Although I’ve always baked traditional cakes, it wasn’t until I became a mum that I started making the carved novelty type cakes that are now my favourite to create. So far Hannah has had everything from the Teletubbies, the Tweenies, and Groovy Chick in her early childhood, through lots of Harry Potter cakes to last year’s Twilight cake.
This year she wanted a medical theme. ER has long been a favourite of hers; we just had to decide which bit of the set to recreate. Hannah eventually decided on the green trauma room with her as the patient and, after several hours of watching DVDs, we found some clips which showed the whole room.
I had originally thought that in order to make the cake as detailed as we wanted to that I would have to take a whole week to make it. However, the best laid plans etc… and after two poorly girls at the beginning of the week, and an order for Brown & Green, I found myself starting to decorate the cake on Thursday afternoon for the party straight after school on Friday. Not ideal to say the least.
Hannah was really keen to make the cake with me, but a heavy homework schedule meant that she only managed to make herself. She did a great job for her first sugar figure don’t you think?
One of my favourite elements was the X-ray screen. Hannah has had problems with her joints since being very young, and regularly ends up in A&E herself, so it was an obvious choice to depict her most frequently x-rayed limbs etc on the cake.
The walls were made of gum paste. I was really nervous about these. Normally I would allow at least 3 or 4 days for them to dry before attaching to the cake but this time they had less than 24 hours.
This wall had a blind on it, and this was made by overlapping rice paper strips, and dusting with silver food colouring powder.
The cupboards were made by drawing onto rice paper with food colouring pens. The rice paper simply adheres to the damp gum paste.
The coloured rice paper then had a further layer added, to make the cupboard doors and to give an overall impression of opaque glass. At Emily’s suggestion, one of the cupboard doors was left open.
Given all the time constraints, I was really pleased with the finished cake. Hannah and her friends were certainly impressed.
I really enjoyed making this cake for Hannah. Happy Birthday to you! x