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!

A Wonka Birthday

About a month ago Brodie announced that his birthday would be a Charlie and the Chocolate factory party. Fair enough.

Give me a theme and I'll run with it.

During the last week we've been busy making some decorations, purple 'W's to decorate the gates and door with, giant lollipops made from paper plates wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbons,  giant sweeties - balloons wrapped in cellophane. I think he enjoyed the build up as much as the day itself.

We played pass the parcel at the birthday boy's request and the young guest who was helping to play the music ensured Brodie won which was just lovely. Greig and I had already spoken at length about the politics of who should win but in the end it was taken out of our hands and Brodie was disproportionately happy to win a set of glow in the dark ceiling stars. We played some other party games and food and cake. As you do.

I'm planning posts on the cake and party bags later this week but suffice to say planning and making things to celebrate feels good. I felt very proud that Brodie wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and eat and play with him on his special day. He was so excited to dress up smartly and have his hair 'spiked'. Of course he was delighted that people kindly brought him gifts and he opened them all and said thanks and since the party finished has looked through them all and run his fingers over the pages on new books and delighted in new games. I think he was gracious and well mannered, as much as anyone can expect a nearly five year old hopped up on sugar to be.

I feel like I say this every time but our friends and family who celebrate so generously with us make my heart swell, they mean so much to me and they are the village who are raising this wonderful boy. Thank you.

The worst bit for the boy was waiting for the party to start. We started the fun at 11am which was perhaps unconventional but meant everyone was on top form for the main part and gave us plenty of time to wind down and play when it was all over. Good times.

Fizzy lifting drink, or lemonade to you and me.

Thank you for all those who contacted me yesterday about the MADS post, thank you, thank you.