A few weeks ago now it was my lovely little niece’s first birthday so of course she had to have a party to celebrate but most importantly cake!
Not only did the birthday girl have a shop bought cake with her face all over it, she also had to have a cake to be cut for guests at her party.
Of course I volunteered myself for the job as I haven’t had the opportunity to work with fondant for a while or make a birthday cake for that matter. This definitely showed with the final product!
Deciding on what shape/style cake to go with fit for the party princess wasn’t that difficult because which one year old doesn’t like peppa pig?
The cake itself was only a basic sponge mix,
which consisted of :
6oz Caster sugar
6oz self raising flour
Few drops of vanilla extract
- Cream butter & sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour a little at a time with each egg, stirring gently.
- Lightly fold in extract, then place in tin and bake at 180 degrees Celsius fan oven for between 20-30 minutes.
- You’ll know the cake is baked when it springs back with a gently touch, it starts to shrink from sides of the tin & is golden brown in colour.
Once the cake has completely cooled you can remove it from tin and set aside to cut into the desired shape in this cake a pig called peppa. The best way to do this is with a stencil which I found online here:peppa pig cake stencil
Although I drew mine free hand on paper based on this design, a printed version would be easier for any novice cake maker. Unfortunately I don’t own a printer! I cut the shapes out and placed the eyes etc on the side to use later for the sugarpaste detailing.
Then carefully place the stencil on the cake and cut around it with a sharp knife to create peppa’s face. Do what you like with the left over sponge pieces they would make a lovely trifle base or even cut into shapes, decorate with icing for something fancy 😜 failing all that do what I did and just eat them!! Life’s too short after all to leave cake hanging around for too long.
Once you have your pig face cake shape don’t do what I did and coat with jam instead cut in half and fill with preserve instead. This way your sugarpaste decortion won’t melt all over the place later on, doh! Won’t be making that mistake again unless it’s a Christmas cake or something dense&fruity. I will be remembering to put the tragacanth in my fondant too so the sugarpaste is easier to work with that was another rookie mistake of mine. Cover with your pink coloured fondant icing removing any air bubbles by firmly smoothing it onto the sponge.
The fun part is making peppa pigs cheeky face features & cake board decoration and sticking them on with sugar glue.
Overall I’m pleased with how the birthday cake turned out considering all the mistakes I made, wish me better luck next time.
I’m just pleased the cake actually resembled Peppa pig and my niece loved it aswell as her wonderfully special birthday 🐷👑🎂🎁🎉
Have an oinking time baking even if you do end up with a pig sty to tidy up afterwards 🐽
Pot belly Kelly