I have always enjoyed baking but never really been interested in decorating cakes. It isn’t something that I have attempted often as I don’t feel that I have the skill for it.
It is my husband’s birthday today and I wanted to make him a special cake. He wanted a red velvet cake – a cake that I have never made before so that was a challenge in itself and I’m still not sure about the outcome!
We both enjoy watching Wallace and Gromit, in fact we had the theme tune played when we were welcomed into our wedding reception! – So there was my idea for his birthday cake..a Gromit cake!
I didn’t bother trying to find instructions to make a cake like this, I just had an idea in my head (not sure that is the best way to try to make something look good)!
I knew I wanted to different sized circles so used two different size cake tins to bake with. I followed a recipe for a red velvet cake, however the red food colouring I bought was heat sensitive so it faded in the oven, and the result was a brown cake!
After the cakes were cooked and cooled, I cut a section out of one of the circles so that the two cakes slotted together (with the help of a little jam) to make Gromit’s face. I then used the cut out section to make the ears.
The decorating part…… I found a recipe to make a cream cheese frosting and added some cocoa powder to it to get the colour that I wanted, I then spread this over the cake and was quite pleased with the result. The nose was easy – I bought a packet of chocolate mallow cakes, I removed the foil from one and popped it on the cake. The eyes were tricky, I had bought white chocolate buttons but they seemed too small so I had to be inventive! There was more cake leftover from making the ears, I cut too little circles out and poured melted white chocolate on them. I then stuck a chocolate button on top and used some black icing to make the pupils
It isn’t the best looking cake, I think perhaps the moral is to follow a recipe for shaping and decorating cakes. I am quite pleased with it though for my first attempt and hope that my husband will be when he sees it tonight!