Cute Hamster Cake Tutorial

This hamster cake possibly one of cutest cakes I’ve ever made!

The first week of January was time off from baking for me however I couldn’t keep myself completely away. So when my little boy suggested I made a hamster cake (including a wheel – no way I was attempting a hamster wheel!) I couldn’t say no.

I like to use both buttercream and fondant icing on my animal cakes so here’s how to make a cute Little Peach Cakery Hamster Cake.

You will need:

Sugarcraft tools – rolling pin, knife, cake smoother, small rose petal or circle cutters.

A 5 inch round cake, approx 5 inch tall and domed top.

10 inch cake board and ribbon

Piping tips – Wilton 6B, star and drop flower

Piping bags

Buttercream (250g butter and 500g icing sugar)

Sugarpaste – white, pink and black

Food colour – rose

Edible glaze (optional)

Method:

1. Bake your cake, let it cool. Cut into 3 or 4 even layers.

2. Fill layers with buttercream and cover cake in thin layer of buttercream.

3. Roll out enough fondant to cover the front of the cake.

4. For the cheeks, make a sausage long enough to reach horizontally across the front of the face area. Make a long dip across the middle of one side only.

5. Roll 2 little sausages of fondant, narrower at one end for the arms. Make 2 small pink balls for hands and mark lines on for fingers. Attach together with edible glue.

6. For the feet, use 2 equal sized balls of white fondant. Make 2 little pink feet and mark toes. Attach together with edible glue.

7. The nose is a small ball of pink fondant. Add a touch of edible glaze if desired.

8. Make the ears with small rose or circle cutters. Cut 2 white circles and 2 pink circles. Attach the pink ontop of the white to make 2 ears. Leave to hardern at room temp.

9. Make 2 equal pea sized balls from black fondant for eyes. Add edible glaze or a touch of white for a more realistic look. Do not attach to cake yet!

10. Colour the buttercream into 3 shades. Divide into 3 piping bags.

11. Start piping the largest tip first. Then go back and fill in the gaps with the smaller tips. Pip up to the cheeks on the face.

12. Add the ears into the buttercream.

13. Add the eyes onto the buttercream on the face.

14. I like to use Sweet Stamps letter’s to finish off the cake board. Painted with edible gold.

You’re finished, admire the cute little cake you have made!

Koala cake with buttercream flowers

I had been given a Molly’s creature creator mould for my birthday in October and I now had the chance to use it!

Making cute animal cakes using buttercream flowers is something I love to do… See my flower hedgehog cake here.

So I thought I’d go along the same lines but using the cake mould.

I chose to make a Koala, they have had an awful time recently and I wanted to celebrate these gentle creatures.

Below are photo’s of baking and making this cute cake. If you want to create your own I give a list of some of the tools needed.

What you’ll need:

Cake batter (400g self raising flour, 150g flour, 400g butter, 400g sugar, 8 eggs, 2tsp vanilla)

Molly’s creature creator standing mould

2 or 3 nifty nozzles

Some standard size piping tips and piping bags

Food colouring

Buttercream (500g butter + 1kg icing sugar)

Sweet Stamps if you want to use similar writing

Rice krispie treats for arms and legs (85g rice krispies, 110g melted marshmellow)

Sugarpaste

Method

Grease your mould or use cake release spray. Fill with cake batter and cook at 140C. It took 1hr 40 mins to cook in my oven.

Allow to cool then trim off excess. Turn out of mould.

Use buttercream to stick the halves together and crumb coat.

Make rice krispie treats and mould into arms and legs. Cover with buttercream.

Use a circle cutter to cut ears from 5mm thick rolled out sugarpaste. Cut in half moon shape. Stick a cocktail stick or dry spaghetti stick into ear so it can be fixed to cake. Allow some time to dry.

Colour your buttercream and put into bags. Start piping large tips first randomly but fairly evenly over cake. Then stset to fill areas with smaller buttercream flowers.

Add the ears and cover with buttercream.

Finally add the fondant nose and eyes.

I usually cover my cake boards in fondant and use sweet stamps acrylic letters to emboss and paint name.

Enjoy

Giant floral cupcake decorating tutorial

Here I share tips to create a unique and impressive giant cupcake.

You’ll need a few things to follow this tutorial:

Silicon cupcake baking mould set

Selection of piping tips including size 1, drop flowers, 2D and leaf tip.

Piping bags

Buttercream

Cake batter (sponge cake approx 5 eggs worth)

Cake release spray

Spatula

Method:

Stage 1 make the chocolate case.

You’ll need approx 300g chocolate. I have found dark chocolate is the easiest to work with.

1. Melt the chocolate slowly.

2. Pour into the cupcake case and tilt the case to pour the chocolate on to the sides. Turn the case whilst tilted to cover all of the inside. You might need to gently shake it forward to reach the final areas.

3. Now put the case in the fridge for about 20mins.

4. To remove chocolate case, hold both sides of silicon mould firmly and pull directly down.

Stage 2 Mix the cake batter and bake.

1. Spray silicon tins with cake release.

2. Fill the cases to approx 3/4 with the cake batter. I bake at 140°C fan oven for about 1hr 30m.

3. Allow to cool completely.

Stage 3 cake into case

1. The sides of the cake will need a trim to allow it to fit into the chocolate case. I also cut the base cake into 2 layers and fill.

2. Cover the cake in buttercream.

3. Gently drop the cake into the chocolate case.

Stage 4 buttercream flowers

1. Using a petal tip pipe 4 or 5 petals onto a flower nail. Repeat 5 times and leave to set. Or refridgerate.

2. Fill a piping bag with blue and white buttercream and pipe drop flowers using 2D tip.

3. Use a rose colour buttercream and pipe swirls with 2D tip. Starting on the inside and swirl out. Maybe 3 or 4 of these around the cake.

4. Use smaller drop flowers to create bunches of flowers around the cake. Fill as much as possible.

5. Pipe leaves around the cake and flowers.

6. Add the first piped flowers that are now cool and set. Carefully stick them to the cake with buttercream. Using a 1 tip add stamen to the flowers.

Try different colour combinations to match your theme.

Thanks for visiting!

Cookies with chocolate chunks

These cookies are soft in the middle, just how cookies should be. They are one of my first baking successes and a recipe I have made time and again for the past 5 years.

Perfect if you have little time to prepare, for impromptu get togethers and baking with the kids. Or like I find, an ideal sweet treat when I have no desire to go to the shops!

You will need a bowl, spoon, scales and a tray or two lined with greaseproof paper.

Ingredients:

125g stork or butter

175g caster sugar

50g soft brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

225g self raising flour

60 – 150g dark and white chocolate chunks (amount/type is your choice)

Method:

Set the oven to 180°C (fan)

1. Mix the stork/butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together.

2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.

3. Add the flour and mix with a spoon until a dough has formed.

4. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

5. Make into 12 equal (ish) sized balls.

6. Cook for about 10mins. You’ll want the cookies to have a bit of a golden colour on the edges but still be soft in the middle. They get firmer as they cool.

Best eaten warm and delicious with ice cream. Will keep for a few days covered up.