I know I’ve been a little heavy on the cake posts lately, but everyone loves cake, right? I recently made an ‘unbirthday’ cake for my friend – her birthday is on Christmas day so she decided to celebrate an unbirthday right in the middle of the year (this is such a good idea I’m toying with celebrating every one of my own unbirthdays – presents are required!). She’s in a drumming band and suggested that a drum might be a good theme for the cake, so that is what I went for.
In what I’d like to think of as a stroke of genius, I decided to make drum beaters out of cake pops. I’d never made or eaten a cake pop (or indeed seen one in real life – they mostly seem to exist only in pinterest) before, but I’d heard they weren’t that difficult to make so thought I’d give it a go.
Firstly I baked the sponges for the cake – I wanted it to be fairly big so I made two 9″ Madeira sponges to sit on top of each other. I cut the tops off to create a level surface, and used the trimmings to make my cake pops (thrifty, eh?).
I found this recipe with some helpful tips for making cake pops: http://divascancook.com/2012/04/how-to-make-cake-pops-easy-best.html as it was my first time and I wasn’t sure how they were meant to turn out, I think I used a little more butter cream than she advised – I only used a couple of spoonfuls but the mixture was really quite moist. The page also suggests measuring out your pops using a miniature ice cream scoop – now, I don’t own a miniature ice cream scoop (is it just me who is wondering why such a thing exists? I get that mini things are pretty much all super cute, but I don’t like anything miniature about my ice cream) so I used my measuring spoons instead -
I planned to make white chocolate and coconut-coated pops for the beaters, and then a selection of both coconut-covered, and ones coated in hundreds and thousands to serve separately. This didn’t quite work out as I’m not quite a cake pop whizz yet, and so many got damaged or fell off their sticks that I ended up only taking the beaters with me.
Now for the cake! I’d made up a whole batch of butter cream before doing the cake pops, and once I was all done with them I sandwiched the two cakes together with a layer of that, and a layer of strawberry jam, and then coated the whole cake in a thin layer.
As it happens, spray painting icing that’s already on a cake isn’t the brightest idea I’ve ever had.
Not only was the immediate area covered in a very thick layer of spray paint, every surface in my entire kitchen ended up coated in a fine layer of silver glitter. The floor was covered in silver, with some attractive silver footprints leading to different areas of the kitchen. Our hanging utensils, microwave, toaster and kettle all got nicely jazzed up (despite numerous scrubbings, our big wooden chopping board remains stubbornly glittery, in what I can only assume is a permanent affect), and a miasma of glitter in the air ensured that it travelled to every part of the house. Mr Culinary was not best pleased, to say the least. And I can only imagine that if I ever need surgery to my lungs, the surgeon will be pleasantly surprised (or rather alarmed) to find a lovely sparkly set of them.
I have spray painted a cake before, and this didn’t happen. I can’t for the life of me remember what sensible precautions I took beforehand, and until I do, I’m banned from using it. (I would like to stress for the record that this is food-safe spray paint).
I used strawberry laces and black dragees to create a more drum-like effect. I wanted to use liquorice laces for the black colour, but I couldn’t find any. I quite like the way the strawberry ones look though, and let’s face it – way more tasty than liquorice! You can see a little red flower on the side there in the picture – I think there were five around it in total, all in different colours. I drew them on with edible pens to try and detract from the mess I made of the icing! After I’d done all this and taken this picture, I decided it looked a little bare on top, so I stuck some sugar flowers on it too:All in all it’s a little squint, and a little messy, but super cute! And even if I do say so myself, rather tasty. I munched a couple of the broken cake pops, and I think I’m a fan! I probably did use a touch too much icing – they were extremely sweet – but overall, very cute and tasty.