I created two first birthday cakes for my daughter, the first was a small zebra cake to take with us to the Safari Park (as seen in my last post) then the second one I made was a lot larger for her birthday party.
Alice isn’t really into much at the moment, being only 12 months old so far, but she will stop everything she is doing to sit down and watch an episode of In the Night Garden. It is also a great theme for a cake as there are loads of colours and simple characters to make.
I decided to be brave and have a go at making a figure for on the cake – Maka Paka!
I have only ever made one figure before and that was a rather sad looking teddy bear which was far too fat and sunk down after a few weeks. It wasn’t my finest cake decorating moment so I don’t know what possessed me to try again but I did. I think he actually came out ok, not perfect by a long way but he had the general appearance, though his eyes were quite big giving him a ‘chibi’* look. He managed to make it to the party without his head or any other limb falling off so I think that was a bonus!
I also made circles of icing of the other characters and places them around.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a clear image in my head of what the final piece would look like but I hoped that when I started to put it together I would get an idea. The cake board I bought was too large, the cake didn’t seem high enough and the green colour icing I made was a little too bright but I thought that I had come this far… I was going to finish the cake!
So this is it, my final In the Night Garden cake. There are lots of little bits that I would have changed on it but for my first time trying to do something like this I was happy with it and so were the family and friends who came along.
The cake itself was a simple sponge filled with seedless raspberry jam and a buttercream. It is strange how when you put these ingredients together and use fondant icing then it always tastes shop bought? It was soft and moist and held together well when cut so I am pleased with how it tasted as well as looked. Next year I guess I am going to be doing this again, I wonder what she will like next time.
*as in the Manga meaning of Chibi – cute, small, big eyes.