I used a basic Madeira recipe for this sponge cake to make the building blocks cake. I used a LARGE tin (approx 12inch/30cm square. I do not know the exact amount of ingredients I used as I just kept adding more until it looked like enough but it was the biggest cake I have ever made!
When I had baked the cake I sliced it into 16 x 3inch square cubes. I wrapped them individually in clingfilm and froze for a couple of hours. This just helps to stop the sponge crumbling when you are icing it.
I iced each block with buttercream and then covered each block with white roll-out icing. I was originally going to make the blocks coloured but the white icing is significantly cheaper. I then used coloured roll-out icing for the letters.
Each block had a different letter on the front to spell out my son's name " HARRISON JAMES". You can also put letters on the back but be careful. Ours was supposed to say "CHRISTENING" but when we assembled it we realized the back needs to be a mirror image of the front and it actually spelt "CRHTSININEG" Ooops! It didn't matter, we just placed it on a table where people couldn't read the back! O n the sides of the cubes we used the coloured icing for shapes, e.g. stars, hearts etc. This made a really lovely cake and what was especially nice was that instead of eating it at the party we could give people a whole building block to take home with them. Each block was enough for at least four slices.
My step-sister asked me to make a cake for her youngest son who's turning one. I had the idea of the building blocks so I spent days looking at pictures of how I wanted to do it. Then I came across pictures of fondant animals and thought that would look cute on it too, especially with little party hats.
I started with making the animals. I used homemade marshmallow fondant and took 3 hours to do the animals just from looking at pictures. I then waited til the day before to make the cakes. I used 3 box cakes to make the whole cake. I cut them and frosted them with homemade butter cream frosting and stacked them on cake boards and tried to make them all the same size (which was pretty hard, lol). And then I put the cakes in the freezer so they would be easier to handle.
I then made all the decorations out of the same fondant used for the animals. I waited til the next day to put all the decorations on. I had a lot of fun making this cake (besides my feet hurting from being in the kitchen all day, lol). It was a little more difficult than I had planned and for a while I thought I had been a little to ambitious but it worked out really good and everyone loved it, especially the little guy.