Finally I have the time to post my son's 5th Birthday cake! Even though it was two weeks ago, things just crop up - as they do! My son helped design the cake, and I love encouraging my kids in the creation process of their cake. These are the steps I use when we design a cake together:
1) What theme would you like? (Sometimes he asks for what he had the year before, but I want a challenge too, so it has to be something new). If the kids can't think of a theme, we check out the Wilton website for ideas and work from there. He wanted a frog theme for his 5th birthday cake with a frog on top, but not part of the icing like the pirate cake I'd done previously.
2) What flavour cake? He wanted chocolate and strawberry. So I decided to make a chocolate and strawberry flavoured marble bundt. Originally I thought of filling it with strawberry mousse, but I wasn't sure of the weather for an outside party, so I ditched the filling. He also wanted strawberry filled freddo frogs around the outside of the cake, but because of unknown weather conditions, I thought it best not to so that I didn't have melted chocolate everywhere- see I learned my lesson!
3) What flavour frosting or icing? He wanted chocolate, so I've used my favourite best chocolate with sour cream frosting recipe by Nigella Lawson- so silky smooth and really tasty, holds up well in slightly warm temperatures.
So, here is the final cake (recipe included!)
The frog was hand molded with store bought sugar paste. I prefer using Wilton's gel colours- the colours are strong and pure. I molded the lily pads as well, mixing a bit of green and yellow colouring gel to give a softer colour. The flowers were store bought as I didn't have the time to pipe my own.The most disappointing part of the cake was the use of Wilton's decorating gel in a tube. I wanted to write my son's name on the cake (you can see there's a dip in the frosting next to the blue flower) and it bled everywhere. So I scooped it out and just embellished the frog's feet- a waste of $6+, that's what I get for being too lazy to make my own royal icing for the cake!
Mmmm another cake lesson?!
My son also asked for sprinkles around the outside, so I used a dinosaur sprinkle mix- the colours worked well.
Recipe for the chocolate strawberry marbled bundt cake:
1 ¾ cups sugar
¾ cup sour cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
½ tsp salt
3 cups self raising flour
100g custard powder
2/3 cup milk (plus 3-4 tablespoons extra)
2 tablespoons dutch cocoa
2 tablespoons golden syrup
¾ teaspoon pink food colouring gel
2 tablespoons strawberry flavouring
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a 22cm thick (not thin like for sponge cake) spring form tin. Cream butter until soft and fluffy, add sugar a 1/3 at a time until all incorporated and fluffy. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Lightly whisk eggs and add to mixture a third at a time while still beating. Sift in flour, custard powder and salt. Beat until combined, adding milk a third at a time while the beater is still running until all the mixture is well mixed. Beat mixture on high for 1 minute, it should become lighter in colour.
Add 1/3 of the batter into another bowl, this is for the chocolate filling. Sift in dutch cocoa, and mix together with golden syrup. You may need to add a few tablespoons of milk extra to this if it is too dry.