The Easter school holidays seem to zooming by so fast! There are still so many things I would like to do with my wee son...ack! It was his birthday a few days ago and his big request was a spiderman cake. I adore baking, but my decorating skills are still a work in progress, but I decided to be brave and give it a go - how hard could it be? Here is the finished cake:
My trick to decorating this cake was to first rough frost the cake (I made a chocolate devils food cake) with a vanilla butter cream icing, then I applied the white royal icing, which I had rolled out (like play dough for grown-ups as my good friend Leah from www.whydidntanyonetellme.blogspot.com says!). Then I used a paint brush to 'paint' the cake - this way you get a much more vivid red colour without having to use much food colouring at all (I used about half a teaspoon full...if that).
I had actually wanted to use a more natural colouring for the cake as I am not a fan of giving kids foods with synthetic food colouring on them. However, the powdered beets (which make quite a good red colour - I use it when I make red velvet cake) I ordered from a speciality grocery shop did not arrive in time. It was all worth it though as my son was over the moon with the cake - phew!
Today we had some great autumn weather (phew again!) so little son and I ventured out for a picnic by the sea. We both love this spot by the sea (above)...me for its all about watching the waves and for my son its the fabulous climbing rocks. He was certain he could see a pirate ship sailing into the harbour today ;-)
We are off for more adventures now so I must dash. Have a great week peeps! Becks xxx