Family birthday cakes are always lots of fun as I get to design them and play around with tins and techniques. For my nephew’s birthday this year we were off to Lego Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre so we had the themed planned already – Lego!
I did some research on the internet looking at ideas and narrowed it down to two designs; either Lego blocks stacked up with a Lego man on the board or a cake that looked like it was made up of lots of little Lego bricks with the icing peeled back to show a section.
I decided to go with the Lego blocks stacked as I really wanted to make a large Lego man with Luke written across his chest where it would normally say Lego.
I baked an 8” square vanilla sponge cake and cut it into 9 smaller blocks. Each block of cake was covered in buttercream and then coloured icing, I used 9 different colours including chocolate flavoured brown icing which is made by Renshaw. I had picked up a block when we visited the Cake International show in Birmingham and as Luke loves chocolate it was perfect for his cake.
I then used a circle cutter to cut out lots of coloured circles to make the top of the bricks and stuck them in place. To add to the design I also covered the board in green icing and stuck green circles all over it to make it look like a Lego Board. The finishing touch was a Lego man made out of icing mixed with a little Tylo powder to help keep him sturdy.
The other Birthday cake due was for my sister in law and we often like to go for 80’s and 90’s children’s TV themes and have so far made rainbow bright and button moon cakes. This year it was to be Care Bears. I was keen to use my bear tin again as I have only used it a few times and I need to practice more with the design and piping of it. I baked the Bear using the Wilton tin and took to it with a knife to carve it a little to try and make it look more like a Care Bear. I struggled with this as I didn’t want to cut off too much cake and as you bake the Bear with a central core inside it, when I started carving around its face I soon cut through to the hollow section and was then concerned the Bear may cave if I took too much away!
It was definitely the best bake I had done so far. I have now confirmed the tin requires a mixture equal to the 8” square mixture I use. This bear had full feet rather than the previous bears I had baked that were missing part of their feet, legs and bottom!
I decided to do Good Luck Bear with my sister in law being Irish and with it being the start of a new year it felt like a good choice. I rolled out white icing and cut out the tummy section and the eyes and put them in place and then cut out a shamrock and glued that onto the white tummy piece. I have found it is easier to do these sections first, before piping. I then piped green buttercream all over the bear using a large grass piping tip. I added a little extra buttercream to his cheeks to try to shape his face more like a Care Bear.
I am now happy I could do a good cake using my bear tin, however I feel my Care Bears may need a little more work on shape. Practice is required on carving the bear’s shape and layers of piped buttercream, especially around the head area.