A couple of weeks ago my daughter turned 5. She wanted a Peppa Pig cake and Peppa Pig is what she got!
Since my 9-year-old daughter was 1 years old, my husband and I have made some pretty good cakes (if I say so myself!). I usually bake them and make the icing and my husband designs them – cutting out, icing and adding the details. The cake highlights over the years have been a Dorothy the Dinosaur cake, Thomas the Tank Engine cake, Shark and butterfly cakes and a Lego man cake.
Here are the step by step instructions to make a Peppa Pig cake to look like this.
For this Peppa Pig cake, we used a rectangle baking/cake pan, like this.
Here is the recipe we used for the cake. It is a tried and true vanilla cake a friend from America gave me when we lived there and I have made at least 17 of these. I have included the real recipe and the double recipe for a larger cake.
Simple white cake
Ingredients (single cake) Ingredients (double cake)
200 g white sugar (castor or raw) 400 g sugar (castor or raw)
115g butter (or margarine) 200 g sugar (or margarine)
2 eggs 4 eggs
10 ml vanilla extract 10 ml vanilla extract
190 g self raising flour 380 g self raising flour
120 ml milk 240 ml mil (or slightly less depending on consistency)
1. Preheat oven to 175 C. Grease and line round (20cm) cake tin or what ever shape you need your cake.
2. In a medium bowl, use a mix master to cream together sugar and butter until it is white and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Add flour and mix well. Stir in milk until the batter is smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 30 – 40 mins (a double mixture may need an extra 10 mins) in a preheated oven. Cake is done when it springs back or your folk comes out clean. Turn onto a cake rack and leave to cool before icing.
As I doubled the mixture for this Peppa Pig cake, I baked it for about 45 minutes, turning 90 degrees part way through for an even bake.
Then came the fun bit!
My husband cut the cake out using these for inspiration.
Once the cake had cooled, we cut the rectangle slab into 8 pieces;
And mounted the sections on the back of an oven tray smoothly covered in tin foil.
Once we were happy with the shape and assembly of the cake, the icing was next. Here is the recipe for vanilla frosting. Again a tried and true American recipe used for all our birthday cakes.
1 1/2 cups margarine
4 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat margarine with a blender until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar gradually until well combined. Beat in water and vanilla until just combined. Add your choice of food colouring (or use white).
For Peppa Pig, we needed two shades of pink icing. To get her head shade, we added 18 drops of red food colouring (trial and error until we got the right colour).
We then took half the icing out to ice her head and left the rest in the mixing bowl. We added 18 more drops of red food colouring and beat together to get the darker shade of pink for the dress.
To ice the cake, we used a plastic spatula and flat edged butter knife for the harder bits and to smooth it.
To add the detail, we used the Writing Icing.
To further create the theme, we stuck Peppa Pig figures with icing on their feet to the foiled oven tray. They were from the Peppa Pig house.
And there you have it, my daughters Peppa Pig cake and one very happy little girl and her preschool friends!
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