Mike the Knight birthday cake with Squirt Sparkie and Galahad

 mike the knight 5th birthday cake for Tom2

I had not seen an episode of Mike the Knight when this cake was first discussed and was not quite sure what I was letting myself in for! We did a little google research and decided on a model of Mike and the 2 dragons, Mike’s horse was mentioned but the idea of making a horse out of modelling was a tad scary so he was left out.  I then headed home, found the next episode due on TV and set it to record.  After watching my first ever episode I thought it was brill and I also thought that we really needed to include Galahad the horse in the modelling as throughout the program, wherever Mike and the dragons went, Galahad was with them.

I had lots of cakes on and lots of modelling to do so I set up camp at the dinning room table with all my cake stuff and spent the whole weekend modelling things out of icing!  After spending the past year or so trying to master modelling that was completely edible I have now made a U-Turn and decided to go with structure and stability.  I have decided it is far more important to ensure the model is sturdy, will last the duration and look the part. Many people keep the models as keepsakes and it leaves them free to enjoy eating the cake.

I started with the horse and used wooden kebab skewers to structure his legs and placed him on a piece of green icing that had some tylo powder in and some flower paste to ensure it kept firm.

I had so much fun making these models and I was really happy with how they turned out.  The cake was a lot of fun to make and turned out fab and the models stayed in place, with no arms or legs falling off yeay!  I will never return to all edible models now, but will always ensure I let them know they are not for eating.

All gone, with only the models left standing!
All gone, with only the models left standing!

A rather random birthday cake – Zombies, a Smurf and an Oven!

Last week was back to work and 4 cakes to do, after a week off working on the Hours of Fun shop website.  Preparation had already begun for this mission and on Sunday night I sat down and prepared a detailed to do list for each evening of the week.  Cakes 1 and 2 were due to be made and ready for delivery by Wednesday night, these were Justin Bieber and the Make Up cake.  By bed time Wednesday the cakes were boxed and ready to go but I was a little behind on my modelling for cake 3 which was not good.  Thursday night would allow very little cake time as we had a road trip up to Blackpool so panic was starting to set in.  I then received some excellent news on Thursday at work, that cake 4 was now delayed by a week – bonus!!  This still left me with lots to do for cake 3.

Cake 3 was for a super exciting 40th birthday party for our friend Karen, who by the way does not look anywhere near 40!   The cake was designed by Gary, who as Karen’s boyfriend knows her well.  We decided on a cake decorated with things associated with Karen and started a list that included – star-gazer lilies and flowers, a smurf, shopping bags, high heels, zombies, Iron Man and an oven.  This cake had officially become the most random cake I had done so far!  I had no idea what it would turn out like and kept my fingers crossed!

We had designed the cake with a round tier sat on top a square tier with each tier taking on a theme – 1 was to be pretty and girly and the other was to be darker with zombies.  When sketching it out I realised it would look better if the tiers were separated and this allowed me to try something new by using a support block to sit the top-tier on.  It would help separate the randomness of the models a little and make it look more spectacular on display.

The cake turned out really well and although it had been challenge and time had become a concern, I was happy with the final look.  The 2 tiers sat well together and the separation of them gave it more height and presence.  The top-tier was sturdy and everything stayed in place as intended.  I had enjoyed making the flowers so much, they are definitely my favourite thing do to when decorating a cake.  I find it very relaxing and therapeutic.  On the friday night it was becoming too much when I had a buttercream disaster (I am fast falling out of friends with buttercream!).  I then sat down and started making flowers and within minutes I was calm again.

The bottom tier had a few leaning issues going on with the zombies.  Luckily however it is absolutely fine to let the zombies have a little lean as Zombies are all wonky and odd-looking.  I enjoyed making them as is didn’t matter if their arms were different lengths or their ears were wonky as they were Zombies – brilliant!

Happy Birthday Karen, hope you have a super duper smashing birthday.