Last week it was my mom and dad’s wedding anniversary. They wanted to have a tea to celebrate and my mom asked me to make a cake. We agreed that I would make the teddy bears picnic cake for this event rather than her birthday on the 21st October. She has decided she would prefer a lunch for a birthday and a Halloween birthday cake. I wasn’t going to say no to making a Halloween cake so, of course, I agreed.
I had been making the teddy bears, flowers, teapot and other decorations for this cake for a few weeks before our holiday to Scotland.
On the Sunday before the event which was to be on a Tuesday as 24 September is a public holiday in South Africa, I made the cake. A rich chocolate and vanilla marble cake [both recipes are in Silly Willy goes to Cape Town]. I used a rectangular cake tin and then could have kicked myself because I had planned to use a large round tin and forgot. I had to make a plan to include the chocolate seesaw on the cake board, as the cake I made was not big enough for it.
I iced the cake with vanilla butter icing, coloured dark green, and, after icing it, I sprinkled it with desiccated coconut coloured grass green.
I then covered the cake board with royal icing and attached the chocolate pieces for the seesaw. I covered the playground with grated chocolate and built a set of chocolate stairs up to the picnic area i.e. the top of the cake.
I rolled out fondant and cut out the picnic blankets which I attached to the cake with the royal icing. I than attached the bears and other decorations. In the end, the cake looked like this:
I was very happy with this cake and I am looking forward to the Halloween cake challenge.