Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Win a 50 Flavour Jelly Belly Gift Box and Check Out my Union Jack Diamond Jubilee Jelly Belly Cake!

When I was browsing on the Jelly Belly website I came across the amazing Union Jack cake created for Jelly Belly by Helen at the Fuss Free Flavours blog. It looked stunning and I knew that I wanted to have a go and make one myself. And while Helen's cake is square, I wondered if it would work just as well in a smaller, circular shape. And it did!

I made a classic Victoria Sponge cake and when it was cool, sandwiched it together with raspberry jam. Then I made up a batch of basic buttercream icing and spread it, fairly thinly, over the top and around the sides of the cake. Then, before the buttercream was dry, I used red, white and blue Jelly Belly jellybeans to create the Union Jack effect on the top, using a Union Jack printed napkin as my guide. It wasn't as fiddly as I thought it was going to be and the result was totally brilliant. You might need a little more buttercream in some places as you stick the jelly beans on so that they stick in place and don't tumble off when you move it.

It's already been suggested that I could make one of these for the school's summer fayre and I think it's a great idea. You can buy packs of the red (cherry), white (coconut) and blue (blueberry) jellybeans at the Jelly Belly website. My cake was 23cm wide and I needed just over one pack of the jellybeans to decorate it, so bank on buying two packs to be safe and to allow for any naughty nibbling (sorry, quality control procedures) while you work.

Me, adding the Jelly Belly beans to the cake... check out that concentration!
But while the cake is something I'm hugely proud of, the best part is this. Jelly Belly have offered to give away one 50-flavour gift box to one lucky Comfort Bites reader. If you've ever tried Jelly Belly jellybeans you'll know that they really are full of flavour and with this gift box you can try flavours such as Juicy Pear, Lemon or even Toasted Marshmallow. Jelly Belly describe this as the 'A-list of flavours' - you don't want to miss out on this!

To win a Jelly Belly 50-flavour Gift Box:
All you have to do is visit the flavours section of the Jelly Belly website and tell me which flavour jellybean you would most love to try. There's quite a range so be adventurous! This step is compulsory. You can gain extra entries for Twitter follows and Facebook likes. You must click on the Rafflecopter widget to register your entry, and entries will be verified. A winning entry will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter on June 6th, 2012 and the winner will be contacted. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen. The gift box can only be delivered to a UK mainland address. Good luck!  

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