In the Night Garden Cake
In the Night Garden is an extremely popular TV program the UK for very young kids. My daughter loves one of the main characters, Upsy Daisy, so I decided to make her an Upsy Daisy cake for her second birthday.
I downloaded an image of Upsy Daisy from the BBC website and then enlarged it on the photocopier so that it was nice and big. Then I cut out the picture and cut them into parts:
I threw away the hair part of the picture.
I checked to see what I could bake it in and found that I had 2 large flat Pyrex dishes that the pieces of paper could be laid on nicely.
I used 2 packets of cake mix and cooked them in the Pyrex dishes. I made sure that both dishes were filled to the same level and this ensured that my cake was all the same height.
Once the cake was cool, I placed the templates over them and used a sharp knife to cut out the pieces.
I covered my large Lazy Susan with kitchen foil and placed the cake on top to make the Upsy Daisy.
I used ready to roll fondant icing. (Rolled it out using cornflour and icing sugar.)
Firstly I made her red dress and then laid white on top. I used coloured icing for the red and black. I used food colouring to mix the pinks and purples with white icing. For her skin I added some cocoa powder to pink icing and it worked well.
I rolled out icing into sausage shapes to make her hair.
For a finishing touch I put little daisies round the cake.
My little girl loved her cake. I am so pleased with the way it turned out as I’ve never used this icing before and am quite a cake making novice.