My second cake for twin boys (a different pair though)! When their mum approached me saying she wanted a Mike the Knight cake for her boys, one in red and one in blue with their matching names on the cake, I had to Google what Mike the Knight was! I'm so out of the loop with kids' cartoons these days (who remembers Thundercats, He-man, She-ra, Superted and Astroboy? yes well that was more my era haha)
|Forgot their little badges, but this pic is less washed out than the next|
It was only a little cake to serve 10, so I tried to put most of my effort into the figurines and a clean finish on the cake. She wanted chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream. The chocolate cake recipe I used was the same as the one in my previous lawnmowing cake and for the buttercream I simply pureed and strained a couple of handfuls of frozen raspberries and whipped that into some butter and icing sugar. Such a great combination - the icing sugar offsets some of the tartness of the raspberries and marries nicely with the fudgey chocolate cake.
|I feel like I put the & symbol on back to front but I'm not sure. Ever get that? When you look at something you've seen a million times and second-guess yourself as to whether it's right?|
Speaking of fondant, I had run out of red, so I went to buy some more (I prefer to use a premixed red to get a deeper colour without the hassle and effort of kneading tubs of red gel colouring into white) and thought I'd give Mondo Cherry (described on the front of the tub as 'dark red') a go. It smells like cherry, but in truth it's far more pink than red. Very disappointing!!
Anyway, it all seemed to come together in the end, though it seemed to take the better part of a whole day (seriously, where does the time go?!). The figurines took a lot longer than I expected but I think they're 'close enough good enough', esp for 2 year olds! The helms were a little stressful for me at first, but I ended up using various sizes of Wilton flat piping tips (eg No. 45) to cut the holes out, and I used this tutorial (which I love) for the number 2.
The message I got from mum read:
Thanks so much jacelyn its amazing u are so so clever how do u do it?? ... You should be very proud its brilliant cant wait 2 show everyone 2day!!
|The little guy himself|