Mum’s birthday is next week but we’re celebrating this weekend with breakfast out, a bit of shopping and an evening meal. My job is to bring the cake!
Mum loves The Magic Roundabout, especially the characters Brian and Zebedee, so I decided to make cake themed around that. I decided on a flake cake because 1. She likes flakes and 2. I’ve done similar cakes to this (with chocolate fingers) before and she says she loves them.
I used a 8″ round cake pan and a lemon cake recipe (her favourite). sheet pan and used a vanilla sponge receipe for the cake itself. Again, i used the Wilton cake release and it popped out easily.
To decorate, I used vanilla buttercream tinted green to resemble grass. As always, I started with a crumb coat and left it in the fridge to set for approx 20 minutes.
Next I added a thicker layer of buttercream and smoothed over with a pallet knife.
I cut the flakes in half and stuck around the cake (see photo), the buttercream held them on well. I needed 18 flakes cut in half to cover the whole cake. It was difficult putting the flakes around the cake as they kept crumbling.
Put the cake in the fridge again to set for approx 15 minutes until the icing is firm.
I opted for Brian to go on top of the cake (sorry Zebedee), I’m a beginner at fondant figures and thought he would be the easier option, plus my mum recently got a tattoo of Brian on her leg so it’s fitting.
I’ve very pleased with him for a first attempt. The hat and antenna were the most challenging parts, in the end I used spaghetti with a fondant ball on top for the latter!!