At first, his colleague wanted a TARDIS cake for his son, who was turning 13. Now I'm a firm believer in not agreeing to do anything you're not sure you can actually do well in business, so I relayed the message (feeling a little guilty but also that I was going the right thing), that I was sorry, but I didn't think I could pull off a TARDIS. After all, I don't really make cakes that look like stuff and don't pretend to have any experience or skill in making cakes look like stuff- I just make generally pretty cakes. The last thing I wanted to do was agree to make a cake, take money, and make a cake ending up looking like crap.
My dad's colleague was determined, though. What about an Xbox cake?
Hmm, this did seem to be less potentially less fiddly than a TARDIS. I had reservations, but dad, in his own way of encouraging me, said 'it's just a box shape, isn't it?' Well- yes and no. It's a box with a subtle curving shape, vents in the sides and top, and a number of buttons and things. And, like a TARDIS, it'd need fondant icing to make decorate, which I've never used before (I'm a buttercream and ganache kind of girl).
However, I agreed to do it, choosing to ignore my doubts. I made a vanilla sponge with strawberry jam and buttercream filling, covering it and decorating it with fondant. It took me around seven hours to make, and I had a lot of fun making it. It won't be the last fondant cake I make, certainly, now I've been bitten by the fondant bug.
|This cake was IMPOSSIBLE to photograph.|
Not precisely perfect, but not too bad for my first time using fondant to cover and decorate a cake, I think. The recipient was apparently pleased though, and that's all that counts.