A whole lot of Wonka cake

Making cake is fun, eating cake is better. You can view previous Brodie birthday cake adventures and his fabulous chubby cheeks here and here and here

Pinterest is your best friend in cake makery. I'd been pinning submarine cakes for months leading up to Brodie's birthday, thinking I was ahead of the game. Then he threw me the curve ball of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory party request.

 

There are about 8 million Wonka cakes on Pinterest so I had plenty of inspiration. Most of them had fondant icing covering the main cake and because I watch a lot of Cake Boss I know that fondant is hard to handle for the amateur cake wrangler so I went with buttercream and made the smaller fondant decorations in front of the telly a few nights before the party. I bought a variety pack of fondant from the supermarket along with a package of white and made the toadstools, lollipops and candy canes. Fondant icing doesn't actually taste very good though so I felt it was a bit of false advertising but they held up well - I let them dry and harden so they were pretty robust.

The cake was just a basic red velvet which I baked in my largest round tin. I shaved a bit off the front and stacked it at the back so make the cake more hilly and so the chocolate river could flow down the way. I attempted to temper the chocolate so it would stay shiny but clearly my tempering skills are lacking so it was a bit dull in the end. I melted chocolate and poured it down the cake - tricky eh? Greig suggested some Malteser bubbles for the river and they looked good.

 

I whipped up a double batch of Peggy Porschen's white chocolate buttercream - first used here - and dyed it green with gel food colour. I gave it a thin coat using a palette knife - I believe this is called 'dirty icing' thanks Buddy! Finally I piped the 'grass' all over with a star tip.


Then it was time to add the decorations I'd already made. Greig came up up with the idea of including Augustus Gloop in the form of a lego man trapped inside some marble run tubes and drizzled in chocolate and dare I say that might be my favourite bit of this cake?

 

I have no idea what next year's request will be but I'm looking forward to the challenge and I won't be trying to make any early predictions!