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Alex the Lion

Alex the Lion

Alex, Aidan’s favourite character from his favourite film Madagascar. This turned out well. It helps that Alex’s head shape lends itself to being cut from a square cake. It’s covered in a thin layer of yellow icing, then the 3D part of the face is moulded in one chunk and stuck on with water. The mane is coloured with a brown food colour pen to get the individual hairs and the brown detail of the face is painted on with food colouring.

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Marty the Zebra

Marty the Zebra

Marty from Aidan’s favourite film Madagascar. This was a tricky one, it’s quite difficult to actually work out what shape Marty’s head is supposed to be, I think it’s almost a pyramid. The cake ended up a sort of shoe/boot/car shape but the biggest problem with it is the icing. I covered it in white and then added flattened sausages of black for the stripes. If I was doing it again (which I’m planning to avoid) I would paint the stripes on with food colour.

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Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Liam aged 6 mark II. I was pleased with this one. It doesn’t look as impressive as a 3D cake but Scooby’s dimensions don’t really lend themselves to it so a round cake iced in Mystery Machine colours with orange paw prints (I forgot to colour them before taking the photo) instead of flowers worked much better. Scooby’s head is chocolate fondant cut out freehand with a knife.

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Ghost

Ghost

This would be a good point to mention that there are generally two cakes per child per year. One for the party with friends and one on the actual birthday. So the ghost was for Liam’s 6th birthday on the day. This looks quite good in the photo but is the cake I had in mind when I mentioned falling over in my first post. It is propped up with serious amounts of offcuts which comes of playing fast and loose with cake tin sizes. This was a very simple design. 1. Bake square cake plus cake in small pudding basin for head 2. Trim shoulders and stick head on 3. Drape with circle of fondant icing. BUT. The recipe called for a 7″ tin, I didn’t have one and used 8″ which meant the cake was taller and thinner. Ghosts are unfortunately far less spooky when they overbalance every 5 minutes!

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Upsy Daisy

Upsy Daisy

Aidan’s 2nd birthday. Hmm. Not happy with this one. It was difficult due to the odd whatever it is. Hair? Strange hat? Also the colour is a bit odd which is the main lesson here. Life may well be too short to colour sugarpaste but sometimes, just sometimes there really is no choice. This would have been far better if I hadn’t relied on the choice of pre coloured icing.