Cake Icing and Decorating

yodagirl, Oct 25, 7:45pm
Right, I'm 'attemptng' to make the Winnie the Pooh birthday cake for my son (the one where he is holding the balloon). Anyway, what kind of icing do I use? Do I need to do a first layer on the cake first in a chocolate based icing? Where do I buy icing equipment from in CHCH?


tortenz, Oct 25, 10:34pm
If it's the one I think it is, it's a shaped Wilton tin?

Just make up butter cream icing, colour it using gel colours, and pipe it on with a star nozzle.It's really easy, those tins are great for people who are just trying cake decorating out for the first time.

You don't need to do a first layer, just straight onto the cake.So you would need a piping bag, star nozzle, gel colours (otherwise your colours won't be bright enough, or the right colour), and butter cream icing.

I don't know where you would get it from in CHCH... cheaper off TM, but there should be some at a specialist kitchen shop, etc.

pam.delilah, Oct 25, 10:48pm
go and have a look at stoplight and go to wilton's website for icing and decorating ideas

yodagirl, Oct 26, 1:19am
Thank you all so much for your help!!!I'm having a terrible day!! first attempt at the preschool birthday cake was an epic fail!Second one in oven now! Looking a bit more hopeful. So I hope it tastes ok!!Burnt my lunch as well!I just hope that the Winnie the Pooh cake I make will be a success! Nerve wracking!Does anyone have a recipe for the cake mix?Or a suggestion of one I could use?


tortenz, Oct 26, 2:07am
Use one you are comfortable with... one less thing to stress about :)

eternity04, Oct 27, 10:13am
Chocolate Cake

1 cup water
115g butter or marg
3 Tbls cocoa
¼ tsp of baking soda
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups SR flour/ or 2 cups of plain flour and 2 tsp baking powder

Pre-heat the oven to 180oC.
Place the water, butter, sugar, baking soda and cocoa into a pot. Bring to a simmer, simmer for 1 minute. Let the mixture cool down, add lightly beaten eggs and vanilla. Add the sifted flour and mix well.
Pour into a well greased cake pan. Cook for 45 - 50 minutes.

I always double this recipe and I use the shaped tins all the time. Make sure you grease the tin well so it won't stick in any of the detail areas.

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