So as Auntie JoJo there is an huge responsibility in my hands each year to produce a bigger and better Birthday cake for my niece’s birthday parties. Thus far I’ve made two mermaid cakes, a pink princess castle, a pink princess, a jungle cake, a Hannah Montana Cake, a teddy bear cake, a giant cupcake and a sweetie heaven cake. This time round I gave full artistic control to my soon-to-be-five year old niece and she decided that she wanted a Moshi Monster Cake!??!?? A what?!?!
Ten minutes and a few Google searches later and I’m now a fully versed adult on the world of Moshi Monster. Moshi Monsters is an online world of adoptable pet monsters for children aged 6–15. They come in different groups and the one group that immediately caught my eye was the Foodies. You have Hansel, a gingerbread boy; Cutie Pie, a fluffy cupcake; Coolio, a multicoloured ice cream cornet and lastly Oddie, an iced doughnut. Perfect for a five year old’s birthday cake!
I opted for the Oddie cake thinking it would be easily done in an evening or two after work. I made one 9 inch vanilla sponge cake, doubling my usual Hummingbird Bakery recipe, although I always omit the corn flour and reduce the amount of butter. It cooked at 160 degrees Celsius for approximate 70 minutes. Having left this to cool overnight the following day I sliced off the domed top and split the cake in half. Using a medium scone cutter I cut out a middle circle in each layer and filled the sandwich with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream, again using the Hummingbird recipe. I used the bottom layer as the top as my cake tin created quite a natural rounded edge to resemble a doughnut.
Then came the assembly part! I dirty iced the entire cake and then rolled out three packets of regalice in Teddy Bear brown to represent the doughnut colour. I covered the entire cake in this to create a smooth finish. I then used Regalice shell pink combined with some Christmas Red Sugarflair Paste Colouring to create a hot pink colour for the doughnut icing. I rolled this out into a rectangular shape and then cut the wavy shape you see in the picture. For the freckles I coloured some white sugarpaste in red, yellow and blue before rolling this out and cutting small circles with a cutter.
For the eyes I used a baby blue sugarflair paste colouring and using a larger scone cutter cut out two circles and using the same cutter cut a crescent shape out of one eye. Using smaller scone cutters I then did the same for a white layer, a brown layer and finally for the pupils a black layer. For the feet I moulded some white suparpaste with Grape Violet Sugarflair paste colouring into the right shape (but forgot to warn the mother aka my sister that the feet were pure icing!!! My nieces enjoyed them immensely!!!). As a finishing touch I sprayed the entire thing using a pearl edible lustre spray but there was still something missing so I covered the entire board with smarties, fixing them to the cake board using leftover buttercream (yes this took an extremely long time but the finished cake was worth it!!). To add the extra sheen I sprayed the cake and board with a clear confectioners spray. And here is Oddie, the Moshi Monster Cake!