A few months ago I took on the challenge to make a birthday cake in the style of an allotment/ vegetable patch. Apart from a cake a made for my friends baby shower (in the shape of a baby!) I don’t tend to make decorative cakes. I usually bake things that taste nice but don’t look amazing! But this cake had to be something special…
I was excited to take on the challenge and began some research on Pinterest. If you have never been on Pinterest I recommend you make a visit! It is perfect for all kinds of creative inspiration, especially for cooking/baking. After a quick browse I made a list of the ingredients such as marzipan, fondant icing and a couple of food colourings I didn’t already have and popped to the shops to stock up.
The cake itself was just my favourite chocolate fudge cake recipe, doubled and baked in a roasting tin. I then trimmed it and cut in half down the middle, and then sliced in half again into layers which sandwiched together with the fudge icing. This was 4 layers in total which made a tall rectangle.
The ‘vegetables’ were made out of marzipan. I didn’t use any tutorials I just did what I thought would look best and they turned our alright!
I iced the cake in chocolate fudge icing, made the ‘fence’ from fondant icing (left to harden over night) and sprinkled over the offcuts as ‘mud’. I then placed on the (disproportionate!) vegetables in a ‘allotment’ style.
Here are the photos of my progress and the finished product:
I hope you enjoy the pictures and give you some inspiration! Although a little fiddly this cake was a real pleasure to make, not too hard and looked pretty good in the end!
I was very happy with the results, even if my veg weren’t totally in proportion!
Have you taken on a similar challenge? How did it go?
Until next time,