Jump to content

Cake advice for a baking pinhead


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#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 Jenferal

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 Jenferal

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!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.