We have just returned from a lovely little birthday party, and so it's time to clean the kitchen and blog about the cake - but just not in that order!
|With the Lazy Daisy cupcakes from my previous post|
My friend - whose daughter was the birthday girl - has just recently had a baby, so I offered to make the cake for her knowing that would be one less thing for her to worry about. Secretly, I was going through withdrawal knowing that it would be April before I needed to make another cake for one of my own kids!
The birthday girl loves the BBC show "In the Night Garden", and especially Upsy Daisy, so a theme wasn't difficult to choose. I took some inspiration from this image I found online, but decided to modify the design somewhat to suit the materials I had available. It bought back quite a few memories really - In the Night Garden was the first TV show Miss S ever watched, and my first experience of watching children's TV since I was a kid.
The cake was a 20cm white layer cake (recipe is linked to on my post about the Hello Kitty Cake) in three layers with vanilla buttercream between each layer. The board was 25cm (only size I could get) so I pushed the cake to the back of the board - rather than centering it - to leave room for the lettering and the flower decorations at the front.
Upsy Daisy took me two and a half hours to model, and there were many moments where I almost gave up as she is quite an intricate character featuring many colours, stripes and small details. I'm glad I stuck with it though, as I learned a lot from her. I didn't have a 3d model to refer to (normally I would use a doll or 3D toy), but found a good picture on the internet to work from.
|The leaves were made by rolling gumpaste super-thin and then cutting out circles using a piping nozzle. I then used the same nozzle to "slice" off the leaf shapes - I was able to get 3 leaves from one little circle.|
All the decorations are made from gumpaste, except the rocks behind Upsy Daisy, which are fondant. I felt that I had probably watched enough of In the Night Garden over the years to feel comfortable making some decorations that reflected the programme's aethestic! I finished it off with a good spray of edible shellac, which I just love because it really brings the cake alive and helps cover some of the rough spots and dusty icing sugar on the surface.
That reminds me, I have a slice of cake in a take-home bag that's calling my name... Cup of tea time I think, the mucky kitchen can wait.