Shark Attack Cake

I made this shark head cake a few weeks ago, working with my favourite of all things, ganache, and chocolate crispie! I started out with two eight inch cakes, a seven inch cake, and a 6 inch rice crispie round.

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when it comes to carving cakes, just be confident. It is always better to cut off less than too much, but making the first cuts, you just need to go for it, and keep in mind that some of the cake can be stuck back on if it does go wrong!

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Next up was covering in ganache. it gives such a nice solid finish, although in this case buttercream would work just as well.

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For icing it, I did the grey first, then the white, then the red. It is not a bad shape to cover in sugarpaste, although patience for sorting out the red bit in particular was required.

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I made a lot of teeth to fill the mouth, just using white sugarpaste. For the eyes, a few pairs were made to see which looked best – too much black did not look right, which is why this set was just perfect.

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I wanted the board to look like there was a bit of life in it, not just a flat sheet of blue. I put some bumps of sugarpaste on the board before covering it to make it look a bit wavy, and made some blue waves to stick around the shark too.

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With a happy birthday message, the cake was finished. It was served as a pudding following a delicious meal at Lanna Thai, proving you simply can not go wrong with a victoria sponge.

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Making a Grass Covered Board

This is just a little entry on one of the most useful techniques I have ever been taught. It was at a British Sugarcraft Guild meeting, the theme being Easter. The lady made an easter themed cake, and used this technique to decorate the board of the cake.

Cover your board in green to be grass. I used a patch work technique to cover this, since the cake was a bit of an odd shape, and not in the middle of the board. The grass making method is good at hiding the seams from covering the board like this. Should you be so daft as to stick a finger or utensil into the icing, this method also helps to cover any marks.

Take a star tip like this one, and go nuts. Poke it into the icing to leave the impression behind. A lot of times. Although you do need to do it lots of times, it is still a pretty quick effect.

And hey presto, a lovely patch of grass, which on this occasion was the background for a haggis.

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