Thursday, 8 March 2012

Grrrr Dinosaur Birthday Cake (from Peppa Pig) - WSC

After making two 'plain' cakes for Sylvia's birthday I finally made a chocolate mud cake, which is far more my sort of cake.  It was the most challenging of her three birthday cakes.  I shaped it into George Pig's dinosaur from the children's cartoon, Peppa Pig.  Sylvia loves Georgie Pig.  More importantly, a cartoon figure is so much easier to cut out into a cake when busy.

If you don't know Georgie Pig, he is very attached to his dinosaur and is frequently heard to say "Dinosaur, Grrr).  You could see pictures of him and his dinosaur here or here or you could find Sylvia's new George pig toy in the above picture.  Actually it is a self indulgent green photo that I did to celebrate this being my 1000th post since starting my blog in 2007.

But enough about me, let me tell you about the cake.  I thought it would be easy to find guidance to making a Dinosaur cake from Peppa Pig.  The best I could find online was this photo.  So I just used images on the web to guide my drawing of a template.  I made the cake gluten free for the celiacs in my family.  A GF mud cake made for a very fragile crumbly cake.  Many others would have be sturdier but perhaps not tasted quite so good.  However it did make life more difficult when rushing to make the cake and Sylvia suddenly changing her mind and deciding she wanted a pink cake.  I finished it at 12 when I had told people to arrive.  Fortunately everyone was late!

As always I overstretched myself on the food.  Entertaining always means lots of leftovers in our house, which is just as well because I usually am happy not to cook for a few days afterwards.  The menu was:
Unlike last year when Sylvia's birthday party was on a rainy day, this year it was on a hot 34 C day.  Which perhaps would account for the fights over Sylvia's cash register so it had to be taken out of circulation.  I am not great at party games, nor is Sylvia.  For entertainment I threw the kids a bag of balloons and asked them to blow them up.  My niece Ella managed to let go of a balloon that flew into the cake!  While the kids played, the adults talked politics because the leadership challenge for our Prime Minister was looming.

Keeping Sylvia away from her birthday cake before we lit the candles and sung happy birthday was a challenge.  Once she had blown out the candles, she found that the cake was the same height as her mouth and she could easily bit into the nearest edge!  I think she might have had visions of chomping through the whole cake before I stopped her.  Whereas her cousin Cooper just wanted a piece of cake with teeth.  The cake went down very well but we had a lot of that cake leftover and lots of scraps are still in the freezer.  So long as there is cake and kids about, Sylvia is very happy and had a lovely time.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Dinosaur farm, white mudcake and teddy racers
This time two years ago: Sylvia's green pram cake
This time three years ago: Hummingbird Cake
This time four years ago: Nutroast in the time of vagueness

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Adpated from here
Makes almost 2 cups

100g white chocolate
55g butter
350g cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups icing sugar (aka confectioner's sugar)

Melt white chocolate in the microwave in a small heatproof bowl.  Stir chopped butter into white chocolate until it melts and is well mixed in.  Use electric beaters to beat in cream cheese and then gradually beat in icing sugar.

How to Make a (Peppa Pig) Dinosaur Cake

What you will need:
  • 1 mud cake baked in a lamington tin (13 x 9 inch) that has been made a day in advance to make it easier to handle - I used orange juice instead of whiskey and gluten free flour.  Any sturdy cake would work.
  • Between half and two thirds of white chocolate cream cheese frosting, with green food colouring (see above recipe)
  • Soft white lollies (aka sweeties or candy) - I used banana and cream lollies
  • Dark fudge frosting - I used a tube of pre-made frosting
  • Green lollies - I used rainbow roll ups/fruit leather would look for brighter colours next time - eg mint leaves or jelly frogs, and maybe green musk sticks for the legs and arms
  • Pen and paper for stencils
  • A large board or baking tray covered in foil
  • A skewer and a sharp knife
What to do:

Firstly take a pen and paper and draw a stencil to get the right shape.  An A4 sheet of paper fits on a lamington tray nicely but I found that two pieces helped me to view it as the cake would be.

I fitted both pieces of paper onto the cake and used a skewer to make dots around the outline.  Once these were done, I took the paper away and used a sharp knife to join the dots and draw the shapes in the cake.

The I cut out the shapes with my sharp knife.  I then had help from E to use egg flips to transfer the cake from the baking paper to my large baking tray covered in foil.  A sturdier cake would have been easier to handle.  Brush away as many crumbs as possible before frosting.

Spread the frosting over the cake.  Cut out white teeth for the mouth and use white circles to do the eyes.  Pipe a dark dot in the middle of each eye.  Cut the fins, arms and legs out of the green lollies and push them into the icing on the side.  If I had the time and patience I might have piped an outline around the cake (or used thin strips of fondant) but I am no expert at such fancy work at the best of times.  Place the candles in the cake and serve with lots of fruit and sweet food.


Chele has kindly commented that this cake would be welcome in the We Should Cocoa event this month.  The challenge is to create something green with chocolate in it.  (Hey I already did that last month!)  I'd been dreaming of some other green delights but a bird (or dinosaur) in the hand is worth two in the bush!

On the stereo:
A Short Album about Love: The Divine Comedy

30 comments:

  1. That is amazing Johanna!

    I think Peppa Pig is fantastic, the stories are so gentle and sweet, and suitable for children.

    I took my goddaughter to Peppa Pig world in the summer. It was amazing. But ia little bit of a journey for you.

    Guest posted on Sarah's site
    http://blog.maisoncupcake.com/review-peppa-pig-world/

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    1. Thanks Helen - Peppa Pig is a great show - I love it because it is only 5 minutes long which is great on days when I don't want Sylvia to watch tv for too long :-) Thanks for the link - loved reading about Peppa Pig World - Sylvia would love it if only it were closer

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  2. Wow - what a spread. That cake is awesome though, so much fun too. And as an added bonus would also count for this month's We Should Cocoa challenge ;0)

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    1. Thanks Chele - I have taken your hint and added this to We Should Cocoa - never thought of this as fitting the bill but was probably too busy thinking about grand plans I don't have time for :-)

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  3. Just great and I agree with Chele, what a spread! Cooper to loves Peppa Pig and now the tune is going through my head. *damn*

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    1. Thanks Jac - that tune is very catchy!

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  4. What an amazing cake and a lovely spread of different things for Sylvia's party! I'm always impressed by your shaped birthday cakes and this one is no exception - stunning.

    Congratulations on your 1000th post too - what a fabulous achievement :-)

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    1. Thanks C - I love making these birthday cakes and am glad to share

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  5. So much of this made me smile...the cake itself, the fly away balloon, and Sylvia's dreams of chomping away in particular :) What a wonderful cake and a wonderful selection of food - it looks like a lovely party for her.

    And, CONGRATULATIONS on your 1000th post. That is an amazing achievement and a very exciting one.

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    1. Thanks Kari - I wonder when kids stop thinking they can just bite into any food - little bite marks appear in apples, uncut loaves of bread, lumps of cheese! Luckily Sylvia is young enough to get away with it and young enough not to be fussy about birthday celebrations :-)

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  6. I am in awe of all of the cakes you baked for Sylvia, she is such a lucky girl to have a mum like you. What a fantastic spread you put on too! I was quite happy to have plenty of leftovers after my recent party for the young man too.

    Wow, 1000 posts is a massive achievement! Congratulations Johanna! :D

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    1. Thanks Mel - leftovers are such a relief after a busy day or two in the kitchen - and I didn't spend anywhere near as long as you did for your recent party - am sure there will be bigger parties to come for us down the track

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  7. what an amazing spread! Lovely!!

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  8. I bet Sylvia loved her dinosaur cake! It's adorable. And what a spread you put out!! So many things I'd love to eat--I love snacky food and finger foods. And of course I must say congrats on 1000 posts--holy moly!! That is truly amazing. What an accomplishment! :)

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    1. Thanks Ricki - Sylvia was very pleased with her cake - and the snacky food works well with a casual help-yourself buffet and it is easy to throw together rather than a big sit-down meal

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  9. So glad Sylvia has such a lovely time! What a fabulous cake :) I also love you "blog them up" typo. Clearly your subconscious wants you daughter to follow in your footsteps!! :D

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    1. Thanks Hannah - have fixed the typo but when I typed about the balloons - am sure it was my subconscious at work - hope sylvia will at least appreciate the world of blogging

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  10. Wow it looks fabulous! You are so creative. I love how its got its own character and looks fun rather than terrifying (I used to be afraid of dinosaurs!) I'm sure the children loved it

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    1. Thanks Katie - I'd forgotten how scared of the dinosaurs Sylvia was at scienceworks museum last year - that was before she was really into peppa pig - wonder how she would find them now! But you are right that fun dinosaurs are much better

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  11. Wow 1000 posts!! Congrats. And I completely love the cake, it's so cute!

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  12. You truly do sound like the world's best mom. I truly admire you. I love your commitment to vegetarianism for your entire family. By 34 degrees, all I want to do is crash under the air conditioning. I'm more of a cooler climes type of person. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

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    1. Thanks Cooksploratrice - I think we did have the air conditioner on at times to get us through the day - hard to remember now it is much cooler - am glad to have some cooler weather but it will be 30 C in a few days again!

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  13. LOL - I like this cake. So typical of kids to fight over one toy. Hope Sylvia had a great birthday.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - you are right - there are heaps of toys to play with but kids all hone in on one!

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  14. Haha that is really adorable! You have a flair for children's cakes Johanna! I remember your monkey one! :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - very kind - I enjoy doing them

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  15. this looks great, no wonder Sylvia wanted to chomp on it from the edges of the table. Too cute.

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  16. You are so clever Johanna, Sylvia is a very lucky girl. I'd never have the patience to do something like that. Glad she had a great party. Love the last picture of the dinosaur with all the other green food and bits. Thanks for entering it into WSC.

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