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Anyone attempting an elaborate birthday cake?

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GlumyGloomer · 25/02/2022 08:18

I'm a decent baker, I can make cakes that taste nice. Decorating though, I'm a total novice. Somehow though I'm determined to make my kids cakes myself (poor sods, lol), so currently planning a double tier unicorn head cake, with a sprinkle coated base.
Anyone else getting overly ambitious this year? Grin

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APurpleSquirrel · 29/06/2022 13:30

That looks great!
My DS actually agreed to a big themed birthday party so I didn't have to make a digger/combine harvester/Pokémon monstrosity!
I made a tree stump covered in bugs instead Grin
Everyone thought it was good but When asked the next day by his Key Worker what cake he'd had he couldn't remember! Angry

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GlumyGloomer · 29/06/2022 12:52

OK there's a million typos in that post 😅

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GlumyGloomer · 29/06/2022 12:50

*dd, not dad

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GlumyGloomer · 29/06/2022 12:49

Hi, just thought I'd update with the final twist in my cake saga.
I bought a painfully expensive (to me) unicorn cake, which was delivered the day before the party (dad's actual birthday). It looked great, but sadly the toddler came down with norovirus, so we had to cancel the party. The fancy cake was cut I to chunks and frozen. Dd decided that she didn't actually like I all that much, and wanted a cherry and almond cake like I made for Dh for her rescheduled (and much reduced) party. Dd and I also caught noro, and after serving that for a week, then scrubbing the house for the party the week after I managed to start the new cake but couldn't get it finished in time. So in the end dd had an m&s rainbow cake at her party, and a unicorn cake the day after when I finally had time. Will be sticking to supermarket cakes for future parties, at least until the kids are less clingy.

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ChocBloc · 28/04/2022 20:23

These are all too good!! My DC wants a sheep but I can't do piping so I'm stuck.

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GlumyGloomer · 28/04/2022 20:16

Thanks chubbachub and nokidshere
The piano looks awesome.
Sad end to my story as dd pronounced the trial cake not good enough and wants a shop one instead. I was gutted to be honest, but at least I won't be icing a cake at 10pm the night before the party. The final insult was that it was apparently not yummy enough, so there's my ego throughly bruised.

I remain in awe of all your excellent cakes. It was immensely hard work even for an imperfect version.

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chubbachub · 28/04/2022 14:53

@GlumyGloomer Your unicorn looks amazing! Well done!


Could anyone who is good at making these types of cakes give advice for how to smooth down the sides of the cake once I have laid down the fondant icing over it? I make my kids cakes and am ok but always seem to end up with a wrinkle in the fondant or its bumpy down the sides of the cake

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Aimee1987 · 28/04/2022 13:28

I love the decoration. Ita the one bit of 'art's I'm somewhat ok at.
Some years turn out better then others

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Greensleeves · 28/04/2022 13:21

Here are a few of mine, I only make them for friends and family but I love doing it

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nokidshere · 28/04/2022 13:05

It looks great @GlumyGloomer your child will love it 😁 and practice makes perfect, the next one will be easier.

I completed my piano and although I can see plenty of mistakes it's not too bad!

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GlumyGloomer · 27/04/2022 12:30

Sort of saved it, although my piping set broke (plastic plunger type, sandwich bags were too thin and split) so the mane is pretty scanty. Also discovered I do not have food dye. It has certainly been a learning experience.
Reminds me of the buggered hedgehog thread, hopefully I too shall triumph in the end 😂

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GlumyGloomer · 26/04/2022 22:28

Tonight I stacked the sponges and attempted the crumb coat. Oh my goodness it's fantastically bad! And I ran out of buttercream and was too tired to make any more. Not sure whether to forge on with a new batch of buttercream tomorrow or try to hide the multitude of sins under fondant instead. Advice welcome!
Oh, also the base tier is too thin, will up the quantities next time.

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GlumyGloomer · 25/04/2022 22:40

@nokidshere that shoe one is amazing! Definitely post the piano when it's done.
Loving all the cakes and still feeling totally out classed, lol. Practice cake will be attempted this week. The Unicorn head sponges are defrosting in the fridge, still have the base layer to bake. Tonight I decided to muck about with some Dr oetka coloured fondant (will use proper sugar paste for the real one but I foolishly only bought one pack). The eyes were tricky as I accidentally bought an embossing tool when I wanted a cutter. The horn was rather floppy, hopefully it'll dry nice and firm in the fridge. The rose tool was bought for last year's cake, but I didn't use it in the end so that was fun to play with. After previously saying I'd use fondant I'm now planning to butter cream the cake. Will post the cake when it's done.

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nokidshere · 22/04/2022 18:46

Last one

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nokidshere · 22/04/2022 18:46

One at a time? Really?

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nokidshere · 22/04/2022 18:45

Try again

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nokidshere · 22/04/2022 18:44

Hmm won't let me post them 🤷🏼‍♀️

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nokidshere · 22/04/2022 18:41

I'm a hobby baker and I love setting myself more and more challenges. I've made two already this week and two started ready for next week. I hate the mess but love the creating.

Pic 1 made for a friends 50th
Pic 2 made for a friends daughter
Pic 3 attempting to make tomorrow for a special,friend

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ChickinMarango · 31/03/2022 22:48

I’m a good baker but not when it comes to decoration. My cake maker cancelled a week before my daughters birthday so I decided to make it myself having never used fondant. It cracked in places and I had no idea how much fondant you actually need to cover a cake!

It tasted fab and looked great too (in my opinion!) It’s a Rapunzel (tangled) themed cake.

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Alwayswonderedwhy · 31/03/2022 22:25

@MarshmallowsOnToast that looks great. What food colouring did you use? It looks really vibrant.

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APurpleSquirrel · 31/03/2022 22:19

Very outing - but I like baking & decorating, I do it 3-4 times a year for DCs & DHs birthday's. Depending on the complexity it can be 2-3 days to bake & decorate. I enjoy it but do get stressed & DH has to take the children out whilst I'm doing it.
I hate fondant to eat, so avoid using it on my cakes, preferring buttercream.
This year DS wants a combine harvester/digger/Pokémon cake Hmm & DD hasn't decided yet.
Here are a few of my better ones.

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GlumyGloomer · 31/03/2022 21:40

This is my best previous effort. Not quite the same scale as this year's attempt...

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GlumyGloomer · 31/03/2022 21:38

Well, I must say you are all making me feel very inadequate with your spectacular cakes, lol.
Sadly I can't easily practice, time is such a premium, and also I should be eating less cake, not more. I am doing 1 practice run for this one though. Chocolate and vanilla sponges for the unicorn head are now in the freezer, so I just need to make the base and then I can try assembling it.
I do plan to make the horn etc in advance too.
@SpeckledlyHen thanks for the tips, I am planning to use fondant so will get a mat and smoother.

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waltzingparrot · 30/03/2022 20:33

@TheReigningLorelai

I made this for DS1's birthday because he could ONLY have a Minecraft cake!

Well done Lorelai. That looks fab - it must have been a real labour of love.
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TheChosenTwo · 29/03/2022 18:49

I’ve always made the dc their birthday cakes, I’m an alright baker, atrocious decorator, it’s always a laugh when the cake is presented! They don’t care, they like the thought that goes into them (actually they are nice enough kids than even if they did care they have always pretended convincingly enough that they love them).
Decent cake tins, line them, and an icing smoother for getting neat lines. Crumb coat if you care!
I don’t go in for the clumps of fondant decoration style so much, I don’t like it and it just turns a nice cake into a heavy sickly offering.

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