I had to share one of my favourite cake orders so far! The lucky little boy received a train, plane and automobile cake, cupcakes and cookies last year – see earlier post http://ilovejenscupcakery.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/planes-trains-and-automobiles/ so I eagerly awaited this year’s theme which was…. diggers!
Now I’m no digger expert so time for some planning. The customer decided on a round vanilla sponge with a fondant digger on top rather than a whole cake shaped like a digger (phew), some little cupcakes to go with it and some cookies too.
Cue, scramble to get a digger cake cutter from Ebay (I could have printed off a template, traced around it, blah blah but sometimes tracing and copying and lining up etc is just one step too far in a busy life!) I also found a company that had cute little digger and lorry wafer icing toppers too, so that was the little accessories dealt with.
I made some simple vanilla sugar cookies which bake hard enough to take fondant icing and remain crunchy! I cut out with the cutters before baking and then when cold, used the cutter to make the same shapes in yellow fondant, stuck to the biscuit with some warm apricot jam and then added the detail with strips of fondant icing and edible pen. By the way, just invested in some fantastic new Americolour gourmet writer pens from the US which are much the best I’ve tried so far, giving a thin enough nib for fine detail or a broader line if you adjust the angle.
Next came the cute little digger – we would like to point out to all you digger experts out there that this is not a technically perfect specimen! creative licence I think it is called :-) Formed out of yellow fondant with fondant accessories and then some mud formed out of Flake chocolate bars (they make perfect edible mud). Ah, so cute, you just want to…gobble him up!
Leaving him to dry overnight, I concentrated on making the sponge cake and letting that cool, before splitting and filling with a vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam inside and a light green fondant on the outside. A board covered with a darker green fondant became the base for the digger (ok, he’s so cute we have to name him, let’s say Digbert) and then I added the grass with a grass tip nozzle and some little fondant flowers just to finish it off.
Eh Voila! There we have Digbert the Digger vanilla sponge cake with mini vanilla cupcakes topped off with wafer digger/lorries and vanilla sugar cookie diggers, all for a happy little 2-year-old. The customer sent me a lovely note afterwards saying “his little face lit up when he saw it” and you can’t ask for better than that can you?