The ability to use Pinterest to create a themed cake will leave an endless number of parents feeling as though they are falling short.
I fell in love with so many cakes, but decided, whilst instructions were missing that a Ninjago cake would be possible, without too many more grey hairs in the process.
And this would be the first year that B & E should have their own cakes, their own rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, for this is this year they are four, where their birthday is *the* most important date in our diaries.To start we made sponges with our usual recipe, for one complete cake we used:
4 medium eggs, weighed
The equivalent weight in :
Unsalted butter/ baking spread
Sifted self-raising flour
1tsp vanilla essence.
And as always we:
Cream the butter and sugar.
Add two of the eggs and mix,
Add a tablespoon of flour, mix
Add the remaining eggs, blend
Add 1/2 the flour and blend,
And blend the remaining flour.
Mix in the vanilla essence.
Spread equally in two sponge tins.
Bake at 175 degrees celsius for 25mins or until golden brown, and/ or when tested with a skewer is clean. To create the Ninjago cake, we decided which Ninjago most has the favour, and stocked up on Renshaws made to roll icing, along with buttercream flavour frosting (I am prepared to cut some corners), and jam.
After the sponges had cooled, I used a gadget I was gifted for Christmas (with Lakeland packaging) to level the sponges.
And after creaming with the buttercream and jam, we got ready to create a Ninjago.
I used the yellow icing to create the face, and after rolling, and covering the sponge with buttercream, this was applied easily.
Next was creating the Ninjago scarf, not so easy to create the ‘material folds’ but our best was accomplished.Creating the eyes was a bit more free hand, but between the black and white rolled icing, we achieved happy little people.