Well the wee man is another year older. Five years old means “big boy” and much closer to the wise old age of his big sister than the age of four was. She is seven and is held in great esteem with regards to her vast knowledge of the world. She can whistle! Fortunately this year our youngest did not request a cake as grand as last year’s three tier Angry Birds birthday cake, but rather, since he was getting a Bumblebee Transformer for a gift he wanted a cake to match.
Mind, this request was made the day before his birthday party so some serious replanning had to occur. Fortunately, the fine folk over at Lékué had sent me a fantastic goody box of their products to play with including one of their silicone number cake moulds, so that was a good starting point. Lékué have kindly offered one of my readers a silicone number mould of their choice in a Giveaway, so scroll down to the bottom to enter via Rafflecopter for your chance to win one of these fab cake moulds of your very own!
Starting with my trusty wicked chocolate cake recipe (slightly adapted from a recipe found in the Reader’s Digest The Cook’s Scrapbook – 1995), the cake recipe now used for all birthday cakes in this household, I set to work. I always make this same cake recipe because a) it’s delicious and inexpensive, b) it keeps well (the flavour seems to improve with age) and c) it can withstand the weight of a lot of icing! The batter quantity also fits perfectly into this Lékué number five cake mould (capacity 1700 ml). I baked the cake the day before and left it overnight in the silicone mould to cool. It turned out well but a little bit of cake did stick in the inner corner of the top of the five. It wasn’t noticeable in the final product.
Also in the box of goodies was this chocolate lollipop silicone mould which was an absolute dawdle to use. You boil a kettle, pour the boiling water into a small saucepan, plonk a heatproof bowl over the top with 90 grams of broken chocolate pieces in it. Come back and stir every now and again until it’s melted and smooth and fill the moulds with the chocolate. I stuck some raisins on the back of the melted chocolate, but other dried fruit and nuts could be used too. Insert the lollipop sticks in the handy little spaces, bung in the fridge for 20 minutes until it solidifies and away you go! Easy peasy! The kids loved these, but displaying them was a little challenge. I used an inverted clay colander over a little bowl filled with clay baking beads, but a piece of foam in a bowl or cup would work well too.
So, back to the cake. The birthday boy was getting a bumblebee transformer (my personal favourite transformer) and so of course the cake had to be yellow, black and grey (yay for Renshaw ready to roll icing!). I opted for a more simple option by covering the cake entirely in white ready to roll icing, as a smooth base, before repeating with yellow. The top was made by tracing around the base of the cake mould into paper, cutting it out and using it as a template for the icing which was rolled out onto some greaseproof baking paper. The large number five was then carefully transferred onto the top of the cake using the baking paper to help. The sides of the cake were covered in strips of ready to roll icing the height of the cake and I made black stripes to hide the join where the top and sides meet (and because Bumblebee has two black stripes!).
To make the Transformers decoration on the top of the cake I printed off a colouring picture I found on the internet, scaled down to fit the space I had available (a Google images search comes up with all sorts of free designs). This was used as a template for the grey ready to roll icing set on a black base. Simple, yet effective, I think.
Alas, there was no black writing icing to be found in any of the shops I went to, so I used some black ready to roll icing to cut out Happy Birthday letters in the Transformers font and stuck them to the cardboard cake base (which was also covered in white icing since it was originally silver and didn’t look very nice). Again, I thought this was quite effective. Topped with five silver candles the birthday boy and his friends were most impressed!
If you would like to win your own numbered cake mould to try this yourself, scroll down and enter via the Rafflecopter entry form! Good luck! 🙂
- 275 grams plain flour
- 1.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 175 grams caster sugar
- 150 grams dark muscovado sugar
- 225 ml water
- 60 grams Fairtrade cocoa powder
- 115 grams unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp distilled malt vinegar
- 150 ml single cream
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1.25 kg white ready to roll icing
- 750 grams yellow ready to roll icing
- 250 grams black ready to roll icing
- 100 grams grey ready to roll icing
- large round cake board
- 125 grams chocolate frosting
- black edible ink pen
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 birthday cake
Lékué Silicone Cake Mould Giveaway
How to Enter
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Terms & Conditions
This giveaway is open to UK entries only. Entrants must be age 18 or over. Winners will need to respond with their choice of prize within 48 hours of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being selected.
The prize is offered and provided by Lékué but it will be posted out by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. The prize is a single Lékué numbered silicone cake mould. There is no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable. Please allow at least one month from the end of the competition for delivery.
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Closing date is midnight on Sunday 13 April 2014 and the winner will be announced that day.
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Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary was sent a complimentary box of silicone bakeware by Lékué for review. This is not a paid post and I was not required to write a positive review.