I love birthdays. I love thinking of the perfect present. I love baking and/or eating the cake. But most of all, I love it when there's a theme.
This week, it was my housemate's 21st birthday. Which meant it had to be amazing. And being who she is, she chose to have a Disney themed birthday.
It took her almost a month to choose who she was going as (seriously, I'm not kidding, she's terrible at making decisions), but eventually she decided to go as Cinderella. And because out of the four of us, I'm the only other baker, it was up to me to make her birthday cake.
Immediately I was thinking of ideas, and we both got a bit too excited. It actually got to the stage, while we were writing dissertations and essays, that she would look at pictures of cake during her breaks and send me said pictures. It soon became a daily thing for her to do.
So finally, after weeks of making costumes, organising presents and buying last minute cake decorations, her birthday arrived, and I was able to make the cake.
Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find sugar mice? I looked in all of the sweet shops in Nottingham, and they didn't have a single one! Fortunately, I found some chocolate mice, but I really had my heart set on sugar mice. They gave me such joy as a child :)
For this cake I used a large cupcake mold, and decided to decorate with some blue and marshmallow icing (recipe below). I then made some pumpkins out of fondant icing, as well as cutting out some shoes and a clock.
Overall, I'm so happy with it, when my housemate saw it she was so happy, it made all of the effort put into it worth it.
1 Jar of Marshmallow Fluff
100g Unsalted Butter
200g Icing Sugar
Cream together the butter and icing sugar, until the mixture is pale. Add the marshmallow fluff a bit at a time, until the mixture is white throughout. Taste between each addition, in case you don't like your icing too sweet. The mixture can get a bit thick, so adding milk helps to make it a bit easier to stir.