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Hello Kitty's Garden, Rocking Dog

Hello Kitty’s Garden

I was given a Last cake order by Andyman. I quickly ran up a sponge and then headed for the hills… well Marks and Spencers!

With nothing in mind I sought inspiration from the sweet and biscuit shelves. I chanced upon some boxed Hello Kitty’s left over from Easter. Further scrutinising led to some lovely jelly carrots and coconut mushrooms.

An idea was beginning to form. Hello Kitty’s Garden. My brain quickly thought of desiccated coconut dyed green, the search for ingredients to make chocolate soil and things to pretty up Kitty’s Garden.

Chocolate soil is something frequently seen on “Masterchef”, mine was cheats chocolate soil. I bought Chocolate cookies from the M & S bakery counter, and I visualised these crumbled with the dear little carrots poking out.

Home with my stash, I had a mere half an hour to pull everything together. Aggghhh! on unboxing Kitty I had found she had lost her head. I had to glue her Frankenstein style with glace icing, catastrophe averted! I whizzed up a buttercream (icing sugar, softened butter and vanilla essence) and sandwiched my sponges with this together with strawberry conserve. More buttercream was spread onto the top of the sponge to glue Kitty down and adhere the green coconut. Frouing, my favourite bit then happened. Soil sprinkled, carrots strewn, mushrooms arranged, and baby meringues dipped in glace icing before rolling in coloured sugar strands. I also added some paper flowers which I glue gunned onto skewers, these gave more height to the cake. The cake was given a fringed tissue paper sheath, adding more flowers to disguise paper joins. Voila! Cake decorating in 23 minutes!

Delivery logistics involved taking it to a plastic surgeon who would then take it on its onward journey. I hope he wasn’t too critical of Kitty’s glace icing reconstructive surgery!

Happy Birthday Maisie, I hope hearing “Happy Birthday” on the bagpipes was amazing!

Liz’s Top 5 tips for Last cakes

1. Visit supermarket/ department store sweet counters, Hotel Chocolat, Thornton’s etc..for inspiration
2. Use a toy as a starting point (I have used Sylvanian Family toys (toys sat on a cake with an edible picnic), Disney characters (eg..Aladdin on an icing patterned carpet).
3. Use Pinterest, cake decorating books, cake websites, cafe’s and cake shops for inspiration. Whilst in Amsterdam I was truly inspired by the cafe/cake shop
De taart Van m’n Tante (The Tart Of My Aunt). My teenage son that year had a sexy black and red cake, complete with a rubber gimp doll on it! I now absolutely cringe thinking about my poor son unboxing his cake on a school field trip. How could I?!!
4. If time is really short, buy a shop bought cake to decorate (swiss rolls can become spectacular caterpillars, or modelled into trains) Tray bakes and loaf cakes can also be decorated ingeniously with a little bit of thought.
5. Colour pastes, though more expensive than liquid colours are very intense and last much longer. Seek out ready rolled fondant icing and ready to mix Royal Icing in supermarkets.

Sweet Stash!, Rocking Dog

Sweet Stash!

Chocolate Cookie Soil, Rocking Dog

Chocolate Cookie Soil

Aren't I Cute!, Rocking Dog

Aren’t I Cute!

One Thought on “Last Minute. com Cake!

  1. Liz Smith on April 26, 2015 at 7:15 am said:

    I wish you could have been there to see her face (and that I’d been quicker with the camera) she was so happy….. “I almost cried mummy” and I can assure you that not a crumb remains – it was delicious!

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