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Make a Peppa Pig Cake

A Peppa Pig Cake! Too easy!

A Peppa Pig Cake! Too easy!

Do you have a little one who is a fan of Peppa Pig? Here is my D.I.Y tutorial to help you make a Peppa Pig Cake!

Firstly I am NOT a cake decorator! This was my first attempt at a character cake…and you can do it too! This Peppa Pig Cake was really easy to do…I hope all novice cake makers will have a go! You can use these instructions for making Peppa Pig, George Pig or any other character! It took me approximately an hour and a half to put the cake together (plus baking time) and less than $10 to make!

You will need:
1 cake (I always use a large rectangle size, but whatever you have really! I make a double batch of a chocolate cake. Feel free to use a packet mix or buy a slab cake!)
2 x 500g packets of ready made icing/fondant. (One packet should be enough, but it is always good to have a spare on hand!)
1 x black icing pen
1 x packet food colouring (or several bottles of food colouring)
1-2 tablespoons of jam(any flavour, I used strawberry!)

This is what I used

This is what I used

Cutting the Cake into a Peppa Pig Shape
Make your cake the day before and freeze it for at least a few hours, this seems to make it less crumbly when cutting!

I used a Peppa Pig colouring page as a template. This is the one I used: http://www.kidslikecoloringpages.com/coloring-pages/peppa-pig-coloring-pages-12.jpg

You can print it straight off and cut around it ready to use. If you can, copy it larger to fit your cake. I traced mine onto some baking paper to make it larger. I cut around Peppa’s head and body. (I cut off her ears, arms, tail and legs)

3. Place your template on your cake and hold it in place with toothpicks.

Place your cut out template on the cake and secure with toothpicks

Place your cut out template on the cake and secure with toothpicks

4. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut around the template. You should now have Peppa’s head and dress cut out, as one piece. Now carefully, cut Peppa’s head off! You can take the paper off if you like or cut through it.

Cut around the template

Cut around the template

Decorating the cake!

1.You need to get your first lot of icing ready. Open one packet and knead the icing as much as you can until it is nice and soft. Wrap half the mixture in plastic and use later. (Wrap tightly to keep it from drying out) With your remaining half, add a few drops of red food colouring and knead it until all the colour is mixed through to make a pale pink colour.

2. For Peppa’s face:
Brush some jam all over Peppa’s face including along the sides you cut. (The jam will stop the icing from slipping)

Brush the top and sides of the cake with jam

Brush the top and sides of the cake with jam

2. Take most of the mixture (place a small amount aside and wrap it tightly to use later for arms etc) Use a rolling pin to roll out a flat round shape. (Put icing sugar on your board or bench to stop it sticking) You want it to be about 1/4 cm thick. Then carefully pick up the icing and place it over the cake for Peppa’s face.

Carefully wrap the rolled out icing onto the cake!

Carefully wrap the rolled out icing onto the cake!

3. Using a clean sharp knife, cut carefully around the edges, making sure all the icing completely covers the cake. (You can reuse the left over icing, so wrap it up!) Use your fingers to smooth the edges around the bottom edges of the cake.

4. For Peppa’s Dress:
Use the other remaining icing and add as much red food colouring to make a red icing. I made mine a dark pink. Follow the steps above to brush with jam, roll out the icing and cover the cake. Keep a small amount of this red icing to make Peppa’s mouth. A little water will ‘glue’ her head to the dress.

Peppa's Dress. Wrap the icing around the cake and trim with a sharp knife

Peppa’s Dress. Wrap the icing around the cake and trim with a sharp knife

5. For Peppa’s ears:
Cut a small amount of ear shaped cake (x2!) and brush with jam and wrap with icing. A little water will ‘glue’ the ears to her head.

6. For Peppa’s arms and legs and boots:
Roll out a length of pink icing. Roll out 2 legs and 2 arms. Use a knife to cut 3 points to be the fingers and then round them. Make some yellow icing (you may need a new packet?) and shape into 2 boots. Attach the legs. (Water will ‘glue’ the boots to the legs and the legs to Peppa’s dress) You can also make black shoes, if you prefer!

Roll out and shape the arms, legs, tail and boots!

Roll out and shape the arms, legs, tail and boots!

7. To outline Peppa’s face:
You will need more pink icing, but this time a darker pink. Roll it out into thin lengths. They don’t have to be long as you can join them together on Peppa’s face. With each length, outline her face and nose. Use a picture to help guide you! Also make Peppa’s cheek with this darker pink icing.

Roll out thin lengths for the outline

Roll out thin lengths for the outline

8. For Peppa’s Eyes:
Roll out 2 white balls and flatten them. Then use some darker pink lengths and outline the white eyes. Then using the icing pen make a blob of black for her eyes! (You could also roll out black icing)

wrap the outline around the eyes

wrap the outline around the eyes

Put Peppa together on a cake board! Your little ones will love you and you will be very impressed too!

My Peppa Pig Cake!

My Peppa Pig Cake!

You can use any Peppa Template! Find a printable or rip one out of a colouring book! Check out Rebecca’s Fairy Princess Peppa Pig cake! (She even made her cake to be gluten, dairy, nut and sugar free….using Naked Chocolate Cake from http://www.thehealthychef.com)

Rebecca's Princess Peppa Cake!

Rebecca’s Princess Peppa Cake!

Good luck! Please let me know how you went!

PS here are some tips for using ready made icing:
I add my food colouring to the icing in a plastic bag, I knead it in the bag to stop my hands being dyed! When most of the colour is mixed, I knead it out of the bag on a board.
Kids don’t really like this icing! I add a dash of strawberry essence which makes it a bit tastier! (Only on the pink and red coloured parts!)

And the winner is

Thank you to all who entered the Thermos Foogo and Funtainer giveaway….All of your suggestions were fabulous!

The winner is Aimee….

I would put beef goulash in one and buy another one to put sticky date pudding with caramel sauce for dessert! Perfect for a rainy, winter day like today.

Sounds very yummy! We loved the two course suggestion! Thank you for your entry and for sharing the post!

Aimee, I will email you soon and get some details from you so Kitchenware Direct can send you your prize! Congratulations!

Everyone else, thank you so much for entering and sharing the post or sharing my page!

A huge thank you to Kitchenware Direct for the giveaway!  Please check out www.kitchenwaredirect.com.au If you are bored of sandwiches…buy a foogo or funtainer! You and the kids will love it!

 

Pack a Hot Lunch for School!

Would you like to win a Thermos Funtainer and a Thermos Foogo for yourself or your kids?… The wonderful people at kitchenwaredirect.com.au will send one lucky reader a Thermos Foogo and Funtainer! (Australian residents only!)

Here is how to enter:
Tell me (to the upper left here in the comments section or scroll to the comments at the bottom of this page)what would you pack in your thermos foogoo or funtainer? (Just a few words!) Too Easy!

And…Please be a liker of my Yibba Yabba Mama page and share the page or this post on your wall! (Thank you!)

Notes:
Competition begins Thursday July 11th 2013 and closes 5pm Sunday July 14th 2013. Winner will be contacted via email and announced here on this blog on Monday July 15th. Kitchenware Direct will send the prize to the winner, Australian address only. Most creative entry wins!
This competition is not associated with Facebook. Only the winners details will be kept.

Good luck! I do hope you enjoy packing a hot lunch!
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Need some inspiration for packing a hot lunch? Read here:

Hot Pasta for School...yummy!

Hot Pasta for School…yummy!


It is winter here and the perfect opportunity to try something other than sandwiches! I send my kids to school and Kindy with a thermos filled with last night’s leftovers…anything from pasta, risotto, fried rice and even instant noodles! They love it! Here are my tips for making a hot lunch hot!

1. Choose the Right Thermos!
I bought the thermos brand one called Foogo It is perfect for kids as it is a small size of 290mL but has a wide opening – easy to manage! It also has an easy open lid which is spill proof – no leaky accidents on the homework! It stays hot on the inside, but cool enough on the outer to be carried by little hands!
There is also a very cute range called funtainer – they have gorgeous designs for kids ranging from butterflies to Hello Kitty!
I bought mine online here: http://www.kitchenwaredirect.com.au

Hello Kitty Funtainer from Kitchenware Direct

Hello Kitty Funtainer from Kitchenware Direct

2. Prepare Your Thermos:
Before packing the food, fill up the thermos with boiling water from your kettle. Put the lid on and leave it for 5 mins to heat. Then empty the water and fill immediately with your desired hot lunch! You need to preheat the food to a slightly warmer temperature than you would serve it at. It will stay warm for hours! (The foogoo and funtainer will keep the food at the same temperature for several hours, making it safe and yummy!)

3. What to pack?
My kids love any kind of left overs. Soup is probably not ideal for little kids, it takes too long to eat and could spill on someone! You are better off packing something that can be eaten with a spoon or fork. I like to send my kids with a “spork”, kind of like a spoon and fork in one!

Pasta: any kind is fine, personally I find the bigger and chunkier ones easier and faster for kids to manage! (Spaghetti can get spilled on uniforms! I like penne, bows or shells) Add a small amount of sauce to keep it moist: Bolognese, tuna mornay or whatever!

Vegetable slice, quiche or pizza: these can be kept warm too! I cut them up into bite size pieces that can be picked up with a fork!

Instant Noodles: I find it best to undercook these slightly as they keep on cooking! Also, drain off most of the liquid or else you will end up with one gluggy mess! To make these more of a meal I add shredded chicken or ham and a small scoop of frozen vegetables. (Peas and corn go well!)

Cold food: the foogo and funtainer also keep cold food cold! Fill the thermos with cold water for 5 mins and fill with cold foods: salad, fruit, jelly and custard!

Chocolate and Zucchini (shhh!) Cupcakes

mmmm...really yummy and deliciously moist!

mmmm…really yummy and deliciously moist!

Chocolate cupcakes are yummy! Not always the best lunch box addition….unless they are healthier than regular cupcakes! So here they are, my Chocolate and Zucchini (Shhhh! Don’t tell the kids!) Cupcakes! I know you probably can’t imagine it, but please keep an open mind! Zucchini has little taste, so the kids won’t notice it! It also makes the cakes very moist so you don’t need as much oil!
Super easy…one bowl, no beaters and quick to mix and bake! Lower in fat, sugar and no dairy!

Chocolate and Zucchini (Shhhh!) Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:
2 eggs
Half a cup of vegetable oil
3/4 cup of caster sugar (you can use brown sugar too!)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup self raising flour (wholemeal flour works so great!)
1/2 cup of cocoa
1 cup finely grated zucchini (about 1 medium to large size zucchini…don’t squeeze out the water/juice! *See hints at bottom of page!)

Method:
1. With a spoon or whisk, mix together the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla.

Whisk the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla

Whisk the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla

2. Add the flour and cocoa and mix gently.

Stir in the flour and cocoa

Stir in the flour and cocoa

3. Add in the zucchini and stir well.

mix in the zucchini

mix in the zucchini

At this stage you may begin to panic…yes you will still see the zucchini…but not for long! Be brave…keep going and get these into the oven!

At this stage you will still see the zucchini...keep going!

At this stage you will still see the zucchini…keep going!

4. Divide into 12 cupcake papers and bake in a moderate oven for about 20mins. (or 24 patty cakes baked for 16-18 mins)

Divide mixture into cupcake or patty pans

Divide mixture into cupcake or patty pans

5. When they are cool they will be ready to eat! (Suitable for freezing and perfect for the lunch box!) You could spread on a little chocolate icing if you like.

Hints:
1. Make sure you let them cool completely otherwise you may still taste the zucchini!
2. Use the finest grater you have, as it will be less noticeable for the kids! (if you have fussy kids, grate horizontally, rather than at an angle to avoid big strips of green!)
3. For an extra super moist cupcake, add an extra half cup of grated zucchini (one and a half cups total) You won’t notice the zucchini taste, but you may see more specks of green! (I prefer the extra moist version and my kids (and hubby!!!) are yet to discover my secret ingredient!)

Ready to go..plain or with chocolate icing

Ready to go..plain or with chocolate icing

Savoury or Sweet Scrolls

Perfect for little tummies or lunchboxes!

Perfect for little tummies or lunchboxes!

These scrolls can be sweet or savoury and are a yummy lunch box addition or after school snack! Toddlers love them too! Best of all…they can be stored in the freezer! Get the kids to help, so easy they can do most of it themselves. Yummy! (A great school holiday or weekend activity!) Happy Baking!

Basic Scroll Recipe

Ingredients:
1 and a half cups of self raising flour
2 tablespoons of butter or margarine
Half a cup of milk

(See below for filling ideas!)

Method:
1. Rub butter into the flour with your fingers.
2. Add all the milk and mix with a spoon until a dough forms. You may need to add a few more drops of milk.
3. Knead the dough on a floured surface.
4. Roll out into a rectangular shape.

Roll out to a rectangular shape

Roll out to a rectangular shape

5. Spread with toppings.

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6. Roll up the long side of the scroll.

Roll up from the longer side

Roll up from the longer side

7. Cut into 12 to 14 pieces and place each one flat onto a paper lined tray. Make sure they are snug and touching to help them rise up nicely!

Place flat side up on a tray. Make sure they are all touching!

Place flat side up on a tray. Make sure they are all touching!

8. You can brush with extra milk, egg or more toppings.
9. Bake for about 15 mins or until golden in a preheated 200 degree oven.
10. Cool and serve. Or wrap in plastic and store in the freezer!

Bake until golden!

Bake until golden!

Savoury Scroll Ideas:Pizza: spread with tomato paste/sauce and top with ham, mushroom, pineapple and grated cheese. Top with extra cheese before baking.
Cheesymite: spread with vegemite and top with cheese
Baked beans and cheese: spread baked beans and top with cheese

Sweet Scroll Ideas:
Spread with grated apple and sprinkle brown sugar and sultanas
Spread with grated pear and top with crushed walnuts
Spread with golden syrup
Spread with apricot jam and top with shredded coconut

The possibilities are endless! Yibba Yabba Yummy!