Sort of, working from a Mokatine recipe I have online but focusing on trying the sponge (genoise) and buttercream (egg based). The buttercream works, surprising SWMBO, who is more used to castersugar / butter recipes. The lemon essence amount used also worked (3/4 tsp) so that’s a win. No other flavours were used.
The sponge was “ok”, flatter than it should have been so probably me hammering the batter more than I should knocking the air out. Will try again.
Presentation, it is what it is. Will be working on that over time.
Next week, need to work on getting the cake right ahead of someone’s 3rd birthday requiring a Duggee which doesn’t look like he’s been in a horrible accident.