Robbie’s Inspiration – A visit to the circus via cake and a guacamole salad #cakeart #fondantart

On 25 September we had a family gathering to celebrate my parents 48th wedding anniversary. It was a lunch event and everybody contributed to the fare. I made a circus cake display and a guacamole salad. I worked on the fondant figures for the cake for about three months as they are quite time consuming and detailed to make. I made a clown, two acrobats, two empowered circus bears, a strong man, and a ring master. The cake comprised of three layers of my giant round cakes baked in my biggest wedding cake tin.

I made a double mix orange sponge, a triple mix chocolate milk sponge, and a triple mix vanilla milk sponge. All the cakes were very delicious and I took some of the leftovers to the office for my colleagues and our building management team.

Making the cake

Here is how I made the cake in a step-by-step photographic presentation:

You will need the cakes, vanilla butter icing, a ruler, orange, green, black, and white fondant, and a little sugar glue. Oh, and a thick cake board. This cake is heavy.

I cut out an arch for the doorway from black fondant and attached it to the cake using sugar glue. The curtains are squares of green fondant, gathered to look like curtains, and glued to the sides of the door. The curtain ties are strips of green fondant attached with sugar glue.

The flag is also cut out of green fondant and attached to a skewer with sugar glue.

The characters

The salad

I made a most delicious guacamole salad. I used Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella’s recipe here:

Lorraine shares all sorts of terrific recipes for cakes, tarts, salads, and other foods.

Here is a picture of the salad:

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Today’s post is being sponsored by the lovely Tori Zigler, a talented poem and children’s book writer. Tori has shared her review and the origination of the book which started as a poem for a poetry challenge.

You can read Tori’s post here:


67 thoughts on “Robbie’s Inspiration – A visit to the circus via cake and a guacamole salad #cakeart #fondantart

  1. Very impressive, Robbie, with the cake and characters. How long does it take to make one of your characters?

    Congratulations to your parents on 48 years of marriage—no small feat. I don’t think I remember you talking about your dad before. I recall you wrote Where the Bombs Fell with your mom.

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    1. Hi Pete, I have not written a book with my dad. He is a big supporter of mine though and I have a few poems about him. The characters take two afternoons to make so about 5 hours each. The acrobats were a little easier, I made both over the same 2 session period.

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  2. Congratulations to your parents and it sounds as if you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing the guacamole recipe, and I love the cake and the circus’s characters. Fabulous! Thanks, Robbie!


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