Doctor Who : Tardis Cake How to make.
Those of you that follow my facebook page would probably already know that my 6 year old is a massive Doctor Who fan. This handsome little guy has been watching Doctor Who since he was 3 years old! Yeah I know right, what child sits still and watches complete episodes of this quirky show? ! Um Hello that would be mine!
A day after his 5th birthday he told me sternly "Mummy for my next birthday I want a Doctor Who cake. Can you please make it?" Well at the time I said yes, but didn't realise he was going to hold me to it! Fast forward almost 12 months and the pressure was on. I had made my first ganache/fondant covered cakes only a couple of months earlier so i wasn't sure how or what i was going to pull off. I had envisioned some type of round cake with a few DW toppers- nothing fancy or two difficult...
And suddenly a week before his birthday I find myself planning on a 3D Tardis cake! Um what the? Yes crazy I know! It may look simple at first but when you think about the straight lines and my not so steady hand it starts to unravel itself as the most difficult cake I have ever made.
I ran into a few issues along the way and learned lots of new skills from the major mistakes I made like having enough cake to start off with! Also I wasn't confident in covering such a large rectangle so my method is a little unconventional and probably more related to a gingerbread house technique! Ohhhh! And planning enough time to complete it. (I literally had no time to cover the cake board) I also had to use my cobweb laden corner of the brain that has some form of mathematics ability! EEEK!
In the end though, I am really proud of this cake, not just because my son absolutely loved it but also because I accomplished my goal of making straight edged ganache. I think I did darn well for a first time and hopefully next time I will get my fondant even straighter.
So now that I have raved on about my TARDIS, here is a few visual steps on how I made my son's birthday cake, start to finish...
|Planning and Cutting Fondant panels|
|Making the light, dusting to age panels, stacking layers|
|Making ganache that sets over night, getting the level|
right before ganache on the outside.
|Putting the Tardis cake together was tricky!|
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