Tuesday, 28 January 2014

How to decorate a fairy cake

I decorated this cake for my daughters 5th birthday and it was a real hit with her and all her friends.  It is quite easy to do and only took approx 1.5hrs to decorate. Here is a step by step list to follow if you want to try & recreate this cake for your child.

I didn't make the cake as I don't have a tin or oven large enough and the thought of baking 4 cakes to join together didn't really appeal to me.  So I ordered a half slab chocolate sponge cake from the Woolworths bakery (cost $19) which saved me a lot of time in the kitchen.

What you need:

  • 1/2 slab cake (un-iced) $19.95
  • 3 cupcakes
  • butter cream frosting (400g butter, 8 cups icing sugar, 2 Tbspn vanilla, 5 Tbspn thickened cream)
  • 2 x flake bars
  • lollies to decorate
  • green & blue food colouring
  • cocoa
  • small fairy figurines
  • licorice strap

Step 1.  Make the butter cream frosting (or any other icing of choice).  

I made quite a lot of frosting as I didn't want to run out and have to make another batch.  I used 400g butter, 8 cups icing sugar, 2 Tbspn vanilla, 5 Tbspn thickened cream.   Beat butter for 3 mins until light & creamy.  Add sifted icing sugar & vanilla.  Beat thoroughly.  Add cream & beat until smooth & glossy.

Transfer some butter frosting in a large bowl & tint with green food colouring. Reserve some frosting (uncoloured) for the stream & hut. Cover the entire cake (top & sides) with the green icing.

Step 2 - Fairy hut

Use some of the uncoloured frosting and stir in some sifted cocoa to make it brown in colour.  Using 2 cupcakes, cover them in the chocolate icing. Break up some flake chocolate bars and place on the roof of the hut. Decorate the hut with lollies. Place it on the cake.

Step 3 - Stream

Using the spare cupcake, cover it with chocolate icing which will be the top of the stream. Place it on the cake.  Colour some of the butter cream with blue frosting.  Using a knife, place the icing onto the cake to make it look like a stream running down from the top of the cupcake.  If you have any white icing left over, swirl a little through the stream to make it look like white water.


Step 4 - Garden

Make a fairy garden with the lollies you have.  I stacked them on top of each other with toothpicks to give a 3D effect.

Step 4 - Finish the decorating

Using your lollies of choice, decorate the cake. I used some spare flake bar and placed it around the stream, placed freckles on the path and around the cake etc.  I also used some licorice strap to make a bridge over the stream.  Fairy figurines are a great addition to this cake also.

And there you go, cake is decorated!

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