For Dr Who Fans – The Tardis Cake

The Tardis

Growing up in the UK Dr Who was a national institution, however never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would end up making a Tardis cake!

The cake measurements are 7 inch square by 12 inch high – basically a big, heavy cake.

The cake is a chocolate pound cake, in fact there are 8 cakes in total. Each cake is then brushed generously with an orange sugar syrup. Then they are layers with lashings of chocolate orange buttercream (made with fresh naval oranges). To add to the chocolate indulgence I added Terry’s Chocolate Orange all smashed up. Mmm yummy, admittedly I may have eaten a few pieces of the Terry’s – it would have been rude not too.

This was never a cake that I could just cover like an ordinary cake. So to get it right I made 4 individual panels.

Tardis panel – part 1

After completing the basic shell of the Tardis, I then had to do the writing. I used cutters for this. Which I found more time-consuming than the actual panels.

Tardis panel – part 2

I also changed the length of the black strip where the writing goes, so that the lettering would be clearer to see.

Tardis – putting it together.

Using a piece of strong cardboard I then gently but quickly placed each panel to the cake. Using this technique you don’t lose the shape.

By the time I had put a basic roof on top it was well after midnight, so I stopped.

Tardis Cake.

In the morning, I just did a couple of little bits to finish it.

Tardis – back of the cake.

The silver board that I decorated the cake on, was never meant to be seen. However when I went to transfer the cake to the prepared board, I realised that it was too heavy to transfer – if I had of moved it, then there would have been damage.

The quantity of fondant used was nearly 3 kilo’s. Which I had to add colour to make it a darker blue. when I looked at my hands after the colouring process, they appeared to be smurf hands! So here is my tip of the day – if you end up with gel paste coloured hands that won’t wash off with soap no matter how much you try, then do this. Put some Bi-carb of soda in your damp hands, rub into your hands, getting into all those annoying areas and rinse off. You may have to do this application 2 or 3 times, but you end up with beautiful clean, soft hands, that most definitely doesn’t resemble a smurf.

Enjoy 🙂

Cakes, Cakes, and more cakes.

The last month or so has been busy on both cake and family fronts.

The above photo is my ruffle flower cupcake at the wedding. And what is even more impressive, without even trying the teal of the cupcakes, matched the teal in the wedding dress. I love this cake, with only one weeks notice, and an awesome client who talked for 2 hours going through every design aspect to give her friend an amazing wedding cake as a gift. Ok, I maybe a little biased.

After this I had my birthday. Of course I made my cake which was a chocolate treacle cake (my favourite). However my eldest daughter (9) decorated my cake with ribbon roses and flowers, and my youngest (3) decorated the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate and fondant flowers.

My birthday cake decorated by my 9 year old daughter.

As you can see, there is a definite cake decorating ability shining through my girls.

In fact I will have to figure them out in the grand plan, of Hollipops Cakes & Daughters lol.

However that is a long way off, and my eldest wants to be a tennis pro, so maybe after her tennis career has finished – she can then fall

My 3 year old decorated my birthday cupcakes.I also got this cup and tray as a gift.

back and help Mum in the bakery.

Well that takes it to the beginning of May.

As well as preparing my birthday cakes for what turned out to be a surprise party – again organised by my girls, I also baked, and decorated 45 chocolate mud cupcakes, with chocolate ganache.

 

 

On top was a stylised sailboat design drawn up by the client.

It initially just had the sails, but after a little playing I added the hull to give it a more of a sailboat look.

Stylised Sailboat Cupcakes

After the celebrations had finished and I got to check out all my cool gifts, including a really nice Jamie Oliver apron and a tin of cupcake recipe cards, I then had to plan for my next order. Which was 100 Roses Cupcakes for an engagement party.

Each individual rose petal was hand piped. And admittedly I got a little cramp after piping what felt like hours. Once the last cupcake was finished and put into the box, I stood back and looked at what I’d achieved.

They looked amazing, and I got some lovely compliments from the engaged couple and some others who were guests at the party, which brightened up my day.

Roses Cupcakes

The Cupcakes at the venue, going for an afternoon tea look with dollies

Which takes as up to present day. My next cake is next week, and it is going to be the Tardis from Dr Who. Which should be quite interesting to make.

Inside will be chocolate pound cake with a chocolate-orange buttercream. There are decorations to put around the cake including a Dalek. And I’m looking forward to making a British icon.

For now, I have recipes to write and organise, I need to cover 20 cake boards in various sizes that I got given to me yesterday. And most important before I head into my girls bedrooms to discover the mass of toys that they have yet to put away, I need a cup of tea.