During my time as a PhD student at Exeter I developed a love of making and decorating elaborate cakes to celebrate PhD vivas ('defences') - the geekier the better. I make the odd birthday cake here and there too. I'm completely self taught, with most of the techniques and ideas that I use being my own (bolstered with a few hints and tips taken from the internet). I'm becoming increasingly interested in the science of baking - if you also want to learn more, this is a good article to start with. My attempts at experimenting with sponge can be found lower down....