A Surprise Delivery

Nearly every family or friend parties I’ve been to recently have been surprise parties. A good friend’s 30th back in September, a great uncle’s 90th last weekend and a cousin’s baby shower yesterday. Family & friends reading this just remember although I have a significant birthday coming up I don’t like surprises as it means I’m not given the opportunity to go clothes shopping for the event! Before yesterday I hadn’t been to a Baby Shower so wasn’t quite sure what to expect but decided I couldn’t go wrong if I turned up with cake and this was a perfect opportunity to try out a cake I’d seen in Planet Cake.

I was given a copy of Planet Cake at Christmas and fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I love the way it is set out and the designs that feature in it. I’m not a total beginner in cake making and decorating but wanted a bit of professional guidance and have found this book perfect for that. I like that this book tells you the exact quantities of icing you’ll need. Something before I wouldn’t have had a clue about. The tip about using piping nozzles for marking the icing, in this case the eyes and mouth, was brilliant. Why I hadn’t thought about that myself I don’t know.

I first set about colouring the icing. I  love colouring icing as in an odd way I find it quite therapeutic. Though I need a bit of practice with getting a light skin tone, this one turned out a slightly more Germolene pink, but I counteracted this by making the little hats on the cake a stronger colour. I’ve learnt my lesson in the past about letting the icing settle before using it as the colours intensify. Last time I used fondant I used a generic brand from the local cake decorating shop and found it dried out really quickly and putting me off working with fondant for a bit. This time I used a block of Silver Spoon ready to roll icing and found it really easy to colour and good to use. Even though it was a warm day when decorating these cakes the icing didn’t dry out at all.

To decorate these cakes I just used a cutter that would provide a circle big enough to cover the top of the cake, No. 2 round decorating tip, couple of cocktail sticks, pallet knife and small piece of kitchen roll. I don’t own the ball tool they recommend to make the ear indentations so just used a piece of kitchen roll wrapped around a cocktail stick. The fondant was secured in place with a small amount of buttercream. I also put a blob of raspberry jam in the cake that seemed to work well. Just a note, these cakes are fairy cake sized unlike the cupcake ones featured in the book to the quantities below are for the fairy cake sized ones.

I think they have a slight Pocoyo element to them and who can argue with the amazing Pocoyo!

Baby Shower Fairy Cakes
Makes 12 cakes
Adapted from Planet Cake

100g caster sugar

100g butter, softened

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g self-raising flour

raspberry jam

120g butter cream (40g  unsalted butter beaten with 80g icing sugar)

250g skin coloured fondant

100g blue fondant

100g pink fondant

Black colouring icing pen (you could use a small amount of black fondant instead)

small amount of cornflour mixed with red petal dust

1) Preheat oven to 180°c and line a bun tin with fairy cake liners.

2) In a bowl beat together the butter and caster sugar until it is light and fluffy then one at a time stir in the eggs. Don’t worry if it begins to look curdled add a small amount of the flour. Mix in the vanilla extract.

3) Carefully fold in the flour.

4) Fill each liner 2/3 with cake mix. Dollop a tsp of jam on the cake batter just before the cakes go in the oven.

5) Bake for 15-20 min until risen and golden. Allow to cool completely before icing.

6) In a bowl beat together the butter, icing sugar and lime juice until light and fluffy. Spread a small amount of the buttercream on top of each cake.

7) Roll out the skin coloured icing until around 3mm thick. Cut out rounds and smooth on to the top of the cakes. Then mark the eyes and mouth then using a small amount of water attach the nose and ears.

8 ) Roll out the blue/pink icing and using the same round cutter cut out rounds. Cut these circles in half then cut a 5mm edge off the semicircle (this will be the ridge on the hat). Stick the semicircle on the head using a small amount of water then attach the rim. Use a cocktail stick along the rim to give the detail.

9) Using a small amount of cornflour and red petal dust mixed together, brush on the cheeks to give babies a rosy glow.

Post Author: Jules

Freelance food geek who's passionate about food education.

29 thoughts on “A Surprise Delivery

    Claire @ HappyElastic

    (April 11, 2011 - 12:27 pm)

    They are really beautiful!


    (April 11, 2011 - 12:43 pm)

    Awww, I’m in love with them, so cute!


    (April 11, 2011 - 12:53 pm)

    I especially love their rosy cheeks and the ridge of the hat. ‘Pinterested!’

    English Mum

    (April 11, 2011 - 1:23 pm)

    Oh they’re just gorgeous! And the faces have so much character. Adorable.


      (April 11, 2011 - 1:48 pm)

      Thank you. I realised about the character once I had made them. Although they were all made the same you can see the cheeky one, the quiet one etc.


    (April 11, 2011 - 4:37 pm)

    I love that they have ears – they have proper ears!!


      (April 11, 2011 - 4:45 pm)

      Well I did go for authentic pinna replication. ;)


    (April 11, 2011 - 5:15 pm)

    Extremely cute. If you made these in the UAE they’d sell out.


    (April 11, 2011 - 6:59 pm)

    They’re absolutely gorgeous. I’ve love to do some fondant work for decorating but am too scared that all my stuff will look like a train crash! I love the hint about using a decorating tip to help decorate them too – so clever!


    (April 11, 2011 - 7:22 pm)

    so you had people eat the newborn’s face? a little on the barbaric side but the cupcakes look cute.


    (April 11, 2011 - 9:57 pm)

    How cute are these?! Love them, they look perfect.


    (April 12, 2011 - 1:15 am)

    TOO cute!


    (April 12, 2011 - 2:05 am)

    Too cute to eat!!

    Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds

    (April 12, 2011 - 2:26 am)

    These are way too cute! You are truly an artist :)


    (April 12, 2011 - 4:07 am)

    OMG…this is perfection.I dont have words!


    (April 12, 2011 - 5:23 am)

    O, those are the sweetest little fairy cakes! *love*


    (April 12, 2011 - 5:39 am)

    They are fantastic – almost too good to eat!


    (April 13, 2011 - 5:37 am)

    I love these cakes….they are so adorable! I´ll have to try them out next time a friend has a baby!

    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    (April 13, 2011 - 7:39 am)

    So cute!

    Whimsical Wife

    (April 14, 2011 - 7:13 am)

    They are absolutely gorgeous!


    (April 18, 2011 - 3:59 am)

    Wow – these are absolutely perfect.

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    Planet Cake is also one of my favourite books and you have made these to perfection. So cute.

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