I made my cakes a week before and froze. The icing is the marshmallow icing that you melt the marshmallows in the microwave for 40 seconds until they are puffy. You can add your color now or after you add the icing sugar. Add equal parts of mellows to icing sugar. Kneed as you would fondant icing.
I coated the cake in butter icing before I put on the marshmallow icing. I had just as much fun making the cake as what I did eating it. My 2 year old was so excited she was having a Night Garden cake. It was the first time I had used the icing and everyone was impressed with how it turned out.
I had a cake board to use but when I was icing the cake on the turntable, I placed the grass onto the turntable as well and I wasn't able to take it off. So I had to use the cake board as a lower layer with the name on it.
I used 3 types of icing here, butter icing for the grass and coating of the cake. Marshmallow icing as a fondant, and white icing you get in a packet from the local store. I never saw fondant icing written on the box of white icing.
This cake is really easy to make for those who aren't that creative. My daughter was 2 and I wanted to make a night garden cake.
Firstly you need to make a simple sponge cake although I made a chocolate one.
6oz of caster or brown sugar 6oz of butter/marg 6oz of self raising flour 3 eggs 1 generous table spoon of hot chocolate powder/cocca
1. Cream sugar and butter together 2. stir in eggs 3. Add flour and chocolate powder mix well 4.split mixture into 2 cake tins 5. bake for 15-20minutes
For cream filling
3oz of butter/marg 8oz of icing sugar
cream together add chocolate powder if desired.
once cakes have cooled cover one top of cake with jam then add cream filling sandwich the cakes together.
I brought ready made icing , which I rolled out. Cover the cake with the icing trimming away any excess. I brought pink ribbon to go around the cake. Decorate cake with flowers which I stuck on with a small amount of icing. Then I stuck on the figures, finally I use piping icing to spell out her name, then put in candle(s). Place cake in the fridge to cool for 2 hours before serving.
My daughter is a massive In the Night Garden fan, so it had to be done. I did cheat a bit by purchasing the rice paper topper from Ebay, but the rest of the cake is totally home made!
Inside are three layers of chocolate sponge (six eggs, 12 oz of margarine, caster sugar and self raising flour), sandwiched together with chocolate butter icing and then chilled.
I then made the green icing using green food colouring mixed into regal icing and rolled it out over the cake (it took a number of attempts before the icing didnt rip or collapse when I put it on) – cornflour on the board is helpful to make sure it doesn’t stick to the board.
I then smoothed it down and used a plastic paddle to create the flat sides and top. I stuck the rice paper topper onto the cake using a v thin layer of butter cream. I created the "flowers" using balls of different coloured regal icing and cookie cutters to put them round the outside of the cake.