Batman Cake

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Der ner ner ner ner ner ner ner BAT CAKE! Today is Batman Day so of course I had to make a cake in Batman’s honour.

Batman has been my favourite superhero since I was a little girl. My mum even made me a Batman cake for my 4th birthday!

To make this cake I used two basic yellow cakes stacked on top of each other and used coloured fondant for the decorations.


THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO GET DOWN AND NERDY

  • 2 Green’s Vanilla Cake packets
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tbs margarine or butter
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Black and yellow fondant

prep

LET’S GET BAKING!

  1. Prepare one cake mix as per packet instructions
  2. Pour cake batter into a lined and greased round baking tin (mine is 18cm in diameter)
  3. Cook cake in 160oC gas oven for about 50 minutes (oven temperature and cooking time may vary depending on your type of oven)
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the second cake mix
  5. Once both cakes are completely cooled, cut the top off each cake using a sharp knife

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DECORATING TIME!

  1. Spread a layer of buttercream frosting all over the top of one cake
  2. Carefully place the other cake directly on top of the frosted cake
  3. Then spread a thin layer of buttercream frosting all over the entire cake
  4. Place cake in the fridge for about 10 minutes until the frosting sets slightly
  5. Meanwhile, roll out your yellow fondant until it is about 3mm thick and is large enough to cover the entire cake
  6. Take your cake out of the fridge and carefully place yellow fondant on the cake and smooth out to the base of the cake
  7. Cut the excess fondant away from cake with a sharp knife (don’t throw the excess away, you will need this to make little squares for the lights on the buildings)

fondant

For Batman and the city skyline:

  1. Roll out your black fondant until it is about 3mm thick
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut out a batman shape (I used a template I found on Google) and a city skyline to go around the base of the cake
  3. To secure your fondant pieces use a paint brush to dab a tiny amount of egg white to the back of each piece

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And then… Batman Cake = COMPLETED! *high five*

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HAPPY BATMAN DAY! 🙂

Social Media App-etizers

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This week I decided to make cookies in the shape of a few popular smart phone app icons. I kept with a simple colour scheme and decorated with three blue apps – Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

To make the cookies I used Donna Hay’s Star Cookies Recipe and to make the fondant I used MyCupcakeAddiction’s Marshmallow Fondant Recipe.

cookies


THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO GET DOWN AND NERDY

  • 250g butter
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups plain flour
  • Blue food colouring
  • Square cookie cutter
  • 1 packet Royal Icing mix
  • Piping bags and nozzles

ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare cookie dough mixture as per Donna Hay recipe
  2. Divide into 4 sections and wrap individually and place in fridge to harden
  3. Roll out cookie dough to about 1/2 cm thick
  4. Using the cookie cutter, cut squares in the dough and place on a lined baking tray ( if you don’t have a square cookie cutter you can just use a sharp knife and a ruler)
  5. Using your finger, gently round the corners of each square to look more like an app icon shape
  6. Bake in 160oC gas oven for about 8-10 minutes until edges start to turn brown (your temperature and cooking time may vary depending on your oven)
  7. Allow to cool completely before decorating


prep

TO DECORATE

  1. Prepare the Royal Icing as per packet instructions
  2. Divide mixture between two bowls
  3. Place a few drops of blue food colouring in one bowl until you have a colour similar to the Twitter background
  4. Place a few more drops of blue food colouring into the other bowl until you have a darker blue similar to that of the Facebook and LinkedIn backgrounds
  5. Spoon each mixture into a separate piping bag
  6. To decorate, outline a cookie with a single square line of icing and then fill in the centre making sure there are no gaps
  7. Repeat for all cookies, but remember, you will need more dark blue cookies than light blue cookies!

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blue cookies

THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED FOR MARSHMALLOW FONDANT (as per MyCupcakeAddiction recipe)

  • Marshmallows
  • Icing Sugar Mixture
  • Copha (Vegetable Shortening)
  • Water

LET’S DO THIS!

  1. Using only the white marshmallows, place in a bowl with 3 tsp water
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the marshmallows are melted and smooth
  3. Stir in icing sugar gradually until a dough forms
  4. Spread a layer of softened Copha over your workbench as well as over your hands to prevent dough from sticking
  5. Knead dough onto workbench and keep adding small amounts of icing sugar until desired fondant consistency
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll out fondant until about 1/4 cm thick
  7. Using a knife, cut out enough shapes for each app – you will need lowercase letters f, i and n, as well as some twitter birds. (I cut out the letters free hand with a sharp knife, and used a stencil of a Twitter bird I found on Google)

icing

Carefully place the Twitter birds on the light blue cookies and the letters on the dark blue cookies, securing each shape with a tiny amount of left over Royal Icing.

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Then you can have fun arranging your cookies however you like!

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If you make these Social Media App-etizers I’d love to see your pics!

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Happy baking! 🙂

Google Chrome Cake

Chrome Cake

What a day to kick things off with my very first baking creation!

Today is Programmer’s Day so I thought I’d bake something geeky that people might associate with programmers and developers.

I’ll admit, decorating did take some time, but the whole process was quite simple and the results were well worth the time. Anyone who is a novice baker can definitely make this cake!

Piece of Cake!


THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO GET DOWN AND NERDY

  • 2 Green’s Butter Cake packets
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tbs margarine
  • 3 family packs of plain M&Ms
  • 1 tub Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare each cake mix separately as per packet instructions
  2. Pour both prepared batters into one 25cm round tin that has been greased and lined with baking paper
  3. Place into a 160oC fan forced gas oven for 1 hr 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked (Your temperature and cooking time may vary depending on your particular oven type)
  4. Remove cake from oven and place on cake wire until completely cool
  5. Using a pallet knife, spread a thin layer of vanilla frosting all over cake including the sides

Cake prep

TO DECORATE

  1. Separate the M&Ms into the colours blue, green, red and yellow
  2. Starting in the middle of the cake place a single blue M&M
  3. Continue placing blue M&Ms in a circle around the centre M&M until it is 3 M&Ms in diameter
  4. Using the green M&Ms, start placing a line from one side of the blue circle to the edge of the cake. A third of the way around the blue circle, place another green line of M&Ms from the centre outwards to the edge of the cake
  5. Repeat step 4 to decorate the next third of the cake using red M&Ms and the final third for the yellow M&Ms (You can use the picture below as a pattern guide)
  6. Continue the colours down all sides of the cake

Stickin mah dots on

It took me about an hour and a half (I think!) to just decorate the cake with M&Ms. But take your time and it will turn out very Googley indeed!

Cuttin mah cake

I had so much fun making this cake and it tasted delicious! If you have any comments or suggestions please leave me a message below and if you decide to make this cake I would love to see your creation!

Send your pics to my Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

HAPPY PROGRAMMER’S DAY! 🙂