Stuck for something to bring to Easter dinner this year? Surprise everyone with a gorgeously decorated Easter cake thanks to our tips from Geraldine Arnold.
Geraldine Arnold Geraldine has always loved cooking and baking but only discovered her true calling after completing a cake-decorating course. Her business, Cake My Day, specialised in custom-made cakes that range from the elegantly simple to ornate and baroque to just plain fun. Here, she has reproduced three different styles to celebrate Easter and given us top tips on how to create them at home. You will first need to make the Victoria sponge, cover it in buttercream and allow it to chill overnight – this prevents the cake from crumbling when you’re icing it with the fondant icing. Once the cake is chilled you need to cover it in fondant before decorating it.
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How to make fondant Easter eggs
Sugarpaste (also known as fondant) will work well because it is soft and will lay flat on the cake. You can buy sugarpaste in supermarkets, online and in cake decorating stores.
You will also need cornflour or icing sugar, a rolling pin, food colourings of your choice, a pizza cutter and an egg-shaped cutter.
- Dust the countertop and the rolling pin with cornflour or icing sugar to prevent sticking. The corn our is very fine, and works well with the sugar paste.
- Roll out the sugar paste and use multiple colours to create different layers for detailing (think pinks, blues, purples, yellows). A small rolling pin works well for small decorations like this.
- Using a mini pizza wheel, cut out stripes from different coloured sugar pastes. Roll contrasting colours of sugarpaste into little balls. Layer these small pieces on top of a larger sheet of sugarpaste, then roll the detailing into the base layer with the rolling pin.
- If there is excess cornflour on the sugarpaste, use a soft brush to dust it away. Geraldine uses a medium-sized make-up brush, but a butter brush would also work.
- Once the designs are set into the base layer of sugar paste, use an egg-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the designed Easter eggs. To prevent sugarpaste from sticking, dip the cookie cutters in cornflour before attempting to cut.
- To stick the eggs to your cake, brush with a little water, vodka or edible glue.
How to make a fondant bunny rabbit
You will need brown, white and black modelling paste, a pizza cutter, a small paint brush, edible glue and fondant carving tools.
Follow the images below to form the fondant bunny.
- Assemble each piece of the rabbit separately. Use a brown modelling paste (which is firmer than sugarpaste but won’t dry rigidly like florist paste), to create the torso, arms, legs, head and ears; white for the facial features and tail; and black for the eyes and nose. A mini pizza wheel will work for designing miniature features like the teeth.
- Once all pieces are formed, glue the body together with edible glue or vodka. Stick an uncooked piece of spaghetti into the body to connect the head, and keep it sturdy with glue. Using a small paintbrush, glue on the facial features and tail, and a small carving tool may be used to create any final details (ie. shape of the mouth). Small carving tools will also help attach the small pieces, in places that are not easily accessed by the fingers.
To make an Easter bunny cake
- Follow this recipe for Victoria sponge, then cover with buttercream or ganache, then cover with brown fondant. Use a small fondant tool to create ridges in the fondant to mimic tree bark. Place the covered cake on a cake board covered with light green fondant.
- Roll out four small balls of brown fondant into flat sausage-style shapes, then attach to the sides of the cake using water, vodka or edible glue. Use a fondant tool to create ridges in the fondant to mimic tree roots.
- Attach your fondant bunny to the top of the cake using water, vodka or edible glue, then decorate with fondant daffodils and candy eggs.6
What will you be making for Easter this year? Let us know in the comments below.