Smurf Garden Cake

Smurf Gaden Cake

Smurf Gaden Cake

This is one of my birthday cakes that my husband made in 2013. I have been going through my pictures I had put aside for blogging and this came up. We had fun making this cake. He is not a decorator. He can bake. The decorating is normally passed on to me.

I asked for a Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese boiled icing. Now, one of my earlier posts has a Red Velvet Cheesecake and the recipe calls for 1/4 cup red food colour. This recipe relies mostly on the reaction between baking soda (bi carb) and cocoa powder and only requires 6 drops of colour. The book has a Beet Red Velvet Cake variation where beetroot is required instead of food colour.

The cake recipe is from A World of Cake by Krystina Castella. We tried to make the Cream Cheese boiled icing but the mixture split so we used chocolate frosting from Betty Crocker.

Red Velvet Cake as shown in the recipe book

Red Velvet Cake as shown in the recipe book

Some of the toys are from McDonalds Happy meal that could be bought separately for $2 each. The green grass is grated Wilton’s green melts. The logs all round are Cadbury Flake. The smaller smurf is standing on a Cadbury Crispello. The mushrooms and the scattered green leaves are made of marshmallow fondant.

Papa Smurf

Papa Smurf

Vexy

Vexy

The cake was delicious. My girls loved it.

Princess Dora

Princess Dora Cake

It was that time of the year again. Yep Little M’s birthday. Being one of the most indecisive people in the household at least, I left it all to the little girl to decide what character she wanted this year. She decided on Dora and Boots. Easy enough except, there are tons of birthday cake ideas out there for Dora and Boots.

I have a new baby this year so I wanted it easy. Easiest would have been not to bake and buy a beautifully decorated Dora cake and pay a good sum of money for it and feel guilty afterwards that I did not do it for her this year. Remember, this all started because of her 1st birthday.

Anyways, I went to the cake shop to buy an undecorated white mud. Normally they only require 2 days notice BUT it just happens that this year, around little girl’s birthday we had lots of rain and flood in some parts. The baker for this particular cake shop was flooded in.

So I got depressed and resigned to the fact that I may just have to bake but then decided to call the Cheesecake Shop, Browns Plains. The girl said she would need to see when their cakes are baked and call back. Good news was that I could pick up a white mud cake covered in white chocolate ganache on Friday morning. That was perfect, I would not have to seal the crumbs then.

So we brought the cake home, I rolled out the purple fondant (pre-made this time that I purchased from Spotlight) and made green grass. The Dora princess was a Deco set made by Deco Pac. It is a discontinued item now but I was able to get it from Pinkfrosting.com.au. Princess Dora needs a pony (or maybe 4 for a 4th birthday). I suppose I was lucky enough to sight this pack of horse candle holders in pink and purple, Little M’s favourite colours, at Spotlight as well. Birthday girl could not wait to cut the cake.

Time of reckoning. We sang happy birthday, blew the candles and cut the cake – lo and behold the thing was uncooked in the center. How can the top cook and the rest remain uncooked?

Undercooked cake

I emailed Cheesecake Shop and after a while received a reply from the manager there. Was asked to describe what I meant by RAW cake and promised a voucher on my door step by Friday that week. It arrived 2 weeks later.

Lesson learnt, I shall bake my own cakes now. At least little girl was happy with her cupcakes to take to childcare but that is another post.

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