Friday, September 10, 2010

It's Shaun the Sheep!

As you get older birthdays become less and less of a big deal. Luckily I have a couple of kids to live vicariously through ;)

Every year I look forward to J's birthday, normally selecting which cake I will make him well in advance. Now he is a bit older of course I have to let him have a say too.

This year I got the ABC Kids Cakebook from the bookclub at work, so for his third birthday (just before we went on holiday) we selected Shaun the Sheep.

It looked simple enough, get some soft icing and dye it black. Hmmm, seems it made me black long before it did the icing, oh well...

Finally the icing turned black, after about half a bottle of black food colouring and I was ready to shape my body parts.

The completed Shaun cake required 2 cakes so I decided to make one plain and one chocolate. Time to cut out the body.

As all big kids know, the icing is the best part of the cake. This cake requires meringue icing. Yummmmmmmmmmy!

As the meringue icing doesn't keep long I had to make it just before the party. Assembly always takes longer than expected, got him made just in time. Not a bad effort hey?

Shaun was a big hit and our "big" 3 year old was very pleased with him.

Sadly the problem with character cakes is you have to cut them up and eat them! Hmmm seems a bit wrong LOL....

Just under 6 months until A's first birthday, perhaps just a little too early to select her cake.


  1. What a fantastic effort Erika! You are a brave woman for sure, LOL. And a great mum too. :)

  2. Love that cake! I might have to hunt down that cakebook! My 3yo loves reading the cake books and changing his mind about which cake he wants... now he flips through and asks me which cake I want for my next birthday - not sure who will make it though!

  3. I can't believe you made that sheep! That's amazing!
    But you are definately right abou the problem with character cakes, or food in general. When I was a child, I would never eat my marzipan pigs (or whatever else character they had). I am glad to have progressed from that phase in the mean time. But it still does feel a bit weird to eat something having a persona :)