This weekend my son turned 7, I have no idea where the time went!
Knowing I bake, he ordered a cake. This year he was having an animal party, he has a bit of a thing about reptiles at the moment, so we had a visit from a chameleon, a skink a few snakes a bearded dragon and the cutest pygmy hedgehog to name a few. So with all these visitors it could have been worse, but the cake he ordered was a snake…..easy I thought!
I can bake and do a mean sponge but decorating…and in fondant, is not my strong point, however I’m quite pleased with the result, even though it does look rather ‘homemade’, the kids loved it.
So technically its a short snake but I realised that I hadn’t got a long board and no time to make one (I only got around to decorating it 2hrs before the party)
I started off with 2 ring cakes, a vanilla and a chocolate, to try and please everyone, I chopped them up a bit, tried to fashion a tail and the head was kind of made up of the leftovers. I then ‘glued’ it all together with butter-cream, again I made chocolate and vanilla and covered each cake with them.
I used one of those bags you get fruit in and put it over the fondant when I rolled it out to get a snakeskin look to it, a little tip I picked up on Pinterest. Now the hard bit… getting the fondant on the cake.
I did the head first and then layered a large piece over the rest and kind of tucked it in. I had to blend the edges together, apparently the way to do this is with vodka, the theory being water makes it soggy but vodka evaporates. Now I know this is a kids cake but I’m told its perfectly safe, any how it worked lovely I didn’t use to much (I saved most of it, after all I was about to host a party for 16 7 year olds, I may have needed it later!)
And there it was a snake cake that my boy was very pleased with.
We had a great time and after all my effort the cake disappeared in minutes, the kids had a ball and I enjoyed it too, I didn’t even need the rest of that vodka to aid my recovery after it all.