Sometimes different events collide and help create something better. The way Angelina’s birthday cake together was a bit like that.
We’d postponed Angelina’s party a couple of weeks as we had such a hectic April.
She asked for a sleepover party, I put a twist on it and suggested a camping sleepover party. She was ecstatic, even though this meant she could only invite 4 friends.
As the birthday party details were cementing I was challenged by FloridaTix (probably after they saw my easy, pink princess castle cake) to create a cake for their 10th anniversary. This challenge came in the form of a FloridaTix anniversary Bake off between 10 other bloggers. I accepted the challenge, knowing it would make me more creative with Angelina’s cake.
I vacillated about the theme and the implementation for a couple of weeks… and finally the idea was born.
It was to be a beach-side camping cake!
The reason is simple:
1, Angelina loves these two things- camping and the beach- and the bake off cake also doubles as her birthday cake
2, If we were to go to Florida and take advantage of all the deals FloridaTix have on attractions, we’d be so exhausted we’d just want to camp out at the beach for a couple of days relaxing before we returned home. 😀
Those with an eagle eye may spot the curiosity of the crocodile (or in this case an alligator) on the cake in some murkier looking waters. An alligator was my way of pinpointing the location to Florida. I did want to add some flamingos too, but ran out of time. 🙁
So on Saturday morning I set about making the cake.
I made two mixes: a Madeira cake mix from Wright’s (I love their mixes!) and a sponge cake. (full recipe and detailed instructions to follow)
The Madeira cake mix was split between two moulds for baking so I’d have the height needed for a tent.
The sponge cake was just going to be the landscape, so I baked it in a my biggest baking tray.
My frosting was cream cheese mixed with castor sugar (I prefer it over buttercream, as it’s lighter and gives the cakes a lovely squishy moist coating. It also has more flavour.).
For the grass I added green colouring to the frosting
For the sea I added blue food colouring
I also added some Belgian chocolate seashells under the sand and the sea for some interest
For the sand I crushed digestive biscuits and sprinkled that over the white frosting mix
The river is a mix of blue and green
The dolphin (or Orca… whichever you think it is) is made of coloured marzipan, as is the alligator. It’s a bot like playing with playdough to make your shapes, just a bit more sticky and delicious.
The Madeira cake, carved to a triangular tent shape (not that even I’ve stayed in one of those triangular tents for donkey’s years) was covered by melted Yolli.
This stuff was new to me too: it’s like working with chocolate- you melt it over steam and smear it on like melted chocolate.
It’s great to work with and I liked the fact it’s coloured. The flavour is like white chocolate.
I then drapped coloured marzipan over the tent to give a bit more canvas look. The front propped up but 3 cocktail sticks.
The people poking their heads out of the tent were made from marzipan too. (I prefer marzipan over fondant, because it’s much nicer to eat it.)
I made this with melted Yolli and some cocktail sticks. (I used FloridaTix colours for the parasol… and these are also the colours for another upcoming adventure of ours. Possibly a BIG one. Curious? Stay tuned.)
So Happy 8th Birthday Angelina!
And a very Happy 10th Anniversary FloridaTix!
Do you know what?
Some cakes just don’t live up to their looks in taste.
Well, I can happily say this one was absolutely delicious!
The kids devoured it, especially enjoying the marzipan figures and the hidden chocolate seashealls. (Sorry FloridaTix, I only have a small slice left if you need a flavour test too!)
Now I’m curious what the others have created for the Bake Off.
What’s the most creative cake you’ve made?
Thank you to FloridaTix for throwing down the gauntlet for the Bake Off and sending me a couple of the ingredients I used. I would never have come across Yolli otherwise and now need more in my store cupboard! I wish all that entered good luck.