I was asked to make a Peppa Pig cake for my little friend James. When his Mum asked me I had no idea who Peppa Pig was. I had to do some research to get up to speed. Thomas the Tank Engine was on high rotationall at my house when my son was little. So I watched a couple of these gorgeous U Tube videos. I can see why kids love the cute little Piggie family and friends. Have a look, they are adorable. The beginning is my favourite. Daddy Pig is such an oinker
I thought rather than just showing you this cake I might make an attempt to explain how you might easily make a Peppa Pig cake if a little someone in your life happens to like Peppa Pig. I usually bake a cake that will last very well out of the fridge. I have used a chocolate cake here that survives out of the fridge for well over a week, is moist and heavy enough to withstand icing and shaping but not as weighty as a mud cake, the recipe follows below.
You don’t have to make a cake like the one above or cover it with plastic icing just use your favourite recipe and slather it in whipped cream if you like. But, if you follow these instructions you will be able to put a Peppa Pig onto any cake at all. It’s simple but you need a couple of things first.
- A roll of plastic ( sugar or fondant) roll out icing in white
- Colours (not liquid. Buy from a specialist cake shop or Spotlight) red, blue, pink
- Pure icing sugar and a sieve
- A rollingpin
- Paper and pencil
- a lined tray
- small piping bag and tube
- soft liquorice for black shoes
Make your cake first and chill. Later cover it with ganache or chocolate buttercream and then chill overnight ready to put your Peppa Pig on top. Even if you are covering your cake with roll out icing buttercream or ganache it first. If you want to cover your cake in plastic roll out icing you will need 1-1 1/2 kg Cake Decorating Solutions sells this. Start by drawing a picture. I am no Picasso so you will be OK to draw too.
Cut your drawings out
Once you have the pieces of paper. Roll out your coloured icings using a rolling pin and some pure sifted icing sugar. Cut around each shape with a small knife and place them onto the lined tray. make the eyes and all the pieces before you begin. If you want a background or flowers or other bits make them in the same way. I used soft liquorice for the black bits. Each piece needs to be brushed with the smallest amount of water if you are sticking them together.For example the eyes to the head and the arms to the body (George Pig)
How to make a Peppa Pig Cake
- 550 gm plain flour
- 350 gm caster sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 whole large eggs beaten
- 3/4 cup strong coffee cooled
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup milk
- 125 gm butter melted cooled
- 250 gm butter softened unsalted
- 250 gm cream cheese left out to soften
- 2 cups pure icing sugar sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla seeds or extract
- This recipe will make 1 x 24 cm cake in a deep tin. Line and spray the tin Oven 170 C / 340 F Mix all the dry ingredients together sifting the flours and then adding the sugar.
- Mix all the wet ingredients except the butter.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dries with the mixer on low . Then add the butter and beat till smooth.
- pour into a cake tin that is lined and greased. Bake For approx 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean from the middle of the cake. Cool and remove, running a knife around the outside and easing out.
- Buttercream is great for a cake finish but also as an undercoat for roll out icing. Use a small amount spread thinly over the whole cake ( doesn't matter if it looks thin and messy here). Cool I the fridge and then do a nice thick coat on top.
- Beat the soft butter till light and white and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and beat again. Add the vanilla and 1/2 the sugar and beat for a few minutes more. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and beat till incorporated. I like to add the sugar a half a cup at a time here beating well each time. I used 2 cups but you may not. Add more salt to bring the flavour out as necessary. The icing should be fluffy and white. Use it to coat the cake in two stages ( as above).
- If you are using a roll out fondant icing use pure icing sugar to flour the benches. Roll to fit the cake and smooth over with your hands or a smooth teatowel.
- To attach the sugar figures to the cake use a dab of water on a paint brush. Or simply lay the cut outs over your favourite buttercream icing.
- Decorate with flowers and animals. Run a knife under the cake and put onto a plate