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How many times have you taken on making a kids birthday cake and regretted it the moment you started the decorating? It always seems so effortless when you start, right? And I bet you vowed never again, yep, I’ve been there too! Let me help you to give it another go this year because I’ve got a fabulous fox birthday cake hack to share with you. Best of all, my cake decorating tips will work with virtually any design you choose for fab results every time.
The cheats I’m going to share will get you such amazing results, you’ll never buy a birthday cake again
Today I’m going to show you how to make this fab fox birthday cake for the kids. Wouldn’t this be perfect for a woodland themed party? You won’t believe how easy it is to make, now stay with me because even if you’re an absolute beginner, I promise that the cheats I’m going to share will get you such amazing results, you’ll never buy a birthday cake again.
Step 1: Equipment at the ready!
Now I cannot stress enough the importance of having the right tools for the job. You can find more details on why these are my essential tools and where to buy them in my Top 5 tips to create a show-stopping birthday cake post. Here’s what you’ll need:
Step 2: Applying fondant icing
I am a massive fan of ready to roll icing and so we’re using this for speed, plus Renshaws have the best colour range, I can always find the exact shade I want. Get the following ready:
- Orange fondant icing
- Icing sugar
- Rolling pin
- Cake on rotating stand
Fondant icing tips
- Give the icing a good knead before rolling. This warms it up and helps prevent cracking.
- When rolling out, stand parallel to make sure you apply even pressure to both sides of the rolling pin and avoid an uneven thickness.
- Turn the icing 90 degrees after every few rolls to keep a nice circular shape.
- Use plenty of icing sugar on the rolling pin and work surface to avoid sticking.
- Use the palms of your hands and forearms when handling to avoid stretching and tearing the fondant.
- Roll the icing back onto the rolling pin to drape over the cake.
- You don’t need to get the icing into position on the first attempt, don’t worry about lifting and repositioning it until your happy.
- Use a flat hand to gently press the icing down the sides, lift and press until the creases are gone.
Step 3: fondant smoothing
You might wonder why you’ll need a fondant smoothing tool after the initial smoothing with your hands but this gives you the crispest of crisp finishes and a nice even surface for applying the fox cake decorations. More importantly you’ll get those clean, sharp edges that the pro cake makers get. I love this little tool.
- Fondant smoothing tool
- Sharp knife
- Start at the top and use small circular motions to ‘iron’ out any lumps and bumps.
- Using two tools, one in each hand to smooth the top and sides will give you a perfect edge.
- Take your time and make sure you hold the tool at 90 degrees to the cake to avoid any undercuts to the cake sides.
- Carefully trim the excess icing from the bottom of the cake.
Step 4: Using a template for the fox cake decorations
If you’ve never used a template before, this is a simple line drawing of a shape to use as a guide to cut around. It’s so much easier than trying to freehand copy a shape and gives your fox decorations a symmetrical and consistent look.
I have found a link to a multipack of different icing colours if you didn’t want to buy a bunch of full size packs. I haven’t used this pack so can’t say for certain but you may be able to combine the flesh and white icing to make cream or just use the flesh if the colour looks ok against the orange.
For the ears, only a small amount of pink is needed so add a couple of drops of pink food colouring to the white and knead in well to get the correct shade.
- Avoid angling your knife when cutting.
- Use a fat straw to cut out the whites of the eyes and reshape to ovals.
- Dust with plenty of icing sugar to prevent sticking – don’t worry about this spoiling the black, I’ll show you how to easily clean it off later on.
- If the edges look a bit misshapen after cutting, use the side of the knife to sharpen them up.
Step 5: Applying the cake decorations
You’ve probably seen the fondant glue recommended for sticking decorations to a cake but it’s really not needed unless you’re making complex three dimensional shapes. As we are keeping things simple, water works just fine to attach the fox decorations to the cake.
I use a make up brush to dust off the excess icing sugar (unused for make-up I’d like to add) They’re much cheaper than specific cake brushes as well as being lovely and soft so as not to damage your fondant icing.
- Small soft brush
- Cup of water
Sticking and cleaning tips
- Don’t use too much water or the decorations will slide around.
- Use the flat edge of a knife to reshape any pieces that need it.
- Dust off any excess icing sugar with a dry brush.
- The black icing is more prone to white marks from the icing sugar. Use a small amount of water to brush this off.
And that’s all there is to this fabulous fox birthday cake hack. Your cake will definitely make for an impressive table centrepiece at the party.
Remember, having the right tools will make such a difference to your cake decorating success. Let’s face it, you’ve got quite a few years of cake making ahead of you so they will serve you well.
If you agree that this fox birthday cake looks amazing and are surprised at how easy the hack is, let me know in the comments below. I hope you give it a go and if you have any questions, don’t be shy, please ask away.
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