My First Two-Tier Cake

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Although I am constantly baking and cooking, it’s been a while since I’ve made a “proper” cake.  Actually it’s been about 7 months, and it was a cake I did for Hubby’s 40th birthday.

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Since then, I’ve been keen to get back into cake decorating, but life and toddler wrangling has kept me away.  Plus, I needed a big occasion to make one for.
So when I was having dinner at my next door neighbours house a few weeks back and she was talking about her son Jordan’s upcoming 1st birthday, I offered to do the birthday cake as my present for the birthday boy.  Inside I was getting all excited about cake decorating again, until Jordan’s older sister piped up and said “oh mum, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a little boy on top of the cake holding balloons!!!!”.  Oh Crap I thought.  I’d never done a figurine before…

So after a few YouTube tutorials and reading up my Planet Cake books, I made my first figurine.

ImageNot bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself 🙂

Initially, I had only planned to do a single tier cake.  But after I had made it, it just didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor.  So at the (nearly) last minute, well it was Thursday and the birthday party was Saturday, I decided to attempt make a second tier.  I also had reservations about the actual cake itself, as I usually use mud cakes for the decorated cakes as they are dense, can take the weight of decorations and tend to stay moist longer (I always brush each layer of cake with syrup anyway), but this time I changed recipes and used a “Devil’s Food Cake” recipe which was a little bit more ‘crumbly’ than the mud cakes and not as dense.  Luckily it all turned out alright.  One guest even said “it’s the best mud cake I’ve ever eaten”. Lol.  The top tier was devoured in seconds.

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I still can’t get the nice crisp edges on the corners, but for now, I think I’m happy to live with the rounded edges.

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Bubba’s 1st Birthday Cake

Edit: I haven’t been on my own blog for aaaaages, that I didn’t even realise I wrote this post and didn’t even post it. Doofus! I wrote this wrote this post in October (I think), last year…

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 14 months since my last blog post. So much has changed since that last post – construction on our house started and finished, we moved into our new house and most importantly I had a little Baby Boy in September 2011!!

Which brings me back to this post. A few weeks back my little Bubba turned one, and for his cake I decided to re-create his favourite tv character – Hoot the owl from Giggle and Hoot on ABC2. The kid just loves Hoot. If he’s in another part of the house when Giggle and Hoot comes on the tele, he’ll crawl/run in his walker to look at the tv.

I considered doing a 3D version of the cake, but I had quite a bit on, so I decided to make the cake just using 2 different sized round cakes and joining them together. The head was chocolate mud and the body was white chocolate mud. The recipe and decorating techniques of the cakes was from the Planet Cake (1st) book. In hindsight, I should’ve Googled other Hoot cakes before I did the decorating around the eyes and eyebrows, but I got so caught up in doing the cake, that I totally forgot and only remembered when the icing had already hardened and set onto the blue fondant icing.

I got quite a few compliments for the cake, but the best one was from my son – when he saw the cake before I finished it and he started to say “Hoo Hoo” just like he does when Hoot comes on the tv.

Now, time to start thinking about what to do for 2nd Birthday…

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