I know people want the name of their loved one’s written on the cakes they order, but I just can’t do it. Well in all honest truth, I have tried and even had a lesson and just don’t have the patience. I am also not enamoured with icing sugars and artificial colourings. My favourite way of decorating a cake is with fruit in abundance.
For the last two winters I have been away, out of the shire, out of the country, so it was a very pleasant delight to find out that strawberries are in season right now, you can buy them everywhere, at our local farmers markets, green grocers and dare I say it even in the supermarkets. They taste devine at this time of year.
Strawberries would have to be my favourite fruit to decorate cakes with, but then there are also blueberries, they look stunning, especially paired up with strawberries. Kiwi fruit are magical, and when in season, mango, dragon fruit, raspberries, even little mandarin segments can do the trick and passion fruit so delicious and delicate.
For raw cakes you can always opt for dried fruit. In our local bulk foods store they have a super food mix, which is a combination of dried gojis, cranberries and blueberries. The colour of this mix can only be described as vibrantly vibrant. And I can imagine writing someone’s name on a cake using the super food mix as a formation. For the raw banana and tahini cake (recipe in fresh and vibrant raw book) I like to put a slice of fresh banana on each slice of cake and a pecan. Less is more works well with this decoration.
Please let me know if you ever decorate your cakes with fruits I haven’t mentioned. I am always looking for ideas.