Mom: William, what kind of decorations would you like on your cake? Please let me know soon so I can tell Tita (Aunty) Leeann.
William: It's my birthday Ama (Malaysian word for mother). You have to surprise me.
Magic. Yes, he is into magic these days. According to his teacher, William pretends to be a magician and gets excited when they conduct Science experiments.Why? Because he always relates them to magic tricks.
So I was a good Aunty again :) I browsed the web to get an idea of what a magic cake looked like.I found hundreds. I discussed the design with my sister. We decided to go with the magician's hat design. It seemed appropriate for the birthday boy who loves to do magic tricks.
I went home after the dinner we had organized for William and Ginger and started to make magic.
I baked Vanilla cake in three 18 cm pans. I cut each cake horizontally. I placed the cake on a cardboard base. I filled each layer with vanilla butter cream.
The cake went into the fridge after the first frosting. When the icing had hardened, I applied the second coating. This time I used black butter cream.Well, this was the closest shade of black we could come up with after an hour of blending colors. Having a limited supply of icing colors made it impossible to achieve the exact shade I wanted.
I smooth the cake with spatula.There is no air conditioner in my kitchen and the frosting melted in just a few minutes.
I placed the cake on the black felt paper which served as the brim of the hat. Then I placed it on a bigger base covered with red felt paper.
I wrote the inscription on top and the number in front. I couldn't wait to learn how he would react upon seeing this.
The decoration would have been more beautiful had I used fondant to make the dice, playing cards, paper money and trick stick but no ready-to-use fondant is available in Bangkok.Well, not that I know of. And my time was limited. I only had 3 1/2 hours before bedtime. While I made the cake, my sister, whose arts and craft skills have perfected through the years, printed the paper decoration.
I attached red ribbon to cake. I did it too early though. (The cake was needed at lunch time the following day). The wet marks showed in just a matter of seconds.
WE DID IT! My sister said William was speechless when he saw the cake.Even his classmates went crazy over it. I was glad he loved the surprise we made for him.
Happy 7th Birthday Will!