I made this Henry Hoover vacuum cake for my son for his 6th birthday. He has always loved hoovers and other electrical things, but hoovers are a firm favourite, he even used to try to eat the hoover tube when he was a baby! When my mum bought a real Henry Hoover last year, he fell in love with it. Last Christmas he got a mini Henry desk hoover and it was his favourite present. So for his birthday this year I decided to make him a Henry cake. I basically did this myself just using the toy one to copy from.

I first made a Victoria sponge but with three layers, jam and whipped double cream in between the layers. I bought ready to roll icing in poppy red and black, 1kg of each. Also a small bit of white ready to roll icing and a tube of white and a tube of black writing icing.

I made butter icing and covered the whole cake with it. I rolled out the red icing to a long piece to fit right around the cake and about 3/4 of the way up the side. Then I covered the top and 1/4 of the side down in black. I made a long sausage to go right around the cake at the bottom of the black. I made the wheels just by rolling the icing into balls.

For the tube I used jam mini Swiss rolls, cutting them length ways and covering them in black icing. I propped the tube up against the cake using cocktail sticks. I also used the writing icing to make the lines of the bendy tube. The end bit of the hoover was just shaped icing. The plug lead was licorice and the plug was a mini jam Swiss roll covered in black icing. I then used pick and mix sweets for the mess being hoovered.

I made the eyes using white roll out icing and black writing icing.

Lastly i wrote ‘Henry’ in white writing icing and also wrote ‘Liam is 6′.

I have to say I did feel quite pleased with the end result, it was quite hard work, but worth it, and my boy loved it! Not only that but everyone said it tasted great too!