Chris celebrated her birthday recently with a chicken themed cake. Here are the directions to create your own hen masterpiece:
-Your favourite rectangular-shaped slab-style cake
-Green food colouring
-1.5 to 2 cups of icing sugar
-2 tablespoons of Nuttelex
-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
-2 tablespoons of your choice of milk substitute
-We split the cake horizontally and added a thin layer of plum jam for flavour before icing.
-Melt your cooking chocolate. Use a spatula to apply the chocolate in a thin layer onto some baking paper or a thin, flexible chopping board and cool in the fridge or freezer. When the chocolate has hardened, remove from the paper or board and break into pieces large enough to cover the sides of the cake.
-To make the icing, we combined all the icing ingredients and beat until creamy. Please note that the ingredient measurements are approximate – you can alter the amounts to create an icing of your preferred consistency.
-Apply the icing to the top of the cake. This icing is easiest to work with at room temperature. If you have stored it in the fridge, you may need to use a heated spoon or knife to apply it. Run your knife under hot water.
-Keep a little icing back in the bowl and use as glue to attach the chocolate to the sides of the cake. Dab some icing onto the chocolate pieces and push them on.
-Make grass for the cake by putting shredded coconut into a bowl and slowly adding green food colouring. Stir with a spoon or fork to avoid getting green colouring on your fingers. Sprinkle the grass onto and around the cake with a spoon. If you touch the green coconut before the colouring dries it will colour your skin.
-Dust a little cocoa or crumbled chocolate onto the icing where there is no grass to give the appearance of a crumbly ground.
-Now you can decorate with your favourite hen figurines. We purchased our materials at online store Minizoo http://www.minizoo.com.au and through Ebay. Minizoo sells many different animals and birds perfect for decorating cakes.
-Enjoy your cake!