Sometimes the cakes I create look like they’ve been created by a 5-year old, but they aren’t usually supposed to look that way! Well, this cake isn’t supposed to exactly look like a child’s creation, but rather a character from a children’s book… more specifically a Mammoth from the “Cave Baby” book.
Admittedly, I know very little about kids’ stuff these days. But a friend for whom the cake was made is studying to be a primary school teacher… so it seemed appropriate! I arrived at her door on Monday night as a surprise, so it was a lovely unexpected day of cake, tea and catching-up for her, and for me too.
The idea came from the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ cakes I have seen made up of rows of fairy-cakes to get a caterpillar shape. It was probably a little ambitious to try and make a mammoth in this way, but it just about worked! I used this lemon & poppyseed cupcake recipe from BBCGoodFood (I’m a fan… used it in my cooking class this week too!) and made some simple buttercream icing with black food colouring to make mammoth-fur! The trunk is made up of mini-cupcakes, the tusks from marzipan, and some chocolate squeezy-icing for details. Quite simple, but great fun!