It was my sister in law’s sister’s birthday party and it wasn’t just any old birthday party, it was to celebrate her turning 40 so a super duper cake was required. We had a chat about themes and ideas and my sister in law suggested The Twits as that was the birthday girl’s favourite book as a child. Without any hesitation I jumped on this idea as it sounded like so much fun to make.
The party was a surprise, so in secret we swapped messages as we both did a little research and remembered how fantastic the book is with so many fabulous things in it that we could include on the cake.
I baked a square 8″ lemon sponge and shaped it into a rectangle so it was now a book shape. I ordered some printing from eat my face who are super quick and efficient at edible printing, this was to be used as the book cover. I haven’t used rice paper for this type of edible printing before as I have always had the printing done on fondant. It is good to experiment and I was keen to see how it worked. If doing it again I would probably choose a book cover to be printed on icing as the rice paper has a tendency to curl up slightly at the edges, so doesn’t want to lie flat. To combat it’s desire to curl I made a thin border out of strips of icing to frame the printed rice paper sheet and keep it in place.
I baked a 6″ lemon sponge cake which came out with a slight dome where it had risen – this was the perfect shape for a pie, I didn’t have to do anything to it other than slice it to layer it with buttercream. I then covered it in coloured icing, which I then painted with liquid brown food colouring to give texture and colour. I crimped the edges using a crimper tool. I made birds legs from flower paste and left them to go hard overnight. I then made a few holes in the top of the pie and slotted the legs into place – this created a fabulous Roly-Poly bird pie which I then placed on the board next to the book.
This cake was so much fun to make and the birthday girl loved it. I wasn’t there when she cut into it, but I had requested they got a photo of her eating the pie!!