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Doctor Who Tardis Cake

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Hello!

Remember me? I’m that Irish girl who used to blog a lot and then abandoned it!!

No really I switched web address then my blog had a little meltdown but thanks to the lovely people behind the brain of wordpress, they got it working for me again.

Despite being really busy at work, I hope to start blogging more as I have really missed it.

Today I wanted to share with you a Tardis cake that I attempted to make.

I have never made a “standing up” cake before and let me tell you, it was every bit as hard as I imagined it to be.

For those of you who are used to decorating cakes, you will know that trying to get fondant to stand up is a difficult task. So even though this cake doesn’t really look too great or at all professional I am very happy with it because it did not fall apart as I was expecting it to.

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So sure, the sides are a bit wobbly and it’s not exactly proportionate but I tried my best and the birthday girl seemed to really like it so that’s all that matters, right?!

Any questions on how I made the cake are welcome!

– Bee

 

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Minnie Mouse Cake

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Perhaps it is my love of everything and anything disney-related or perhaps it was who I was making it for, but this Minnie Mouse cake was definitely one of my favourite cakes to make.

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Not including baking time, it took around 3-4 hours to decorate this cake.

Top Layer – Minnie Mouse Head

I began the night before by make the top layer, or the Minnie Mouse head if you will.

For this, I didn’t actually have a cake tin in a sphere shape so I actually took a regular bowl, greased it with margarine, and lined it with baking (grease-proof) paper. Then I made Rice Krispie treats (the recipe of which I found on the Rice Krispie website if anyone is interested). Then came the difficult task of getting the Rice Krispie treats into the bowl without getting myself covered with the sticky mess left by the marshmallows.

Tip: Use a piece of baking paper to press down the Rice Krispie treats into the bowl. This will save your hands for getting sticky and is easier to work with.

You really have to press down on the Rice Krispie treats if you want a good spherical shape. Once this was done, I left it in the fridge overnight to set.

The next morning, I melted some regular cooking chocolate, let it cool for a minute or two, then using a brush, poured it over the Rice Krispie treats (obviously removing the baking paper first). The purpose of this was to smooth the surface so all the lumps and bumps wouldn’t appear through the fondant.

Next I rolled out some black fondant and covered my Minnie Mouse head with it. Then I cut two circles out for the ears, mixing tylo powder into the black fondant (this ensures the fondant to become tougher and will stand up by itself). Once these circles dried out a bit, I stuck a toothpick into each ear, then stuck them into the fondant covered Rice Krispie treats. Once again the toothpicks were just to ensure the ears would stand up and not fall over.

Last component of this layer was Minnie Mouse’s bow. I found out while making this cake that making bows is quite a difficult task. After playing around with a few different techniques I finally found a way that worked. Once the bow was finished I glued it to the ears and my top layer was complete.

Pink and White Tiers

The pink-polka dotted layer, and the white Minnie Mouse heads layer you can see in the photo are both tiers of cake. These layers were quite simple to make, especially the pink polka dots. All I did was rolled out pink fondant, covered the cake, then cut out white circles and glued them on.

Same principle for the white layer, rolled out white fondant, covered the cake then stuck on some Minnie Mouse heads and the lettering for the name. People kept asking me did I have bow cutters for the bows on all the Minnie Mouse heads on this layer but no, that was all hand cut with nothing but a knife, so it took quite some time. You can though purchase some bow moulds/cutters which will save you a lot of time if you don’t have the patience!

To add a little extra fun to the cake I actually covered the Minnie Mouse heads with glitter and it came out really nice and was a simple yet really nice extra touch to the cake.

Finally to finish off the edges of the cake, I made a pearl-beading effect out of a mould I have. Again it was quite simple but gave a really nice finishing touch to the cake.

So that is how I made this cake. The cake itself went down really well, especially with the little girls who loved picking the Minnie Mouse heads of the white tier and eating them!

Hope this was somewhat helpful if any of you have a Minnie Mouse cake to make in the future!

– Bee

Mickey and Minnie Mouse | Cake Decorating Demonstration

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Greetings!

Yesterday I travelled to a cake decorating shop in the middle of the country to see a demonstration on Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake, cupcakes, and cookie pops.

I had never been to said shop before because I don’t live anywhere near it, but on first impression I was very impressed. The demonstration took place in the middle of the shop and lasted for 2 hours.

Our demonstrator, who was actually American, was so nice and very helpful. She began by showing us how to make Mickey and Minnie Mouse cupcake toppers. Basically she cut out three different circles out of black fondant; one big circle for the head, and two smaller ones for the ears, and using edible food glue, stuck them together.

She then proceeded to show us different ways to decorate these mice, by adding a glittery bow for Minnie or even suspenders for Mickey.

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The cupcake decorating aspect of this demo lasted about an hour, and she then moved on to show us how to make cookie pops. Now normally people make cake pops which is basically cake crumbs mixed with buttercream icing and rolled in a ball and covered in chocolate. Now, I don’t now about you, but in my opinion this is a complete waste of time. The amount of time you spend making and decorating a cake pop seems really ridiculous considering they are eaten in about 5 seconds. So what our demonstrator said she likes doing is making cookie pops, (which are basically a cookie on a stick but apparently kids love anything they can hold on a stick, so if you have children, I recommend you popping your cookies on a stick, but really it isn’t all that necessary!)

To make the cookie pops, she made the cookie dough, cut out the shape which in this case was Mickey Mouse, pop the stick in and bake it. Then once it has cooled, pop a bit of nutella, or buttercream, or even food glue on to the cookie and then place rolled out fondant on top. Not only can you do lots of different designs which look really good, but they also taste amazing.

Below is a picture of all the cupcakes made at this demo, and also on top you can see the cookie pops that were made also!

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Our demonstrator was nice enough to give us her recipe for the cookies so I thought I too would share (try them out they are really good!).

 

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup un-sweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (I didn’t have this so I used vanilla essence and it came out perfect!)

Method:

  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
  • In a seperate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Whisk eggs and vanilla together, fold into butter mix.
  • Use dough hooks and slowly add flour mix to butter mix.
  • Cool the dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until firm.
  • Bake at 180°C/350°F for 10 minutes (15mins if you didn’t pre-heat your oven)

 

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The final thing the demonstrator made was a pull apart Mickey Mouse cake. This is basically a cake that is made from lots of cupcakes placed side by side and cover the entire thing in either buttercream or fondant as if you were covering a cake. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of this but if you google images of ‘Mickey Mouse pull-apart cake’ you get the idea.

Overall I’m really happy I went, and I am looking forward to going make for more demos soon.

– Bee