You might be interested in the process by which I bake a cake. Obviously some of the basics are obvious enough, but this illustrates what a careful, painstaking process it is to produce a cake good enough for any important occasion!
Soak the fruit
Line the tin with greaseproof paper
Wrap the tin in newspaper
This helps prevent the outside from scorching before the centre is cooked.
Make the cake mix...
according to the required recipe (in this case, a rich fruit cake)
Pour the mixture into the tin and level
Bake the cake
Not as simple as it looks...
When cold, wrap the finished cake in foil
and leave to mature – you can feed it with alcohol every 2 weeks if you like a boozy cake
Place on a marzipan base, fill any holes with marzipan
Carefully complete the marzipan casing
Cover the cake board with a layer of icing
Repeat for each tier of the cake, and decorate
Decorate as required
Enjoy the smiles of happy customers!