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Birthday cake help

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Birthday cake help

Postby yellow45 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:02 am

Hi ladies,

I am going to attempt to make a cake for Toby's 2nd birthday but haven't made one with icing before. I want it to look a little like this:

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Probably a smiplier version though, so just blue icing and the make some transport icing shapes and stick them onto the side.

So, what kind of cake would be best and how do I apply the icing?

Thanks

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Re: Birthday cake help

Postby Rox » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:48 am

That actually looks like blue coloured buttercream frosting rather than icing and then the shapes are made from fondant icing.

Try you tube for tutorials, a bit easier than explaining it all here hehe x

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Re: Birthday cake help

Postby yellow45 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:45 pm

Ah ok, I wondered whether the blue icing was something else-it looks so smooth! Will try youtube, thanks.

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Re: Birthday cake help

Postby Rox » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:58 pm

No, its buttercream but if its an american cake they like to use a meringue buttercream type which applies like a buttercream but forms a firm outer when set which smooths really well. You can find recipes online tho i've never tried it.

For simplicity you could just dye some fondant icing blue and go for a fully iced cake of that design tho there is something lovely about the buttercream covered cakes.

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Re: Birthday cake help

Postby jclmellor » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:35 pm

this cake looks amazing - i would also like to learn how to make a birthday cake for wenna's birthday in december. i have some time to practice lol! good luck!!! x :wave: :wave: :wave:

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Re: Birthday cake help

Postby Twinkletoes » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:16 pm

I think Rox is right - the clouds are firm, but def not fondant, so must have been piped on, so either royal icing or a buttercream, but the icing itself doesn't look like royal...

Anyway, do yourself some plain sponges in appropriate size, and the NEXT DAY (less crumbly this way), trim to make v flat. You can do it the same day of course, but it's a little fiddlier. Or you could semi freeze. Or go with slightly domed cakes.

Colouring fondant is easy, just knead it in for ages, roll, fold, roll, then drape on, smooth round, and trim. I stick it on with thin layer of smooth jam.

Buttercream might be easier? In which case, just smooth it down once it's covered all over, using a palate knife dipped in hot water.

Once it's set a bit, apply fondant shapes.

Enjoy!

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Re: Birthday cake help

Postby yellow45 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:23 am

Thanks for the advise, girls. I might leave the clouds off or just use fondant shapes for them as my piping it not very good.

I'll have a trial run and see what works best. Where would the best place to get coloured fondant from? Thanks x

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Re: Birthday cake help

Postby Twinkletoes » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:27 am

Some supermarkets have it, cake specialists have it, but it takes ten mins to knead colour in yourself.

Quite hard work, but it's easy enough!

Add colour in the middle, fold, roll, knead etc. Try not to get your hands on the neat colouring!


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