed before it even began.
The ingredients were lovely, the cake a bit (lot) dry and I am NEVER baking again. Too messy and stressful. I will leave that to Granny.
I feel like a massive idiot. The cub liked the sweeties and the icing though.
Always check the terms and conditions!