Anyway – the cake…Her favourite animal is elephants…amazingly there was a template on the internet so I was all set! It was simple enough….I found a recipe for plain chocolate cake and used 2 similar sized springform tins (21cm approx).
My friend Nas helped me with the preparations – a serious cake baker who kept me on the straight and narrow – sticking to the recipe and preventing any potentially damaging Clair Walker style improvisation. I left them to cool….. and then comes the TRICKY BIT.
The template as you can see requires some planning. One cut in the wrong place and your elephant cake could be FUCKED. I went for the ‘tusk’ option for more authenticity. My other sister Nina pointed out that she is the ‘arty’ one and would be more efficient at the crucial stage of cutting the shape of the elephant. She was right…I would have ballsed it up.
You then arrange in the shape you desire. BEWARE cake fans, the elephant cake can look phallic if not done correctly so make sure that you arrange the pieces in an appropriate manner for your intended audience.
I used a simple buttercream icing and used black food colouring to make it grey – it had a slight purple tinge which I felt worked well in this instance. We needed a lot of the stuff. For the tusks, and eyes, I used ready rolled icing for neatness but you don’t have to.
I had icing pen for the pupils and as a finishing touch, the mini smarties to demonstrate that the Elephant was of Indian origin and not African. Anyone who didn’t get that was STUPID.