If you haven’t grasped it by now, I’m a bit mad (go read some more of the blog if you haven’t). I live with 200(ish) imaginary Cheetahs, some banana people, 48 Dinos, 48 Dino Brothers (all called ‘Strike’) and a whole load of medical needs. I’m also fond of making a cake (or 100), having a go at a bit of crafty stuff and whole-heartedly approve of kids getting stuck in and making a mess.
So when asked whether we could make an Easter Bonnet for the competition at school out of cake, the logical answer would have been….
The actual answer was – “well yes, ok then”. Then I realised (duh…) that two would be required (one for each child) and that I had to significantly up my game. The next line was the cruncher – bear in mind I have already said ‘yes’ – “and we can wear them to school…? OK, time to make a plan… and after a quick trip to Sainsburys here’s how we made an Easter Bonnet Cake…(and you could too)
you need to use ‘extra tacky’ glue and leave it to set for a bit. Patience is required – this is the frame that you’re going to build the cake on.
Using decent scissors (I used florist’s scissors that can be used to cut wire) work outwards from the hole so that it looks like this
Stop cutting when the tips of the scissors touch the edge of the bowl. I tried gluing the triangles into the bowl (to form the actual hat bit) but that so did not work. So with a bit, ok, a lot, of electrical tape I taped it all into place and made sure there were no sharp edges.
She does have quite a large head – it fits her brother better but it will have to do.
Make sure the glue is really dry.
Then get yourself a helper as you’ll need to make a shed load of rice crispie cake.
We used (for 2 hats – just) 250g butter, 10 tablespoons (ish) of golden syrup and about 500g of rice crispie (we used the basics range).
Melt the butter and golden syrup together in the microwave (do it in bursts and stir in-between) and then stir in the rice crispies until you get a thick, sticky mix. Then smother the frame in it (seriously sticky work) and leave it to set. Make sure you’re working on a tray or something else that will catch the bits!
We left it to set for 24 hours and then set about decorating it.
With icing, icing pens, sprinkles, cutters, writing icing, and anything else that I use to decorate my
more sensible cakes
Leaving us with these
and this is what his sister will be wearing on Friday. Hopefully it won’t rain, or be too hot and there won’t be any wasps about! Yes, the chick is wearing glasses – just like she does now.
Fun – yes. Messy – oh good grief, yes. Quality family time – yes. Unique – yes.