13 May 2014
Novelty cakes come in all shapes and sizes, and having one made for your Christening party will certainly be very appealing for the children attending your party.
Hiring someone to create a cake for you can be the easy option, especially if you don’t consider yourself to be the best baker in the world, however having someone else to make one for you can work out to be very expensive.
If you would prefer to have a go at making your own novelty cake, then you can use boxed or packet sponge cake mixes to make the job so much easier for you. You don’t have to stick to one flavour cake if you don’t want to either. You can mix it up a little and make different flavour cake sections so that if someone loves chocolate cake, and someone else prefers vanilla or lemon for example, then everyone will be happy.
Remember to keep your design simple and less complicated to help you along. You will be surprised at how stunning and effective a simple cake design can look – it could even rival that of the professional bakers out there!
Animal shaped cakes are something that will delight your party guests, and it is also wise to choose a design that everyone will like. For example choosing to make an owl shaped cake is both easy to construct, and will also look impressive once it is iced up.
Because this cake is made using four simple round sponge cakes, you can easily make it up using two packets or boxes of sponge cake mix from the local supermarket if you don’t want to make the sponge cake from scratch.
You will need two sizes of round sponge cake tins for this recipe: 13” round and 9” round. If you have two of each size and enough space in your oven, then you can bake all the cakes together. If you only have one of each size, then you can bake your cakes in two batches.
If you are using packet or boxed sponge cakes, follow the instructions printed on the box or packet to mix your cake batter, then divide the batter between the tins and bake until the centre of the cake springs back to the touch.
If you prefer to make your own sponge cake from scratch, follow this recipe to create your own cakes. This is enough for one 9” tin and one 13” tin, so you should double the recipe to make a nice large sized cake. However if you want a smaller cake, then this recipe will be enough for four 7” tins on its own.
You will need:
450g (16 oz) self-raising flour
450g (16 oz) butter, at room temperature
450g (16 oz) caster sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / gas mark 4.
Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl. Mix all of the ingredients using an electric whisk.
Pour the cake batter into 1x9 inch and 1x13 inch non-stick tins, or if you don't have non-stick cake tins, grease and line each tin with oil and greaseproof paper.
Place them in the oven till golden brown 20-30 minutes until the centre of each cake is springy to the touch. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
Once you have your sponge circles ready, you will use the two smaller cakes to make the eyes of your owl. You will use one of the larger cake rounds as the body, and the remaining large cake round will be used to shape the wings, feet and eyebrows for your owl cake.
Our template guide shows how to divide the cake up, then you simply lay the pieces onto a large cake board and fit together to form the shape of an owl. Once you have pieced all the cake together you are ready to decorate!
To keep things simple, use buttercream icing made with icing sugar and butter mixed with different shades of brown and yellow food colouring. You can spread a light brown base coloured icing across the body and eyes, then use a piping bag filled with a darker shade of brown icing to decorate the body and head with feathers, framing around the edges of the eyes as you go. Use a small amount of icing coloured with black food colouring for the pupils of the eyes.
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You can then use yellow buttercream icing piped over the feet, and then create a triangle beak shape between the eyes to finish off your owl cake.
The results will look amazing, and because buttercream icing covers up any little cutting accidents, or un-even cake surfaces, it is an all-round winner!