As both a mother and primary school teacher, I have spent much of my adult life choosing, reading and sharing children's books. Indeed I studied for an MA in Children's Literature, which I believe, was far more interesting and satisfying then the Master's degree in Education I could have opted for. I've always loved the way that food is intrinsic in much of children's literature and when I discovered Zoe's lovely blog and amazing event I just had to enter.
My little girl had a couple of friends coming for tea, and I had left my cake baking to the last possible moment. As the children are 4, 5 and 6, I thought that they would all be familiar with Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter.
I decided to suggest the story, rather then try and produce a facsimile of the cover in icing (if you look at my Octonaut cake you'll see why!)
I was making a rabbit themed cake so I needed to bake a carrot cake, and I used this recipe from Sainsbury's, here.
Rather then make cupcakes I used a square brownie tin and baked one cake. I iced it with the traditional cream cheese/butter icing which is so perfect with carrot cake.
I covered the cake with green sprinkles and green edible glitter, and using some walnuts I made a 'crazy pave' path. I 'planted' flowers on one side of the path and carrots on the other.
I then made Peter's blue jacket with some white sugar paste, to which I added blue colouring. Before it set, I put the coat on a cocktail stick, and once it was ready I popped it into the 'garden'. Peter was simply an unwrapped Lindt mini chocolate rabbit. You can see from some of the photographs that he was joined by the Flopsy Bunnies.
I took a few photographs of the cake, but later when I looked at them, I felt they weren't quite right . However, the cake and rabbits had, by that time been eaten, so I had to submit one of these photos to the Festival. Do follow the link to the other cakes. They are all amazing, and congratulations to the winner and runners up. Such very talented people.
The cake was delicious, and I think it would make a lovely child friendly Easter cake, covered with yellow sprinkles, chocolate chicks and of course, some mini eggs.
I'll be linking my Peter Rabbit Cake to Zoe's round up of Edible Book Festival posts, which you can find if you scroll down here.
|Peter, munching on a carrot|
|Lots of lovely carrots for my rabbit themed cake|
|Preparing the icing|
|Making Peter's Jacket|
|Inspiring books and blog|
|An aerial view of the ckae|
|Peter and his coat|
|I was really finding it difficult to take a good photograph|
|This one is closer, but too dark|
|Each Peach, Pear, Plum|
may have been easier!