Birthday Time, come on grab your cakes!
It was my bro-in-laws birthday at the weekend, and he asked everyone to give him a creative present. Husband made him a very cool computer game, and I made cake (of course)!
We all love Adventure Time, so that was the inspiration for my cakes.
The recipe came from here
as I decided I wanted to keep the flavours simple, as there would be a lot of decoration going on.
The inspiration for the cakes came from here:
I followed the recipe exactly, apart from the chocolate chips. My usual brand wasn’t available, so I used chocolate buttons instead, chopped up. I just crossed my fingers that they would hold together like chips.
Once the muffins were baked (I baked them for 10 minutes longer than the recipe states) I let them cool and spread them with buttercream, made with one part spread to two parts icing sugar. (Only once I realised that the fondant icing wouldn’t stick to the muffins by itself).
I then began working with the icing. This is my first time using fondant icing, so it was a bit of a learning curve. For example, I learned that the icing gets pretty sticky pretty quickly. So I sprinkled the counter and rolling pin with icing sugar and went for it.
I rolled out the natural coloured icing and cut them into circles slightly smaller than the tops of the muffins to make the face.
I then rolled out the white icing and cut them into larger circles with the centres cut out, and stuck them around the outside of the natural circles. I then added the ears.
I then got Husband to help me to draw the faces on with an edible pen (and by help I mean he did it, I cannot draw. Seriously).
Bro-in-law was very happy with the cakes, and also enjoyed the taste, although he thought that without the icing they may have been too bitter. I guess maybe it was because of the chocolate. I was pretty happy with them (I do love dark chocolate though).
All in all these were a success, and now I have started trying to use fondant I might try again. Practice makes perfect, right?