And for me the right decision, I was backing Ruby throughout, and I do think so much about the bravado which accompanies some people who can't *do* for toffee and people who are more comfortable with being ready for the criticism, I digress. Frances had so many creative, lateral, talent which made a perfect winner.
And the nation breathed a sigh of relief.
So, what would finale week bring for me?
Jenny and Helen were of course on hand with smelling salts to keep a sense of perspective.
Well, it goes without saying, the usual stresses to accompany what seemed reasonable deadlines, and a few curve balls.
And so, of course, all I really wanted to do was throw myself into the kitchen. But, of course, those three pesky children.
And of course one pesky child became ill but she did regain strength for day 2. And, of course, Ben Bear, who has come home from school for half term adventures also contributed to our success.
And then of course Pinterest bore its influence.
And so it may not be a three- tier... and I thought about using the term 'deconstructed' but anyone who knows me would understand my inability to understand construction to begin with.
But it is all the best parts of my #GBBO experience on one table!
shortbread I had made with my lemon possets. I used the same receipe, with probably an extra 80g of flour so I could work with the dough. I was nervous it would take away from the buttery taste which everyone had loved with the posset, but fortunately between the almonds and the butter it remained a success.
As usual, I used my trusty receipe of weighing four eggs, and using an equal amount of sugar, Stork and self-raising flour, along with a splash of vanilla essence.
Our witches would be the sponge fairy cake, our googley eyes and orange buttercream, shoelaces, with a cornet drowned in chocolate.
I used the Bundtt tin to try and create a cauldron, and used the Joconde sponge from my Opera Cake.
And we used M&S skulls and rolled black icing spiders to decorate the cauldron.
Inside the cauldon we used green jelly, white chocolate mice, and sour worms, with a shortbread spoon.
I am so happy with everything I've done.
Someone commented about not having the confidence to bake.
So this is it.
My daughter's 3rd birthday cake. March 2012.
Burnt base and rubbish icing.
And she loved it.
And 18months on I am making different types of sponge bases.
Get me :)