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Help! I've been tasked with making a platypus cake by DS

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MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 13:34:39

How the heck do I get the shape?

Shall I bake a loaf cake and a round cake and attempt some kind of cut and shut job?

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AjasLipstick Tue 17-Jul-18 13:41:59

Have you google imaged "Platypus cake"?

I have and the results are NOT promising. There's not one good one out there!

I'd convince the child to have a different cake! Or I'd make a round cake, decorate it to look like a pond...and pop a plastic platypus on top!

ThePricklySheep Tue 17-Jul-18 13:44:06

I’d do two circles and cut. You need a template first.

MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 13:46:35

Google indeed is very disappointing...

I looked for a cake topper and all I could find were platypuses in love for wedding cakes - wtf?

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MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 13:47:38

We've got a toy platypus, I could use that as a sort of template...

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SherbertDip Tue 17-Jul-18 13:47:56

Check out "platypus birthday cakes" on Pinterest some great cakes on there

Imchlibob Tue 17-Jul-18 13:49:33

I would just focus on a head sticking out of water - much easier.

A round flat cake with blue icing for water and some green fondant water weeds.

A small second cake in a Pyrex pudding bowl for the head, iced with brown chocolate butter icing and use a fork for a fur effect. Then you just need to craft a duck-bill shape to attach to the front. For carving fiddly shapes like this I recommend buying a madeira cake and chilling it - it's a dense structure that holds its shape well when carved. You'd end up discarding most of the loaf but you can use the unneeded pieces for a trifle.

MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 14:10:31

Chocolate buttercream - check
Black fondant for bill and feet - check
Round cake tins - check
I'll buy a Madeira cake as back up but I'd prefer to bake my own. That ways even if it looks terrible it'll still taste delicious!

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Iwasjustabouttosaythat Tue 17-Jul-18 14:11:56

Are you going to use chocolate flakes for it’s fur? smile

MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 14:19:37

Ooh maybe....I like the idea of buying lots of flakes and just eating them..

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MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 14:20:40

So...best chocolate cake recipes. Do any of you have a fail safe go to recipe I can pinch please?

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PerfectlySymmetricalButtocks Tue 17-Jul-18 14:20:42

Good luck! shock

MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 14:24:25

I'll post a picture if you all pro is not to send it to nailedit.com grin

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MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Tue 17-Jul-18 14:25:15

Thanks! flowers

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Should1stayorshould1go Tue 17-Jul-18 15:07:50

but a platypus has a sort of cobbled together/designed by comittee look anyway, so probably will adapt well to cake

Imchlibob Tue 17-Jul-18 22:58:52

I recommend the "inmates cake" recipe in the Green & Black's recipe book - it's good and dense so holds shape well.

Do you or a friend have the book? Practically every kitchen I have ever been in has it but I don't know if it's universal.

MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Wed 18-Jul-18 11:05:31

Thanks. I don't have the book but a quick Google search helped me find a link to it on another Mumsnet thread!

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twinkletoedelephant Wed 18-Jul-18 11:57:43

Google Perry the platypus cakes ;)

My twins were VERY into phinies and Ferb and both had cuddly perrys

MyMuffLooksLikeABeard Wed 18-Jul-18 12:22:16

Perry is a no-go for us!

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