It was my beautiful god-daughter Poppy’s birthday a few weeks ago, and like many two-year-olds she’s got a bit of a thing for Mr Tumble. And why wouldn’t she? Everything in his world is bright and spotty! So I set about trying to impress her with a homemade Mr Tumble spotty cake.
For this cake you will need:
- Ingredients for a basic sponge
- Two sandwich tins the same size, plus one smaller one
- Strawberry jam
- Ready-to-roll icing in red, blue, green and two packets of yellow
- Baking paper
- Circular cutters in a variety of sizes
Begin by making your sponge as per your recipe. Bear in mind you’ll need double the usual quantity, as this is really two cakes, one on top of the other. While the cakes are cooling, make your buttercream.
Once your cakes are completely cooled, sandwich the two larger cakes together with a layer of jam and buttercream. Then cut the smaller cake in half with a sharp knife and sandwich together as above.
Spread the remaining buttercream all the way around the top and sides of both cakes. This will act as a glue to stick the ready-to-roll icing to the cake. I called in baking reinforcement – thanks, Tia! – for the final decoration, after she’d made this beautiful wedding cake last year.
Roll out both packets of yellow icing between sheets of grease proof paper, which you’ve covered in icing sugar.
To transfer the icing to the cake transfer the icing into the palm of your hand and place quickly onto the centre of the cake. Smooth the edges down from the top of the cake to the bottom. Trim any excess icing off the bottom of the cake and smooth out any bumps with your finger.
Repeat the process with the blue icing for the smaller cake. I used fish slices to carefully move this cake onto the bigger one.
Roll out the remaining icing onto baking paper covered in icing sugar. Using different size circular cutters, cut out enough spots to cover both cakes. To attach the spots to the cake, mix together a small bowl of water and icing sugar to form a paste. Dab a small amount on the back of each spot and place them onto the cake. Hold them in place for a few seconds to ensure they stick.
With the leftover icing, Tia cut out a number ‘2’ for the smaller blue cake and a spotty bag to sit on the larger cake. To keep the bag in place we used half a cocktail stick (just remember to take it out before cutting the cake!).
The birthday girl was thrilled with her party and with her cake. Happy birthday, Poppy!
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