This cake was done for my husband’s birthday. Since he is quite small, pixie like! (his name is Tich) has recently got into gardening and The Hobbit seems all the rage at the moment here in Kenya I thought appropriate to make him this cake. The “Hobbit Hole” was a bit of a challenge and after pondering long and hard over how to get a shape that I wanted I made two 8″ carrot cakes, sandwiched them together and cut a slice off to make one side flat and then cut two pieces of fruit cake and fitted them into the sides of the cake and filled in with the pieces of carrot cake I had cut off.
I covered the whole of the top, and back with homemade fondant (you cant buy fondant in Kenya) and covered the front with marzipan. I colored marzipan to make the windows and doors and bricks. “The Hobbit” I modeled out of marzipan. The path marzipan and the “lawn” I made from coloring dessicated coconut. Fondant flowers and vegetables and RI bushes, vines and grass. I almost had a disaster as I put the cake into the fridge the night before and when I brought it out the next day it had “sweated” and all the fondant and marzipan had gone soft. I had visions of the ears and nose of bilbo drooping or falling off. I was lucky the cake dried itself out before the function in the evening.
The cake was to be used as part of the dessert menu. No-one wanted to spoil the cake by cutting it on the evening so I ended up giving it away the next day before it went stale. It was fun doing this cake.