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Coolest Rabbit of Caerbannog Cake from Monty Python

by Tegan G.
(Sydney)

Homemade Rabbit of Caerbannog Cake from Monty Python

Homemade Rabbit of Caerbannog Cake from Monty Python

This Rabbit of Caerbannog Cake from Monty Python was for my brother's 20th birthday. He had requested a carrot cake and when he saw how disappointed I looked he suggested maybe a carrot shape or rabbit. I decided to do the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python.

To make this cake I baked 1 loaf and a few muffins of carrot cake and made up some white chocolate ganache. All I ended up needing was:
1x cake board
2x skewers
3-4 boxes of orchard rtr white icing
A few pictures of rabbits from different angles
White chocolate + cream to make ganache
Food coloring
chocolate powder to color the skull
Apricot syrup (equal parts boiling water &apricot jam)
Thin pieces of cardboard (I had tried making the ears out of icing and ended up covering the stiff cardboard in icing).

Once the head and body had been carved with a bread knife and reinforced by skewers, I syruped the cake and covered it in ganache. The whole cake was chilled and then the ganache smooth with a hot dry knife.

I then started to roll out icing and cover cake, the icing being so cold I needed to put the icing in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.

Being an odd shape I used a hot dry knife again to blend the join lines and started on the holy grenade and skull. The skull is just rtr icing I had. I tissued inside to help keep the shape while drying. The grenade is not the same design as the movie, it is two muffins top to top covered the same was as the rabbit.

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Coolest Jack and the Beanstalk Cake

by Lorraine
(Derbyshire)

Homemade Jack and the Beanstalk Cake

Homemade Jack and the Beanstalk Cake

I made this Jack and the Beanstalk Cake for a friend of mine's child whose name is of course Jack!! First of all you need to make an oblong shaped sponge cake. The one I made was approx. 6inch x 12inch. I used 6oz caster sugar, 6oz margarine, 3 eggs, 12oz self raising flour, teaspoon of vanilla essence and a dash of milk.

Slice this cake into two through the center, spread with buttercream, sandwich back together. Then you need to hollow out a small dip where Jack's head is to be placed. Then spread buttercream all over the outside of the sponge cake. Colour a block of ready to use icing green. Roll out enough to completely cover the cake. Out of flesh coloured icing model out Jack's face, with a worried look. Hair can easily be made by squeezing the icing through a garlic press.

Make a large shoe out of icing and place this at the top of the cake, this represents the giant climbing down after Jack. Out of a slightly darker green first roll out some long thin pieces and place onto the cake, these will be the beanstalk.(You can always darken any that is left of the original block of icing you coloured to cover the cake). Then using a leaf shape cutter, cut out leaves and place them around the cake. These pieces can be secured to the cake with a tiny amount of water brushed on with a pastry brush.

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