Sheffield has been turning a certain colour over the past year. The city is in the grip of yellow fever as the Le Tour Yorkshire finishes the second stage in Sheffield next weekend. To celebrate this we got on our bikes and went to Amici & Bici on Abbeydale Road. It may have been dull outside but the cafe is bright and welcoming and not a soul in lycra!
We started off with our organizer Karen Perkins and her lemon and almond cake with lemon curd and clotted cream filling. The white fondant on the cake set off the yellow jersey complete with bike chains with an oil stain effect.
Two of the famous Tour de France jerseys were depicted on Paul and Moira’s cake. The top section was of course the race leader’s yellow jersey. The bottom half was the red polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountains leader. Inside the cake was a lemon and lime Madeira with pomegranate curd. A grating of orange zest completed it.
Bernie went for our French theme with an Almost Instant Chocolate Fondant cake from the French pastry chef Fanny Zanotti. The whisked eggs gave the cake a crust to contrast with the dark chocolate base. Bernie accessorized the cake with a homemade ribbon and banner.
The Almost Instant Chocolate Fondant cake was so good it had to be made twice! Margaret went for the same recipe for her cake. A marzipan bicycle with candied ginger wheels gave extra flavour and contrast to the chocolate. Both Bernie and Margaret found the recipe gave too much mixture for the 20cm sized tin that the instructions stated.
Lemon was a particular favourite flavour for our cakes. Lucy made a a lemon sponge with lemon buttercream icing. The subtle yellow cake was hiding underneath a perfectly shaped yellow jersey complete with handpiped black logo icing.
We welcomed two new members to our group. First up was Amy and her lemon Victoria sponge cake covered with Yorkshire Tea infused cream cheese frosting. Amy made the bicycle and wheels decoration by making her own candied lemons.
Our second new member was Eleanor who went for the full Yorkshire ingredients for her Rhubarb and Custard cake. The rhubarb was naturally from Yorkshire as well as the eggs. The custard gave the cake the necessary splash of yellow.
We made ‘The Road to Cake and Glory’. A chocolate tray bake formed the base of the cake. The ends were trimmed off and then mixed with chocolate spread to form the hill. The lush grass and road were rolled from fondant and the road markings was white chocolate icing. The Junior baker made the flags and signs.
Many thanks for Amici & Bici for hosting us. Make a date in your diary for our annual 3 Counties Cakenic on 9th August – your choice of sweet and savoury cakes.