Friday 5 October 2018

Share the Love Birthday Cake

Never have I ever made such an important birthday cake at such short notice! This cake needed to represent the five-year-old recipient's loves and, whilst I was unable to complete them all, I managed most.

Here was my list of loves for this little dude:
  • Chocolate
  • Favourite colours are green and blue
  • Skateboarding
  • Ninja Swords
  • Dirtbikes
  • American YouTube Vlogger, Stephen Sharer and "Share The Love" 
I was unable to source a moto-x dirtbike topper for this cake, but I hope the little BMX bike will be a happy substitute. So, let's have a look at how this seriously last minute cake turned out ...

Chocolate ...  Check

This is my second chocolate cake this week, and mmmmm it looks, tastes and smells are good as the first one. Once more, my chocolate sponge recipe did not fail me and neither did the delicious chocolate buttercream.

Fave Colours ...  Check

Blue fondant with blue toppers, with a little bit of green colour on the skateboard.

Skateboarding ...  Check

Awesome skateboard cake topper

Ninja swords ...  Fail

OK, so I failed on this one, but I've pretty much got the rest sorted I think.

Dirt Bikes ...  Check, well, sort of

Finding a dirtbike cake topper was hard at such short notice, but I think this little BMX should be a pretty cool substitute. And, with it being a wonderful blue one, I think I just might be forgiven - I hope

'Share the Love' ...  Check and double check!

The young man's Dad sent me the 'Share The Love' logo but, as it was such poor quality and would have pixelated on printing, I got my 'digital enhancer' working on it to prevent this happening. The printed icing sheet topper was then cut to shape and affixed to the top of the cake.

Once that dried, following the scourge of all cakers, humidity, I made a few cupcakes for good measure. Chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla and chocolate frosting. Yum!

Thursday 4 October 2018

Chelsea FC Birthday Cake

You know, considering I'm a rugby lass from a rugby family, I seem to make an awful lot of football cakes. Here's one more to add to my growing list. It might look like a plain cake but, just wait until you get inside!

In addition to the chocolatey sponge and the lashings of chocolatey buttercream, between each layer of yummy sponge and between the delicious buttercream lay a hidden layer of ... 

Oreo Thins!

If it wasn't for the fact that I hate Oreo biscuits, I'd say it looks like the ones on the edges have been nibbled on, but breaking bits off was the only way I could fit them all on the top of the cake. Trying to cut them just broke them in ways that wasted the whole biscuit.

The sides of the cake have been decorated in fondant shapes as a 'homage' to a football. You can find these cutters in most good cake decorating stores as well as eBay and Amazon. These pieces were individually cut and attached then each piece was decorated with a quilting tool to mimic the stitching. You can see this detail better on the finished piece as well as on the red and blue footballs (links below).

A thin line of extruded black fondant was then used to cover the raw edges of these pieces. That was 'stitched' too.

I also handmade a number of small half footballs and allowed to dry before using a food-colour pen to decorate. Some of these were then used to decorate the board along with the salutation.

The topper is a quality, printed icing sheet that was pre-purchased and affixed to the top with the smallest amount of water and edible glue - the crowning glory!

Once dried, the whole cake received a dusting of magic i.e. edible silver lustre dust and voila! Complete!

As I understand it, the recipient has never had a birthday cake so, let's hope this one makes up for it.

Whilst you're here, check out my previous footy cakes:
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