Now is time for cake!
Another ambitious evening (and still no cat ear post, I know)! This time cake for the birthday I’m heading to this weekend! I thought ahead and baked three 9 inch chocolate layers on Tuesday (Canada Day, because I had the day off and thought it a good use of my time between hand stitching) and froze them until I was ready to ice them.
Today (Thursday) I pulled them out of the freezer to defrost and made the icing (See here for the buttercream icing recipe I use). I cheated a little, mainly because I wasn’t sure if I had enough home-made buttercream for the filling I used a can of Betty Crocker vanilla icing and added raspberry jam to it.
But first, you’re wondering why is Pikachu inside the cake? Well that’s a surprise!
I used a 2 inch cookie cutter to cut a hole in the middle layer where I could put Pikachu and surround him with pokémon inspired coloured skittles. I’ve seen pictures of “surprise cakes” before and I figured I’d give it a go.
I piped the vanillla buttercream icing around the middle and out of the cake (I didn’t want Pikachu or the skittles covered in icing) and then filled in this ‘reservoir’ with the raspberry icing. Then I added the middle layer with the hole, filled it, and repeated the reservoir, finally topping with the third layer.
Last but not least, I iced with a crumb coat. To be honest I don’t normally have the patience for layering the outside of the cake, I just go to town covering that baby!
Right now it’s resting in the fridge awaiting the next step… fondant!