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