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#1 mini mac

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:19 PM

It's DS1's 2nd birthday soon and I want to make him a '2' cake. (DUH!) wink.gif

I'm not the most adventurous cook and I should probably say not particularly patient nor creative so I want to do something reasonably simple but effective and cute... Thinking most likely a car design or something else typically boyish if it will be easier.

Anybody out there have a recipe and/or a simple design I could copy please???

Or I might even end up going the cheat's method and buy one if time is not my friend leading up to the day... Is there anyone preferrably NOR in Perth that can tell me of a cheap and good cake maker that could do it for us without it costing an arm and a leg?

#2 Nastyflea

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

Go buy the Women's Weekly Kids cake cook books. They have Number cakes which are easy and use packet cake mixes original.gif

#3 PrincessPeach

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:31 PM

You can also Hire number shaped cake tins from cake shops.

As far as making the cake, white wings packet cakes would be my recommendation - although when using any packet cake important step - SIFT THE MIX when you put it into the bowl.

It makes a huge difference honestly.

#4 Bodacious Prime

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE (Mini Mac @ 11/02/2013, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Or I might even end up going the cheat's method and buy one if time is not my friend leading up to the day... Is there anyone preferrably NOR in Perth that can tell me of a cheap and good cake maker that could do it for us without it costing an arm and a leg?

Good cakes aren't cheap.
You'd be better off baking up a few packet mixes and then with a paper template you can easily carve the number 2. Decorate with butter cream, it's more forgiving and cheaper than fondant. Google Images and Pinterest are great for inspiration.

#5 mini mac

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

Yes, sifting a pre mix is a golden piece of advice!!

Thanks Jenflea, I'll go steal my mums WW book and have a look. I don't know why I didn't think of that! It was a train cake on the front right???

Strange thing is, I don't remember my mum actually making any of those cakes, but we always had the book out and went through it before birthdays picking out which we wanted that year!!

#6 mini mac

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

QUOTE (Bodacious Prime @ 11/02/2013, 12:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good cakes aren't cheap.
You'd be better off baking up a few packet mixes and then with a paper template you can easily carve the number 2. Decorate with butter cream, it's more forgiving and cheaper than fondant. Google Images and Pinterest are great for inspiration.


True. Just being wishful that someone would do it for me biggrin.gif

Thanks, I'll jump on Pinterest now

#7 elmo_mum

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:11 PM

if you want a "number cake"

hire the number from a cake supplies shop!!

easy peasy!!!


i have a no fail ckae batter
no fail as in the oven i have was fubard, and it still worked!!!

butter cake

#8 Xander2

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

I just made a cake for my daughter a few weeks ago (and I'm no baker!!).  I got it from a website that sends you a box with absolutely everything in it you need.  I made a lady bug cake and it had everything, a rolling pin, the cake mix, the icing mix and all the different coloured fondant icing all ready to roll out, it even had a disposable cake tin and 2 pipe cleaners for the ladybug's feeler thingys!  All I needed was an egg and some butter.   It also had awesome (and very easy to understand!) instructions.  It was 'caketotherescue' and on their website they had heaps of designs.  My little boy's birthday is in 4 weeks and I'm going for round 2  biggrin.gif

#9 9ferals

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

You can hire number tins from a place in Balcatta which makes number cakes very simple.

http://www.caketinznthingz.com.au/Tinhire.html

I made a "21" cake a few years ago using their tins and it was pretty straightforward - just be aware that the tins don't have a bottom so you need to cover them with foil and sit them on a flat tray to cook.

I used a Betty Crocker packet mix and pre made icing - which would be absolutely frowned upon by purists but if you don't have much time or expertise its a simple way to get a good result.


#10 LemonPie

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

You can also hire cake tins from toy libararies - ours was hiring them out at $6 for a few days I think.  Check out Op Shops as they may have tins too.

I bought my tin as I thought I'd get more use out of it.  I used Something for Cake - they were very helpful and also told me to call them if I had any problems  biggrin.gif

I had to make a Dolly Varden cake for the first time ever last week and used the white wings raspberry swirl sponge packet mix - worked like a charm and was light and yummy too...I was very surprised!

Another cheat option is to buy the sponges from Woolies or Coles and cut to size.  Put in the fridge for a little while as it will make the icing easier (relief from crumbs).

I read a lot of the cake threads here on EB for advice too.

Good luck!

Edited by LemonPie, 11 February 2013 - 03:26 PM.


#11 *cough*

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

You used to be able to buy slabs of cake too - I think from the bigger IGA supermarkets. Just sponge alrady cooked so all you'd have to do is cut into shape and decorate.

#12 mini mac

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

QUOTE (elmo_mum @ 11/02/2013, 01:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
if you want a "number cake"

hire the number from a cake supplies shop!!

easy peasy!!!


i have a no fail ckae batter
no fail as in the oven i have was fubard, and it still worked!!!

butter cake


That is fantastic! We have just moved and the oven is a bit dodge too! Thanks

#13 mini mac

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (Rubybelle @ 11/02/2013, 01:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can hire number tins from a place in Balcatta which makes number cakes very simple.

http://www.caketinznthingz.com.au/Tinhire.html


Wicked!

#14 mini mac

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

QUOTE (Xander2 @ 11/02/2013, 01:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just made a cake for my daughter a few weeks ago (and I'm no baker!!).  I got it from a website that sends you a box with absolutely everything in it you need.  I made a lady bug cake and it had everything, a rolling pin, the cake mix, the icing mix and all the different coloured fondant icing all ready to roll out, it even had a disposable cake tin and 2 pipe cleaners for the ladybug's feeler thingys!  All I needed was an egg and some butter.   It also had awesome (and very easy to understand!) instructions.  It was 'caketotherescue' and on their website they had heaps of designs.  My little boy's birthday is in 4 weeks and I'm going for round 2  biggrin.gif


Who thinks of these things?? That's great!

#15 Nastyflea

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

I googled the cake rescue site and it looks pretty good and not at all expensive!
http://www.cake2therescue.com.au/index.php

#16 9ferals

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

Oh, one more bit of advice:  ice with a "crumb coat" first.

This means that you ice the cake all over with a very thin layer of icing and let it set before you ice it properly.  This "glues" the crumbs to the cake so they don't go all through your pretty top layer of icing.

#17 elizabethany

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:16 PM

You can also "glue" down crumbs on a cut cake using egg white.

Buttercream Icing:

125g butter
1 1/2 cups icing sugar/icing mixture
2 Tbs (40 mls) milk

Mix butter with an electric beater until as white as possible.
Sift in half the icing sugar and beat until smooth
Add milk and mix
Sift in the other half of icing mixture.

Try it.  If it tastes too much like butter, add more icing sugar.

I did a rocket for DS's 2nd on the weekend, and for cake I used a sponge roll from woolies and a muffin from bakers delight for the point.  Then icing and lollies.



#18 mini mac

Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:36 AM

Ooh elizabethany that looks fantastic!




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