I checked that my friend and her daughter understood that the cake would be completely homemade (and more importantly look homemade) and as they were happy with that I asked what the little girl would like.
A Chocolate Gold Fish!
Actually not as daunting as it might have been.
I made a chocolate sandwich cake, using a 4 egg Victoria Sandwich cake mixture, and substituting 1oz of cocao for 1oz of self raising flour. I baked the cake in rectangular tins (the one's I usually use for brownies).
Once the cakes were cooled I sandwiched them together with chocolate buttercream.
Then I had to design the fish!
Using the tin as a template, I drew a rectangle and then drew a fish shape onto it. I had decided to use the spare triangles to form the fins of the fish, as you can see this worked quite well, I used buttercream to secure the fins to the fish.
I used yellow sugar paste to cover the fish and then used orange sugar paste to cover the tins and tail, adding a fin on top and to make an eye and mouth. Finally I sprinkled edible primrose glitter over the whole fish.
I was pleased with the result and was gratified to hear that the little girl loved the cake. I also made the cupcakes for the birthday party.
|The cake, packed and ready to party|
|The two rectangles of chocolate cake with buttercream|
|The fish template|
|Checking the fins will fit|
|Yellow sugar paste|
|Covering the cake|
|The completed cake|
|Vanilla cupcakes with deep pink icing|
|The girls enjoyed these too|
|A close up of the glittery fish|