Its that time of year again when my son decides that he wants a cake with everything he is into on it for his birthday and he wants it to be 3D and he wants it to lights up and have 30 moshlings on it.
For anyone who doesn’t know what moshlings or moshi monsters are I will explain because I am sure you are dying to know. As the title suggests they are monsters who all have likes and dislikes, specific habitats and general personality traits. Moshlings are their pets. There are books, magazines, tattoos, cards to collect, toys and a website to make sure that kids can squeeze every last penny out of their parents in order to keep up with the Moshies.
Between myself and Dexter we decided on a 3d Oddie (looks like a doughnut and is one of the foodie moshlings) so I had to think of a way of making an edible structure if possible without it being too heavy to support the doughnut shape.
Rice crispy cake is what I decided on as it is not as heavy as sponge cake filled with butter cream and jam. That said once you ave melted 3 bags of marshmallows (slightly less than three bags – yum) and butter into the rice cripsies they are pretty heavy.
I used a savarin mould (doughnut shaped) to make each half of the doughnut (Oddie). I buttered the mould first and then pushed in the crispy mixture while it was still soft and then left in the fridge to harden.
Once both halves were done I had to stick them together which I did by placing a cushion of rolled out sugarpaste between the halves and then brushing edible glue onto the sugarpaste and sandwiching it between the crispy cakes.
However, I found that however much the halves had hardened in the fridge, once they were out and in room temperature they softened up again and the hole in the middle of Oddie was being distorted by the weight ogf the top of the doughnut.
I had to find a way of supporting the weight and keeping the hole in the centre round. I used the centre of a roll of tape. I found a wide tape roll which had a reinforced centre and would be strong enough for the job. It is no problem to use an inedible support inside a cake providing it is not a surprise to whoever eats it. If I was making this cake for a client I would let them know at the start of their enquiry that the cake may require some internal support and then make it clear on the order where the supports are.
Once this was in place it held the top really well and then I could cover it with sugarpaste which I did in sections as it was a very ackward shape to cover. I then got Dexter to sign off on the quality of Oddie and put him to one side (Oddie not Dexter).
The cake part of this creation was a square cake which had an overlapping strip all the way around the sides of the cake looking like a rainbow so that I would have a shallow well that I could fill with sweets and have Oddie sitting in the centre of all the sweets.
I had some edible prints done of the moshling swap cards with some of Dexter’s fave moshlings on them. He really wanted to have them paper clipped onto something as this is how the info is presented in his comprehensive guide to the world of moshlings.
I order my edible pictures from a great company who can cater for whatever my requiremments are rather than being limited to a specific range.
I email my order and I usually receive it the following day which is fantastic.
Dexter thought the pictures were fantastic and wanted to eat some just to prove to himself they were edible.I stuck these around the sides of the cake and then piped the paper clips over them to look like they had been attached to the top of the rainbow.
Once all this was done I could place Oddie in the centre and fill the top with sweets. I put some supports in place underneath Oddie to ensure that he did not sink into the cake.
He was not very very heavy but I wanted to be sure that he would stay in place.
The next thing was to open bags and bags of sweets and put them all around Oddie. Dexter wanted to help put the lollipops in place until he decided he would rather eat them.
It was great serving this cake to the kids at Dexter’s party because they all just got stuck in picking the the sweets off and munching away.