September 3, 2012

A Trash Pack Cake for My Baby Boy

We have had a busy but lovely weekend celebrating my son's birthday on Friday, followed by his party on Saturday, and Father's Day yesterday.  The year he was born, we came home from hospital on Father's Day.  That little boy was the best Father's day present I could ever present my husband :)
I always like to ask my kids what type of birthday cake they'd like, and this year Jake wanted a Trash Pack cake.  Any mother of little boys should know what they are, but for the rest of you, they are funny little squishy plastic characters that apparently live in your rubbish (trash) bin.  The boys take them to school and trade them.  I needed some inspiration for this cake so hit Google, and found a fantastic one here, and knew that is what I wanted to do.  Never mind that when I commented on the blog the author replied that her professional cake decorator friend had made it and it took her two weeks.  I had three days I wasn't going to let a cake beat me!

I knew I needed to make quite a tall cake to get a rubbish bin shape, and although I can bake I decided to  remove some of the stress and use box cakes.  I bought 3 Duncan Hines chocolate cakes, but in hindsight 2 would have been fine (I used the leftover cake batter for cupcakes).  I needed the cakes to have flat tops and I googled to find out how to do that, and came across an excellent tip to wrap the cake tins in a wet towel while in the oven.  It worked!
The following day, after they were completely cooled, I stacked one cake on top of the other, with a cake board from Spotlight in between.  You can see one of the cakeboards underneath - I did have to trim the one in the centre down a bit as I couldn't get a slightly smaller one.  I stuck a bit of fudge icing onto each side of the board to 'glue' the cake on.

Then I covered the sides and top of the cake with the fudge icing (Duncan Hines ready made in a tub).  The reason I used this is because it stays quite wet and sticky which was the consistency I needed to make sure the fondant stayed in place.  It is also delicious!
It wasn't a perfect cylindrical shape but it wasn't too bad.  I just slapped a bit more icing around the centre to fill it out.
I just used ordinary liquid food colouring for colouring the fondant icing.  Black for the grey and green for the green (I thought I may have had to add a bit of yellow to get the lime colour I was after, but I didn't).
Here's how I finished it off:

- I put a couple of drops of black food colouring into one packet of fondant icing, along with some extra icing sugar to stop it from being too sticky, then rolled out the now grey coloured fondant icing on baking paper so it didn't stick to the bench (it also made it easier to pick up without it tearing).

- I stuck the grey fondant icing to the cake in two sections and just wet down the join a little with water to make it blend in.  I gently pushed a bamboo skewer onto the grey icing around the sides of the cake to get the rubbish bin-style lines.

- I rolled out the green fondant so it was bigger than the top of the cake, and cut a wiggly edge around it using a sharp knife, then laid it on top.

Decorating the top was the most fun, and quickest and easiest part of the whole cake.  It consists of a packet of the Trash Pack toys, including the bin that comes with them, some Flake (for dirt), some little fruit lollies, and sour worms.  The sign on the front of the cake is from the cardboard packaging that the toys came in.  I held it on with icing then stuck a couple of sewing pins into it just to make sure it would stay on.
I could have cropped this photo but I thought the mess was pretty funny!  The piece of string on the bench was my measure to make sure I had rolled out the grey long enough to go around the cake.
Here's the party table ready to go.  My boy likes green!

 One of the little boys that came to the party said to Jake 
"Wow, your Mum really knows how to make cakes"...I thought that was so cute!  I guess I just want to show my kids by example that if you want to achieve something/do something/make something, the best way to do that is just have a go.  
I am usually as surprised as anyone at how well having a go can turn out :)

I grew up thinking my Dad could do anything, and that he was very clever.  I still think that.  But I also know now how he got to be so clever at so much stuff...by not being scared to give it a go.  
Thanks Dad, for teaching me this, it has come in very handy! xx

14 comments:

  1. WOW you did a great job !!! What a lucky boy to have such a fun birthday! You rock!!

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  2. Yum, that cake looks great! I bet it didn't last all that long :)

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    1. Thanks Lou Lou, no it didn't, it was very yummy!

      xx Karen

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  3. Oh you're a good mum - that cake looks like a LOT of work.

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    1. thanks Kylie, it was actually fun once I got started...the stress was in the planning thinking how on earth am I going to pull this off, haha!

      xx Karen

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  4. Your cake is a work of art Karen! So fun! You are a good Mom. I love your family photo. Happy Birthday to Jake!

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  5. I love your cake and belated happy birthday to your boy. Best bit of all, you made it yourself with a Mama's love.... both cake and child :grin:

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    1. Aww that is so sweet Marita, thankyou :)
      xx Karen

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  6. Cake looks great really great.I have just found your blog via Fiona at Lillyflield Life.You have a great blog.love dee

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    1. Hi Dee, and welcome. Glad you found me via Fiona, she is awesome!
      xx Karen

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