Iced Fabulous Flamingo’s Strutting Their Stuff

Iced Birdlife, Rocking Dog

Iced Birdlife

Another cake cooked up, baked, frou’d and about to be delivered. I don’t think the images convey the size of this confection, 15 inches/ 40 cm diameter. I bought the tins whilst on a trip to New York, so not your average tourist buying spree! These monster tins barely fit in my oven, so how I managed to fit them into my hand luggage is pretty bewildering. Needless to say it certainly wasn’t an Easyjet or Ryanair flight!

I used Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Cherry Cupcake recipe from my well loved and splattered copy of The Domestic Goddess. When dealing with such a large cake this recipe works really well. It’s made in a large pan rather than doing batches in a mixer or beating a cake mixture by hand. Cakes into the oven, it was time to deal with preparing the decoration.

I had already thought up a cunning plan for the decoration and accordingly had bought a stash of frouing goodies. So how I tackled this cake….
1. Cut a piece of baking paper the same shape and size as the cake. This will give you a lay out sheet of how you want your cake to look.
2. I drew out my flamingo onto a piece of A4 paper of the required size (I Googled a flamingo image to help me)
3. Trace the flamingo onto the baking paper circle (as I wanted two flamingo’s on my cake I repeated my tracing)
4. Use the tracings as a template to model the fondant.
5. I made tutu’s out of pink net. Using running stitch close to one edge I then pulled the thread to create gathers. Stitch to close.

After cooling the baked cakes and then sandwiching the two layers with chocolate ganache, brush the cakes with warmed sieved apricot jam. Roll out fondant icing and lay on cake. Smooth and trim.

Carefully lay prepared fondant shapes onto cake and pipe detail and wording using royal icing. Decorate with sweets, ribbon, tiara’s etc.. Voila!

One slightly worrying prospect is a matter of interpretation. Andyman walked through the door and thought the cake read “flaming going” rather than my play on words “flamingoing”. Oops! As this cake is going into a school I might be kept behind and given a remedial English grammar lesson or…… blacklisted from ever doing a cake for them again (Yippee!)

To the lovely sixth formers at Colston’s Girls School use your study leave wisely, good luck with your exams, and enjoy your ball. The world is your oyster!

Have a really lovely weekend and I hope the sun shines wherever you are.

Oops! I Am Messy., Rocking Dog

Oops! I Am Messy.

Schoolgirl Sketch, Rocking Dog

Schoolgirl Sketch

Flamingo Evolution, Rocking Dog

Flamingo Evolution

Decorative Stash, Rocking Dog

Decorative Stash

Tiara Detail, Rocking Dog

Tiara Detail

Flamingo Frolics, Rocking Dog

Flamingo Frolics

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