Friday, 21 December 2007

Fairy Toadstool Cake, Not So Easy

In my wisdom I decided to make from Debbie Brown's 50 EASY Party Cakes, the Fairy Toadstool for my 2 nieces for Xmas. With my classes I felt a bit more confident with my newly learnt skills! I should have realised that EASY is just a word to make you buy the book!!! Afterall, it was my husband who rescued the dinosaur cake, from the same book a few years ago.

Anyway, the cake board went v well. This I was pleased with.

Then I coloured my sugarpaste/ rolled fondant. This too went well. The blue is extra large, as I over coloured my small ball, and had to add more white to tone it down.

Next I made the fairy bodies, still going well

Then I rolled out all the other pieces, still ok.

Buttercreamed the cake. OKish

Covered base in white regalice, okish. Underneath cake, not smooth enough purhaps?

Did top, but Debbie says to hollow out the top, but does not show a photo, so I wasn't sure how much. I think I should have cut more out, to get the top to fit more snugly on, and therefore look better.

All the fairies stuck on, plus 100 &1000s.
I'm definely not as pleased as I had hoped. I should have made the fairies LAST, as they started to break when I moved them, as they were dried out. Better to move them when still sticky. Still more lessons learnt.
It's my son's birthday in 2 months, and I wanted to get some practice in before then.
More lessons needed!!!!
I hate to have to admit this, but, the following morning, when I looked at the cake, the roof had caved in!!! Clearly I had NOT hollowed the thing out anywhere near enough. Lesson learnt. However, why can't books give more step by step photos, or tips so you avoid the mistakes that I made? One other way round would be to put dowels in the bottom cake, put the roof on a cake board, the same size as it, so it can be properly supported.
Cake making is expensive, and it's not on that the books are not properly tested by non professional individuals.


"Jillian" said...

For a first try that was pretty darn good! If you were my Mom I would think it was a GEM! Thanks for showing your creation!


fiona said...

dont be so hard on yourself!!what a fantastic job!its my birthday in a few weeks, i'm inspired!...nice to meet you!

craftyclaire said...

Thank you for your comments, you're both v kind. You may want to read my emergency update!!!

Ravenhill said...

What an amazing cake! You are so creative and I think it turned out marvelous!

craftyclaire said...

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments. I'm just thinking up some creations to do this weekend, if I can squeeze it in with family life!

Linda said...

Your cake is lovely, just made one my Granddaughter will be 4 this week .My roof doesn't overhang enough thanks you helped me. I put in a dowel to sit roof on. It's still ok. Thanks Linda