This week I had the special task of making my twin sisters birthday cakes (Not my twin…they are twins!)
I was told that Chloe would like a gymnastic themed cake and Maddie would like an athletic themed cake so I started to look online for some inspiration. There wasn’t much around so I put my thinking cap on.
Unfortunately these cakes didn’t come out quite as I had planned for a few reasons. Firstly, I had wanted the figures to look realistic rather than cartoony so I ordered a child shaped mould from Ebay. When this hadn’t arrived by the day I had to make the cakes (and still hasn’t arrived!) I had to start thinking about what I could do instead, without much time for the preparation!
The plan for Maddie’s cake was to make a running track shaped cake as I know she loves running. I did this, but it really didn’t look good so at 5pm I decided to start again and went for the traditional round cake like Chloe’s.
And then it was too late by the time I realised I had forgotten to get some ribbon to go around the cakes so I made a yellow band from sugar paste which doesn’t quite give the neat effect I was looking for!
I made the figures from a mixture of sugar paste and flower paste. The flower paste is great as it dries hard, but I find the sugar paste easier to colour.
And to help the figures ‘sit up’ I created a pile of gym mats behind the gymnast and a tree stump behind the athlete.
Overall, I was reasonably pleased with these cakes, but I knew I could have done better…I’m a perfectionist…what can I say!?
I really hope they tasted good (I did have a sneaky taste from the bits that didn’t work on Maddie’s first cake and it tasted great to me!) I went for a chocolate malteser flavoured sponge – the recipe can be found here.
Happy Birthday Chloe and Maddie – I hope the cakes went down well at the party,