When my teen was little she was Peppa Pig mad, but we ended up with at least 8 years of Peppa Pig altogether, thanks to having 3 young children. When the youngest was 3 years old I made him a Peppa Pig Car Cake for his birthday using his toy car as a reference.
It’s a simple cake that anyone could make and it really did please the little ones.
Peppa Pig Car Cake
I started off with a basic 10 by 12 inch madiera sponge cake which I then shaped into a basic car shape. I also sliced the cake in half and filled with a thin layer of butter cream.
I marked out a square on the top of the cake and hollowed it out to about 1/2 inch.
Next step was to cover entire cake with a layer of butter cream. I then covered the cake with red fondant icing and cut out the middle square.
The middle bit was then covered with a layer of cream coloured fondant icing and I used two strips of fondant to divide the seats and make a back rest. I then made four pig bodies from rolled up fondant. Daddy Pig is green, Mummy Pig is Orange, Peppa Pig is red and George is blue.
you can just see the toy car in the background.
I also made four pig heads out of pig pink fondant icing but the photo is a bit rubbish.
Then it was time to add the final details and put it all together
I used edible pens for the finer details like the faces on the pigs. I piped the car doors and bonnet with red icing and made the wheels, lights and mirrors out of fondant.
The Little Man was extremely pleased with his cake
I’m reviving some of my old cake makes as part of a new series on my blog..
I recently posted about my Christmas cake over on my other blog, Raisiebay, and I had so many questions I decided to do a dedicated post here in my cake series. (Which I’ve just started.) I know Christmas is over now, but I’m addressing the questions now and will be able to refer back to this during the Christmas period this year.
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So, what is a UK Christmas cake, Apparently, it’s not heard of in other Countries? Well, I learned from my nan how to make one and it’s a tradition that I hope continues in my family. I have already had my daughter help me make one (Even though she was not impressed with the alcohol content and of course refused to eat any.)
The cake is a rich, fruit cake infused with alcohol. The fruit is soaked in alcohol before cooking, then the cake is wrapped up securely in greaseproof paper and put in an air tight cake tin. Each week a tablespoon of alcohol is added. I prefer brandy, but you can use anything, whiskey, sherry, vodka even beer. The taste will be different but it all works. I pour the alcohol over the base of the cake, then a week later I turn the cake and pour it over the top, alternating each week until it’s time to take it out. I generally make the cake six weeks before decorating so it gets six weeks of ‘feeding.’ The cake ends up moist but not wet and it’s really delicious. Of course it’s not suitable for children or drivers because of the alcohol content.
Christmas Cake Recipe
Here is my tried and tested recipe for Christmas cake.
1lb mixed fruit and candy, you can buy bags from the supermarket expecially for cakes.
5tbs of brandy
225g plain flour
1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
225g unsalted butter
225g dark muscovado sugar
grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 tbs of treacle
Place the dried fruit in a bowl and cover with the brandy. Leave overnight to soak.
preheat the oven to 140C gas mark 1
cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
beat the eggs and add them a little at a time, beating thouroughly after each addition
sieve flour, salt and spices into a mixing bowl
fold the flour and spice mix into the butter, sugar and eggs mix
add the soaked fruit and excess brandy
add the citrus zest and treacle
mix to combine all ingredients
pour into prepared pan
bake for 4 hours
The way you bake the cake is very important. I use a loose bottomed 8″ cake tin. The tin is lined with greaseproof paper and also greased. Then I wrap the cake tin in folded greaseproof paper and tie this on with string. This is for extra insulation so that the cake will cook slowly without drying out too much on the outside. If it starts browning too much on the top you can also put a circle of greaseproof paper on the top to protect it. The end result should be a slightly risen, moist, rich fruity cake that will make your house smell gorgeous.
Decorating your Cake
A week before Christmas I bring my cake out for decorating. I like to use marzipan but some people are not a fan. It really helps to make your outside icing smoother though. To apply the marzipan I use a layer of marmalade or jam (jelly) which I’ve softened in the microwave for a few seconds. Or you can just use the preserve as the base for your icing.
My Grandmother (Nan) would cover the cake with Royal Icing which she’d make up with icing sugar and egg whites. She would spread this over the cake, make a few swirls on the top like snow and decorate with fake little Christmas trees and decorations. It would look very much like this.
I used to write a blog about cakes. I made a lot of cakes for many people, some I was more proud of than others but I really enjoyed making them. I find it difficult to make cakes now as it is a lot of work for me, but I’ve decided to re-visit some of my cake makes and put them here. Here is one I made many years ago, A My Little Pony Cake, but it’s still one of my favourites. I look at it now and I know how amateur it is and how I could have made it better, but it’s not always perfection that matters.
25th AUG 2012 The My Little Pony Cake
For my daughter’s 7th birthday she wanted a My Little Pony cake, in particular a Rainbow Dash cake.
I decided to do an 8″ round cake featuring Rainbow Dash and a rainbow. For a little twist I decided to make the actual cake rainbow coloured and the keep the icing white.
I made up the cake mix and then split it into 6 equal bowls. I then added food dye to each bowl, using red, orange, yellow, green and blue. I decided against using indigo and used a violet coloured buttercream. I put the mixture into the cake tin in concentric circles starting with an outer ring of red and working down to the blue in one half, then doing the opposite in the other, i.e. blue to red.
I then baked the cake, trimmed it and filled it with butter cream. Then I put a layer of butter cream over the cake and put it in the fridge.
I covered the cake in plain white icing. The rainbow I made using my coloured fondant. Unfortunately the red fondant had become brittle and difficult to work with and I had no time to wait until I could buy or make some more. I had no choice but to reverse the rainbow so the red would be the smallest amount of colour used. Rainbows actually go from red on the outside down to violet on the inside. I had to make mine the other way around and hope that no-one noticed. (My eldest daughter noticed straight away) The rainbow was made on a piece of card as I realised it would be the only way to make it stand up.
The pony I made myself by cutting out pieces of fondant and placing them on the cake. I used this template to help. I was a little worried that if it went wrong I would end up with a big mess, but my back-up plan was to cover the area with a white disc and start again. Luckily this didn’t happen as I was quite happy with the result. I then added the rainbow and fixed it in place with icing clouds. I also piped around the outside bottom edge of the cake and added my daughter’s name.
I was nervous about how the cake looked inside. I have made rainbow cakes before but always used thin slices of coloured sponge cake fitted together with butter cream, but I have found these to be a little sickly. This method was an experiment and I had no idea how it was going to look until I cut it open.
It might not be perfect but it was a big hit at my girls party.
I’m hoping to bring you a few more cake posts including my favourite cake recipes.
Last weeks meal plan went ok, again apart from the slow cooker lamb curry which as I speak is in the slow cooker! I also have some naan bread, although I didn’t make it, I’m being lazy again, but although I love making bread it can be time consuming and you can buy it ready made so cheaply.
Also we swapped our tacos for Chicken Souvlaki which were really tasty. I didn’t make my own pitta bread though, I bought some flat breads from Sainsburys. I have made pitta bread before though.
Instead of the curry we just had burgers and that’s why the curry is on the list today.
I’m keen to have a go at making some bread in my breadmaker. I bought it a while ago and as with most new kitchen gadgets it got used all the time at first, but now it’s gathering dust. I’m thinking of maybe a nice desert type of bread, chocolate and orange maybe? I’m off to look for a recipe now.
Oh, and the freezer is nearly empty so I’m hoping to defrost it tomorrow 🙂
This weeks Meal Plan
Saturday – Slow cooker lamb curry
Sunday – Lasagna
Monday – Tacos (because we didn’t have them last week)
Tuesday – chicken and chorizo paella
Wednesday – chicken and chips
Thursday – pizza
Friday – Toad-in-the-hole
I hope it goes well. I’m also hoping to do just one shop this week. Last week I did a shop at Sainsburys, but there were some things I could only get from Morrisons, so I split the shop between the two, taking forever to see which items were cheaper. I believe that Sainsburys is cheaper than Morrisons for so much more!
I still spent less than £200 though…and not one single take out. yippee!
We did go out for my brother’s birthday last Saturday and the bill for six of us was £55, which I think is amazing. We didn’t order desert because my brother had his birthday cake (Which I made.)
I love Easter. It’s in the spring time, the kids have two whole weeks off school and there is lots of chocolate! What’s not to love. You don’t even have to be religious to enjoy Easter, but if you are then you’ll know how uplifting the Church Service can be on Easter Sunday.
I’m going to visit some of my favourite Easter related things in this post. I may contain links to other sites and even affiliate links, just thought I’d let you know.
My Children are too old for Easter Bonnets now, but here’s some we made earlier.
Easter really is the time for treats, I know, I know, chocolate is a treat, but we’ll come to that later. Good things come to those that wait. First of all, how about Easter Cakes. I am a big fan of the Simnel Cake. I just adore marzipan (probably more than chocolate!)
We made some yummy Easter Chocolate bark way back in 2013, It was fun and easy to make but my photography is not so good.
Do you have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday? We do one at home but a couple of years ago we went to a local National Trust Property to do one. We may just do it again this year. You can find out if there is a hunt near you by clicking here.
Finally, here is a pick of a few of my favourite eggs from Cadburys!
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