A friend's daughter was turning 3, so I offered to do the cake. I was told she likes the pink one from Waybuloo ... ... ah, google is my friend. Waybuloo
is a kid's TV programme. And "the pink one" is called De Li, and looks like this:
So, I made a cake. :-) I used a basic victoria sponge, that I dyed pink for extra girly-ness. Then I froze it. I've not done that before, but it really helped the shaping, and I think it improved the moistness of the cake. I knocked up a template of the shapes I would need, printed and cut it out, then carved my cake to shape. Jam and buttercream held it together. I added a crumb layer of buttercream before marshmallow fondant, which I've blogged about before
. The fondant was this recipe
. The pink just came from the fact I had a bag of pink and white marshmallows, and it was perfect! I then used some plain white ones to make the white, and the browny orange. I'd left the pink in the fridge for a week, the white only a day, and the pink was much easier to work with. My template worked quite well for cutting out fondant, but it stretched as I moved it on to the cake. Not sure how to avoid that, I'm going to have to make more cakes, to work it out aren't I? The tail and feet are just one layer of cake, the rest is two sandwiched together. Details I painted on afterwards. I'm very proud of the flower. :-) Anyway, enough yak - the cake:
I must have done OK, as Milly recognised it as De Li, and Olly (2) who was also at the party said "Wah- bull- oooh!" and also that it was brilliant. Which made me happy. :-) And all the kids, and adults, ate their slice and said it was nice.
The trouble with shaped cake is that you end up with a lot of unappetising looking cut-offs. I also had a fair bit of fondant left. So I took a leaf out of Bakerella's
book, and crumbed the cake, mixed it with buttercream, froze and shaped it, and coated it with fondant.