This In the Night Garden Birthday Cake was a cake that I was asked to do for a friend. I'm no professional, but I said I'd have a go, as she couldn't find one anywhere and didn't want to pay the £70 quoted by a cake shop in our town.
I must admit, I'm rubbish at making sponge so I bought 5 slabs of ready creamed Madeira cake from the local supermarket to make the base. I then found a picture of three of the characters and started modelling.
I had bought some paper wrapped wires from the rather expensive cake shop and decided to have a go at using them. I cut out, using cutters, some stars and little number 1's. I dipped one end of the wire in icing glue (Gum Arabic)then carefully twisted the wire up through the bottom of them and left them flat to dry.
Once I had all my pieces made, I left them all to dry for a couple of days and then assembled the the cake base and decorations.
My friend was delighted when she saw the cake and I must admit, I was a little proud of myself too!
I made this cake for my daughter's first birthday. As it is the only show she will watch. I found lots of ideas online for a "In the night garden" cake. She really loved Igglepiggle! I wanted to make a cake that was shaped as Igglepiggle but found that it was easier just to make him out of marzipan.
To make this cake I made a round vanilla cake then iced it with Betty Crocker icing which I coloured green for the grass. Igglepiggle and Makka Pakka are made from marzipan which I coloured.
To get the colour for Makka Pakka I used red and yellow to make an orange then tinted it with a tiny drip of black to get that skin colour. Then I just added a little more black to make it darker for the stone looking things on his head.
I also used marzipan for the pebbled path and round coloured balls. I used Smarties to trim the bottom of the cake as I cannot use a piping bag to save my life!
My friend wanted a 3rd birthday cake for her son who loved 'In the night garden'. I came up with the design of this In the Night Garden Cake by learning more about the programme and about the characters. I then designed the cake before making it!
The cake was a chocolate sponge, 9" with chocolate buttercream. It was then covered in green icing to resemble grass. I then made a path and trees for the cake before making the figures. Once I had made the figures these were added to the cake.
I found it to be very useful to print of what the characters looked liked to ensure that the colours were correct and the figures resembled the characters from the programme.
The cake took quite a few hours to do, and the figures took a lot longer than expected - so it's best to ensure you leave plenty of time when making a cake such as this.
I made this In the Night Garden Birthday Cake by using the normal ingredients for a sponge cake, I then filled it with jam and butter icing.
After filling I covered with white icing and decorated it with coloured stars bought from the supermarket. I then made butterflies and pieces of grass from coloured icing and stuck them on.
I found pictures of Iggle piggle and Makka Pakka and made the figures using colored icing, had to try and mix the icing for the colour of Makka Pakka, still came out darker than I wanted but my daughter didn't mind.
When I had made the figures I placed them onto the cake and made some cubes using pink icing and stuck stars on the top of each and then used the icing pens to write her name. Last I put on the candle to finish it off.
My kids loved this cake and couldn't wait to dive into it.
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