This cake was my first structural cake. I always wanted to try making at least one.
I baked 2 deep 6” cakes which formed her dress.
I drew the cake a few weeks ago when I was thinking what to make Zoe for her Birthday.
She doesn’t have anything in particular she likes so I had free rein but I did notice she recognises Peppa Pig on TV therefore decided to add her to the cake board. I had other half help me with the building as I have no DIY skills whatsoever. So he cut the rods to the right size and attached them to the boards under my guidance of course lol, I had the vision, hubby had the DIY skills. I must admit this is why I have always been afraid trying structural cakes. I mean, I don’t even know how to use my drill!!!
Anyway I had to work quick without over-thinking it so I started baking the cakes about 3pm, build the structure, stacked and filled the cakes, crumb coated and covered, covered board, added peppa. Went to bed at 4:30am. Up and final touches with the airbrush, fix the dress as the green has leaked colour, added the cupcake, photos and voila! We had a birthday cake and she stood :)I moved her around kitchen for photos etc and she wobbled but still stood strong lol. She was just over 18” tall :), 20” if to be exact to the tip of her hair bow lol :)
I took a few photos while working but forgot to keep taking them as had to rush thinking I won’t finish on time. My apologies for that.
So here they are:
Saturday was my daughter’s 4th birthday.
She is a big dinosaur fan and has been asking me for dinosaur cake since age of 2.
As she was turning 4 I thought she is that age when she can remember her birthday cake so I decided to have a go at making he the dinosaur cake this year.
I wanted her birthday to be special.
I baked a gluten free chocolate cake in rectangle tin and it looked pretty good size. Once I started carving the dinosaur, adding his head, tail and legs he suddenly turned into a giant! The biggest cake I have done so far. WE put him on a board which was 60cm wide and 90cm long. The board was whole 3 foot long!!!
WE had a small party for her and invited a few friends. I set two tables: savoury and desert table.
Made cake pops, dinosaur cookies, dinosaur cupcakes with plastic dinosaurs so children can keep the toy on the topper. There were also dinosaur eggs (Easter eggs) and dinosaur chocolates made using a mold.
This week I decided to make a Peter Rabbit cake.
I love plain cakes and I love Peter Rabbit. The simple lines are very elegant so I decided to keep it as plain as possible.
I baked double barrel Victoria sponge for the first tier an chocolate cake for the second. Cakes were gluten free. Recipe you can find further down on the blog.
They were then filled and covered with vanilla butter cream. I used all butter buttercream recipe:
1kg icing sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp water
Beat butter and vanilla, add half of icing sugar. Beat for further a few minutes. Add rest of icing sugar and beat for approximately 5min on medium. Add water if required and beat until mixed.
For the rabbit I uses Satin ice gumpaste and here is the tutorial:
A few steps while making the cake(excuse the mess):
And here is the finished cake:
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