Considering the prevalence of superhero stuff for 5 year olds, it was quite a surprise when he asked if he could have a cake like an F14 Tomcat.
Here's what I made for him:
|Candle missiles :-)|
For his card I chose a Star Wars theme, as we've just started watching some of the films:
|The XWing twirls around the death star as you tip the card|
- Cake: Waitrose white regal icing, Dr Oetker's coloured regal icing, Dr Oetker's silver shimmer spray, black, green & orange food colouring, Supercook black gel icing writer, silver candles, cocoa powder, Little Venice Cake Company decorating tools
- Papers: Doodlebug 12x12 glitter card "Beetle Black", black paper
- Embellishments: Anita's outline sticker letters, Stick It circular foam pads
- Tools: XCut nesting dies "Circles", QuicKutz nesting frame dies "Circles"
- Bob wanted to help make the cake, and we made two batches of Victoria sponge - one plain, one chocolate, and put them in the tin in uneven layers, so that the finished cake would look more interesting.
- To get the shape, I Googled for a plan view drawing of an F14, printed it out, then cut it into sections to make up a square so I could see how to cut the cake.
- For the speed-blurred landscape background I covered the cake board with green icing, then drew on streaks of green food colouring and dragged cocoa powder over it with my finger.
- I used a decorating tool to make grooves in the icing to show where the wings and tail planes were.
- I painted two circles of icing orange to look like the flames of the afterburners
- I made two tail fins that I intended to add just before I took it to the table, but forgot to add them!
- It doesn't show up in the photo, but the background is black glitter card, so looks like twinkling stars.
- I used masking tape to keep the circle dies in place to make sure the channel for the slider was an even width all the way round.
- I used a white card blank that I first covered with black paper. Then, in the bottom of the slider groove, I stuck the ring of card removed when I cut the groove. The rest of the glitter card is raised up on two layers of foam tape, to give space for the slider to run.
- The death star, x-wing and tie fighter are all print outs of images I found with Google.
- I tried to think of a pun around the word "sith" but with a "5", but couldn't think of anything Bob was likely to understand!