Love Nunhead, Love Art, Love Community, Love Cakes!

After the success of the £3 Bazaar before Christmas I have been looking into finding suitable markets to sell Cakes & Cardies cakes from, a way of spreading the word and the cake! As part of this I will have a stall at this wonderful craft fair at the Salvation Army hall in Nunhead on Saturday 21st March.

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There will be lots of local artists and crafters selling their wares and me! Come along and see what local talent Nunhead has to offer, I’m sure you will find some wonderful original pieces and you can get some lovely Cakes & Cardies loveliness to round off a great day.

I have finalised the menu for the day and there will be a return of the salted caramel brownies with the addition of a peanut butter fudge brownie, a chocolate Guinness cake, some cookies, banana bread and lots more. Next week will be a busy week in the kitchen at Cakes & Cardies.

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Cars Cake for a Three Year Old Cars Fan

As is always the case January and February have been very quiet months for cake. Everyone is getting over the Christmas excess and cake is the furthest thing from their minds. So for most of January I did very little baking and lots of bikini crocheting (more on that later!). February brought with it slightly stretched evenings, more cake and more crocheting. One of those cakes was a Disney Cars cake for my friends 3 year old son.

I knew she wanted me to make the cake but wasn’t sure what Killian was in to these days (last year it was a Peppa Pig cake). This year he has grown into his boyhood and is into cars, specifically the Disney film Cars. As usual, when you search Cars cakes in Google hundreds of images appear so I had lots of inspiration. The one thing I knew about Cars was one of it’s main characters, Lightening McQueen, so I decided to build the cake around him. I found a YouTube tutorial on how to make a fondant Lightening McQueen, this would sit atop the cake that would be covered in black fondant to make it look like a tyre. The actual cake was to be chocolate, natch.

I made the model of Lightening McQueen a few days before so it had time to dry. It was fairly easy, the video was very good and easy to follow. I did have to put the eyes on hold as I realised I had run out of blue food colouring so the eyes had to be added the next day.

 

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Lettering and Lightening (without eyes at this point)

On the day of collection I made the chocolate cake in the morning and once it was cooled sandwiched it with chocolate buttercream, crumb coated the whole cake and then iced it in readiness for it’s fondant coating. I cut out a circle of white fondant 6in in diameter (the cake was 8in) and brushed it with silver powder to create a hub cap for the tyre. Once this was in place I added the “Lightening” lettering to the top of the tyre and “Killian” at the bottom. The car, with eyes, was then placed in the middle with the number 3 atop it. Red ribbon was added around the base of the cake and voilà, one Cars cake.

 

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Overhead view

 

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