There is nothing better than having some friends to stay on which you can do some cake experimentation! Sadly, I have to report that the Swiss meringue buttercream icing was not a great success – far too dense and buttery and nothing to counteract the sweetness of the sugar. This is the site where I got the original idea from http://sweetapolita.com/2011/04/swiss-meringue-buttercream-demystified/ . This is a special cake so I want something beyond the normal cream cheese/ buttercream that I make. I feel some more experimentation coming on! Although this is obviously not keeping the cake under wraps until I reveal the final recipe, I felt I had to share some of the almost disasters as well as the finished products with you.