This In the Night Garden 1st Birthday Cake is a cake I made for my granddaughter Caitlin's 1st birthday last year. I am not really that good at making and icing cakes, but decided to have a go. As she was a real fan of Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle and co. this was the theme.
For the cake I made a Madeira cake (8oz size) using a 13"x9"x2" rectangular cake tin. I covered the cake with butter icing coloured green to resemble grass, chocolate buttons for the stones, and decorated it with shop bought flowers. I iced her name and happy birthday using the squeezy icing tubes you can buy. I put the three main figures on the cake (secured behind with cocktail stick to keep them upright Upsy daisy especially needed this). I also purchased the Ninky Nonk which I put round the bottom of the cake together with Toomliboos on a cake board covered with coloured green coconut and more flowers just to make it the center piece on the table.
It was not brilliant but she seemed pleased with it. The figurines were an investment as she still enjoys playing with them. She is nearly 2 now and this year she likes Peppa Pig. Making the cake again but only using a cake topper this time round.
I got my inspiration for a In the Night Garden cake from some cakes on this website, and I just tweaked it suit.
I made this cake for my daughter's first birthday, as she and her older sister just love the show. I made two quantities of vanilla cake mix and poured 2/3 into a large round tin, and the rest into a dolly varden tin. The shape wasn't quite right, but I "cut and pasted" the top layer a bit, sticking it all together with icing.
I used two tubs of Betty Crocker ready made frosting, and added more icing sugar to make the consistency stiff enough to hold the textures I was piping. I used a basket weave technique (my first attempt), and a grass tip for the top and the cupcakes. It took a while to do the icing, but the end result is well worth the effort. The figurines I bought from a top shop and arranged them on the cake, and used tiny sugar flower to sprinkle over. I also bought the tain from the show "Ninky-Nonk" to go on the table.
I've made cakes before, but only for family birthdays. It took some time, but it wasn't too hard to achieve something that everyone was impressed with.
I made this cake for my daughter who was turning 2. I used the Betty Crocker devils food cake mix and bought a tub of chocolate fudge icing for the filling in the middle. I used 2 square 10" cake tins and put them together. I then bought a tub of vanilla frosting and used green food colouring to dye it green which gave it a grass effect. I then used an easy cook icing pen, with the thick tip on it to go round the outside in red. I then put edible silver balls all around the outside. For the characters, I went on eBay and bought an 'in the night garden' character pack and used them to decorate accordingly. The three characters I had put in the cake do fall down as they are not too sturdy so you will need to make a small hole in the cake and then fill it with more icing to make them stand upright. This can be quite a pain. I then bought the daisies from eBay, (edible) and wrote her name in pink icing pen across the top. The cake was delicious (even though i cheated by using a mix) and the slices were quite thick.