I recently have not written many posts in my blog. That is not because I haven’t been thinking about it, nor because I haven’t got a lot of recipes (in fact I have a whole folder of them ready – albeit not many with photos), but its mainly because life has just been a bit manic. True to form, the other weekend, I had a packed weekend including going to a festival and other such delights, and two day’s before the festival (with an already tight agenda) my friend asked me to bake her a cake for a friend’s son. Not wanting to disappoint, I said yes!! I ended up baking the cake at midnight, going to bed at 2am, getting back up at 7.30am, finishing the cake for 11am, and going straight to the festival. The things you do for the love of what you enjoy doing! However, for a ‘quick’ cake, I think its not bad!
The boy’s name was Iwo, and he was 6 years old. The photos show a very happy boy with his face lit up with such delight – the boy’s smile made it all worth it!
To make Iwo’s Batman Cake:
Use my basic vanilla sponge cake that I use for cupcakes, and double the recipe. For each tin I baked (I cooked 3 x 9inch cakes), they took about 30minutes in the oven at 180C. Let them cool completely (overnight) on a wire rack. Make some butter icing, place a small dollop onto the middle of your cake board, and center the first layer onto the board. Heat up 2 large tablespoons of raspberry or strawberry jam, with a touch of water. Layer the first cake with the jam. Then cover with a thin layer of butter icing. Position the second layer of cake, and repeat with the jam and butter icing.
When you add your third and final layer, cover the whole cake with butter icing. Make sure you use a palate knife, and keep the palate knife in hot water, to help you smooth out the butter icing. Make sure it is as smooth as possible, with no lumps,and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
For the decoration, I used three colours. I used a bought packet of black icing (1kg), because it is quite hard to make decent black icing. I then coloured two pieces of white fondant icing about 400g each, one with Americolor Electric Yellow with a touch of Americolor Electric Orange, and the other with Americolor Super Black, to create the grey. To colour icing, you essentially have to warm the icing up first, by kneading. Then flatten it out a little with the ball of your hand. Place a small dollop of the icing gel into the middle of the fondant icing, fold the edges over, and knead and pull the icing apart, eventually, you will get an even ball of colour. In terms of how much colouring to use – will depend on you, so it is a bit of trial and error. If it becomes too dark, you can always add more white fondant icing, to lighten it.
Once you have created your colours, keep them in plastic bags wrapped up at all times, because they dry out very easily.
Dust your table and rolling pin with Cornflour (this is silkier and better than Icing Sugar), and roll out the black icing. Measure the cake length ways across the top and down both sides to find out what size you need to roll out the icing to. Once you have rolled it out to the correct length, brush the cake with warm water, this will help the fondant icing to stick. Cover the cake with the black icing, and carefully fold it down the sides. Knead the remaining black icing into a ball and keep to one side wrapped up.
Then roll out the grey icing, and cut into strips of all different heights and widths. I used a ruler and sharp knife to do this. Very lightly score the back of the grey icing using a knife, do the same for the area of the cake that you want to stick the grey block to, rub the scored icing with water, and stick the scored areas together (i.e the back of the grey block onto the black icing).
Roll out the yellow icing, cut an oval shape and stick to the top of the cake, in the same way I explained for the grey blocks. Cut small squares, and stick them on randomly onto the grey blocks, to look as if the lights from the buildings are on. I free-hand carved Iwo’s name – if you wanted someone’s name on it, you could also do that, or use letter stamps.
For the batman sign, find an image of it on the computer and print it. Cut the symbol out, position it onto the rolled out black icing, and trace around it using a sharp knife. Stick it to the center of the yellow oval, using the same technique as the grey blocks.