All 3 of my grandchildren have their birthday between 16th March and 12th May….that makes for a tough time for me as I have always made cakes for them – and as they get older they seem to like more and more complicated things. My youngest grandchild has a passion for Toy Story at the moment. I did ‘toy’ :0) with the idea of making a ‘Buzz’ cake but when I actually looked at how he was put together I changed my mind!
Having made a Sleeping Beauty bed for my granddaughter at the beginning of May I decided to stick with the bed theme and do Andy’s bed and a handful of the toys for my grandson…… Simple…… Ha!
As with Sleeping Beauty – the bed making was fine. Andy’s bed has a wooden head and foot with ‘turned’ spindles…a bit of a challenge…but I overcame this by taping bundles of cocktail sticks together and rolling sugarpaste around them for the posts and rolling sugarpaste around individual cocktail sticks for the spindles. The large areas of the ‘woodwork’ were simply cut from thick sheets of sugarpaste. The spindles were inserted and the posts attached then all the whole lot was left to dry and harden for 4 days.
The ‘mattress’ was made from madeira cake (with home made blackberry jam and buttercream), covered with a thin layer of sugarpaste to represent sheets and pillowcase. The patchwork ‘quilt’ was just 1inch squares of alternate coloured sugarpaste. So that bit was fine…
…it was the characters that I really struggled with. Each part of each character had to be allowed to dry before I could add the next bit. I started making Woody on Saturday morning and finally added the finishing touches to him this afternoon (Monday)! It has probably been the longest cake making ‘marathon’ I have ever done!
As always – the faces are just a little bit ‘off’…it’s a bit like Toy Story from a parallel universe! – but as he is only 3 I don’t suppose it will spoil his day!
I will deliver the cake to his mum in the morning when he is in Nursery so it will be there for him when he gets back at lunchtime.
So you have been given a sneak preview of his special 3rd birthday cake….Shhhhhhhhhhh…don’t spoil the surprise!!