This is a story of disaster and resurrection. Phoenix from the ashes sort of stuff. One minute you’re holding a handful of rocket crumbs and the next you’re singing “happy birthday” with a very presentable little blue car.
Jenny tells us the story of the rocket that wouldn’t… “Well, we put two cakes together standing up and cut two wedges to put between them, then we skewered them together. Then we put two triangle shaped pieces on top, back to back and skewered them in too. However, I think the thing was just too tall. After the icing went on we noticed it starting to tilt forward, so after a lot of laughing about how we were going to stop the cake from crashing before take off, we skewered it some more and then put it in the fridge hoping that would help stabilise it.
I then jumped on the phone to my mum for some help – she suggested putting a wedge underneath to support it. When I opened the fridge to insert the wedge it was just in time to catch a rocket tumbling into thousands of crumbs!!
Here are the instruction for the car.
“The cake was a butter cake recipe from the Additive Free Parties book.
In all, I made 3 cakes in loaf tins and put 2 of them side by side and the third on top to make the shape of the car.
Because of the broken bits of cake I used quite a few skewers to hold it all together but you may not need them .
I used our Hopper blue colour with a butter cream icing. When icing the cake I did one layer first because it was very crumby, then I put it in the fridge for a while til it set a bit and then did another layer of icing to finish it off.
The smarties are Nestle – I had planned to use the Little Gems as I did on the rocket but I used them all up on the rocket! The rest of the additions are Eskal Marshmellows, Sweet William choc buds and short bread biscuits for wheels.”