Little monsters

Little monsters

All-in-one orange cake

By
From
The Birthday Cake Book
Makes
16
Photographer
Laura Edwards

The more revolting and gruesome the better! Thank you to Molly and Jacob Eardley (aged 11 and 8) for designing the originals for me to copy. I have listed the colours and quantities of icing I used, but this is only a rough guide. A great way to get children involved: just give them the icing, colours, a piping bag or two (and this photo to spark their imaginations) and leave them for an hour or two! You could use food colouring pens too (although the sugarpaste will need to have dried overnight first).

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
16 cupcake cases
1 Very lemony meringue cake, cake batter only, (all lemon changed to oranges, but juice of ½ large orange only in cake)

For the syrup (optional)

Quantity Ingredient
1 orange, juiced
5 tablespoons caster sugar

For the icing

Quantity Ingredient
500g icing sugar, sifted
5-6 tablespoons orange or lemon juice

To make the monsters

Quantity Ingredient
500g white sugarpaste, (see note)
60 g piping bag white royal icing, fitted with no. 1 nozzle

Method

  1. To bake the cupcakes, line two cupcake tins with the paper cases. Divide the batter between the cases. Bake for 15–18 minutes, or until the cakes spring back to the touch. Meanwhile, if you are making the syrup, mix the orange juice and sugar in a bowl. Immediately the cakes come from the oven, prick holes all over each with a cocktail stick and douse with syrup. (Only do this after they are defrosted, if the cakes have been frozen.) Leave to cool completely in the tins.
  2. When ready to ice, place the icing sugar in a bowl and gradually add just enough orange juice to make a pourable consistency which coats the back of a spoon. Pour a spoonful or so of the icing over each cake, gently easing it over the cake with a spoon so it spreads to the edges. Allow to set for an hour or so.
  3. Divide the white sugarpaste into however many colours you wish to use (each of my monsters took 20–30 g) and colour it, keeping back a little white for the eyes and teeth. Make your monsters! Stick the monster parts together with royal icing, and decorate each cake with a monster, adhering with a blob of royal icing, if necessary.

Note

  • Use the white sugarpaste as the basis for mixing with various colours of food colour paste to yield colourful sugarpaste. Colours used in this recipe are pink, green, red, yellow, blue, violet, orange and black.
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