For this Iggle Piggle In The Night Garden cake I used two vanilla Madeira cakes (baked in 32cm x 22cm pans) laid side to side. Both were cut and filled with jam and buttercream and then covered in more buttercream and approx. 1kg of white ready to roll fondant icing.
I downloaded an Iggle Piggle picture which I then traced over and enlarged to fit the cake. I then coloured more fondant icing (approx 750g in total) in all the colours required (navy, red, brown, baby blue, blue and grey blue) and rolled each piece approx. 2mm thick. I cut up the enlarged picture into various sections and used each one as a template to cut out the pieces of coloured icing as required. I just used a drop or two of water to stick the shapes to the cake.
I started with the boat shape first as I found it was a good guide as to where to place the other pieces. When all the pieces had been positioned I used yellow royal icing to pipe onto the boat shape and co-ordinating shades of royal icing to pipe a thin line around each of the pieces of shaped fondant icing to give a nice outline.
This cake was quite large and I would estimate that it would easily cut into 30 or more pieces so would be ideal for a party.
I am a mum of 2 little In The Night Garden fans so it was an easy choice to make an Igglepiggle Birthday Cake. It really is easy to do ~ start by making a few basic sponge cakes! I used 3. Recipes on blog: http://somethingcakey.wordpress.com/
Then its just a case of cutting out the basic figure using a paper template! I used a double layer for most of the body but built up the tummy and feet areas with an extra layer of sponge. Sandwich these together with some buttercream icing.
I used premade red icing for the feet bases, and red liquorice, cut in short lengths for the hair. Use white premade icing for the eyes with a circle of black icing on the top! And just extra blue icing for the nose.
Make up a lot of blue buttercream icing and getting piping! Covering the rest of the cake! Be sure to make enough as it is quite difficult to match the colour again if you need more!For more ideas have a look at my website, I have a mumpreneur business! www.theicingonthecakespain.com.
This homemade Iggle Piggle birthday cake was baked as a baking tin sized cake (about 20cm X35cm). It took 2 Betty Crocker super moist vanilla cake mixes.
I enlarged the outline design from a colouring book picture, then tooth picked it onto the cooled (refrigerated) cake. Then cut out the shape. Cutting the head completely separately so I could make it a big higher.
Using a light blue tinted butter cream, I 'crumb coated' the cake - A layer of icing to hold all the crumbs on. Then placed the cake in the fridge for 15mins. I applied another layer of butter cream, this time tinting half a little darker. Smoothing the surface with a warm knife.
The blanket, top of head, eyes, mouth and nose are cut out of rolled fondant (just the white orchard icing from the supermarket) that I have tinted.
The hair is also out of rolled fondant but a toothpick (you could use a piece of raw spaghetti) is inserted into each piece, to place them into the cake.