Gastronomically Terrific

July 13, 2014

Baby in a pram party cake

Filed under: Cake — Tags: , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 7:15 pm

Whole pram CULast Christmas, my mum bought me Debbie Brown’s “50 Easy Party Cakes”, which I had seen on display and decided might be a good book if I ever wanted to decorate a fancy cake.

Well, I decided this weekend was my chance. We had a group of friends we don’t see very often visiting for a barbeque, and one family had just had a baby boy. So I figured a “Baby in a pram” cake was a good choice – and it didn’t look too difficult to do.

The actual cake wasn’t that hard to make – the toughest part was ensuring it was cooked all the way through as it was so much bigger than a normal cake I would make; and bowl shaped, which is also a bit different to normal. The real challenge came with decorating the cake – as I knew it would.

The hardest parts were, unfortunately, the first things I needed to do. That wBaby face and teddy face in pram CUas covering the cake board with a thin layer of sugar paste, and covering the cake with sugar paste to create the pram. The cake board worked out OK, but there were quite a lot more bumps in the pram than I would have liked. However, I think I did a better job of the other parts. I made a pillow, a teddy bear face, a baby’s face, a blanket and a hood to the top of the pram. The baby’s face took two attempts but worked out OK. I was especially proud of the teddy bear! I then added a liquorice stick and wheels for the wheels and handle of the pram. Finally, hubby and I stuck small circles of icing on to the pram, which we used to cover up the worst of the cracks and bumps.

Overall, I was fairly proud of the cake – most people made positive comments, and almost everybody had a slice and finished it. Which I hope means they enjoyed it and weren’t just being polite about it! I don’t think it was bad for a first effort and would attempt something similar again – when I have time. I took one evening to bake the cake, one to cut it up and sort the buttercream out, and another 2 hours on the final evening to actually decorate the cake. I knew that would be the case so it was fine, but this isn’t something I would be willing to attempt when feeling stretched for time!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Debbie Brown’s 50 Easy Party Cakes, pg. 64-5

 

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