OMG! Child number two has just turned three – officially not a baby anymore, but rather a ‘big girl’ I’m told. This, like every other party, was not going to be a big event – yes, I can hear the laughing already. As usual I was carried away with the theme and managed to create more Peppa Pig themed food than first planned. Cookies, cupcakes and obviously the birthday cake all managed to be shaped, topped or decorated in Peppa characters. The usual printing of decorations occurred, games were themed too and the loot bags contained just as much themed stuff… pens, activities, chocolates…the kids had a great day and to be honest, that’s what it’s all for.
As I have made so many cakes – not just for kid’s birthdays but the adults too, I am quite over fondant at the moment. I wanted to decorate the cake with fondant 2D characters, but didn’t want a complete fondant layer covering the whole cake (I also wanted to play with this for some ‘Frozen’ themed cupcakes for next month!). I have been colouring my own chocolate for cake pops for a while now, without having to use the chocolate colours/gels. It’s as simple as adding the colour to some oil and mixing the coloured oil into the chocolate and it doesn’t seize. The same idea should work then with ganache – right? This is the theory I went with and I coloured my cream as it was the ‘fatty’ part of my ganache mixture. It worked really well. The Wilton coloured gel gave me the blue I was looking for and I didn’t need to buy specialty gels that I would otherwise not use. The other idea I guess you could go with – maybe for stronger colours like red – would be to use the cake pop candy melts that are already coloured to make your ganache. If you do, let me know how it goes. This is my ‘blue cream’ going in to melt with the white chocolate to create my ganache…
The full cake…from many angles:
So this is the themed food from the rest of the party, and if you think that’s a lot of Peppa Pig you should have seen the present table – seriously, I have never seen so much Peppa stuff in the one spot; we could open a store.
And for those of you who may be doing a similar party, the games we played are listed below:
- Pin the tail on Peppa Pig
- Jumping in Muddy Puddles – like musical chars but have the kids jump onto brown paper puddles instead of sitting on chairs.
- Pass the parcel with a Peppa Pig toy/book as the prize.
- Peppa, Peppa, Peppa Pig – like duck, duck, goose but use peppa, peppa, pig (or you could say George, George, Peppa) I made the kids snort before they ran too.
- What’s the Time (Mr Wolf) Peppa Pig – see how easy it is to theme games lol!…
Now that’s over, time to start thinking about the next one (August!)…happy baking Sx