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.
Unfortunately there’s been a lot going on over the past couple of weeks which have caused me to be forgetful in updating my blog.
I’ve celebrated my daughter’s first birthday, been made redundant from my job and but also been offered a new job!
Although its been pretty rubbish to lose my job, I want to speak about the happy thing – Alice’s first birthday.
I haven’t done too much baking recently except to bake for her birthday party but I definitely did plenty of baking for that.
I made 2 birthday cakes, both sponge with buttercream and fondant icing.
The first one, that I will talk about today, was a small cake I made, enough to feed 6 hungry adults and a little lady, I think this equated to an 8″ cake. I didn’t want it to be too large or fancy as we were taking it to West Midlands Safari park and I needed it to survive the car journey and trip round the animals.
This is one of the reasons why I decorated it with a zebra theme, simple but effective.
I iced it with white fondant icing and then used edible airbrush paints to hand paint on the stripes. I was a bit worried it would look a little old for her but it was linked to her day out.
I coloured the royal icing, that I used to pipe the writing with a baby pink but on the cake it seemed to come out white.
I was quite pleased with the end results and the advantage of painting the cake was that you didn’t have to colour icing black – which is a pain to do.
I should have used my big camera (Canon 50d) to do some good photos but the house was so full of things for the party that there was barely room to store the cake!
Anyway, I’ll finish this on one of my favourite jokes: What’s black and white and eats like a horse?
The best things come in small packages. I’m not always too sure that statement is totally correct but it fits well with what I baked today… The micro cupcake! Ta-dah. No longer will people say a cupcake is too sweet for them or use the excuse of being on a diet as this cake is good for everyone.
I guess now I’ve ‘big’d’ it up you should really try it.
I’ve always had a fascination with objects in miniature size (please, no rude jokes!) Model railway, model villages, the tiny versions of Bournville and Dairy milk chocolate bars you used to get in tins of Roses. I love the way they are so cute, like full size but shrunk down. So today when I was making some full size lemon cupcakes I had a little bit of mixture left over. It would have only really been enough for one or two cakes but I decided to use the petite four cases to make tiny versions. I’m really happy with how they came out considering they weren’t in a baking tin to cook as I don’t have one that small. I thought they might spread too much but the cases held really well.
I’m probably really late and these were fashionable last year or something but I think they’d make a great wedding cake or look lovely on a cake stand for afternoon tea. If only I had a cake box small enough then I’d make more of these cute little cakes.