Sunday, November 20, 2011

Noah's Ark Baby Shower Cake

I am so excited to share this with you. In fact, I almost couldn't stand waiting to show you it! I finally got a request to make a Noah's Ark cake! I've always wanted to try making a Noah's Ark cake, here was my big opportunity and it was actually a whole lot of FUN!

Noah's Ark Cake

Firstly I planned out my cake for about two weeks. I worked out the sizes, when to make the animals and colour the fondant. I came up with ideas of which animals I would like on the Ark then got to work on it two days before it was due.

To make the boat shape I used baked two vanilla cakes in oval tins. These turned out to be the perfect shape for the job! I covered the cakes in vanilla buttercream then tried something new, I placed a long roll of fondant around the top so the boat would have a rim around the top.

To make the middle of the Ark that looks a bit like a little house, I used LCMs (or Rice Crispy Treats) I squished six of them together then cut the top on an angle and iced it with buttercream, just like the cake.

Noah's Ark Cake
Noah's Ark Cake
Noah's Ark Cake

I covered the cake and LCM's in brown fondant then cut out thin strips of the same coloured fondant and marked in them using a knife to make it look like wood. I stuck these all on to the cake in alternating patterns then used a toothpick to make holes in the sides (to look like nails) I loved how the boat looked!

Noah's Ark Cake
Noah's Ark Cake

Now it was time to make all the animals. I Googled "Cute Elephant" and so on for each animal, that way I could get a good idea of how to make the animals look cute rather than realistic (this was for a baby shower, after all!) I made four of each kind (two for the boat and two for the cupcakes) and "glued" the animals to the boat using some Royal Icing.

Noah's Ark Cake
Noah's Ark Cake
Noah's Ark Cake
Noah's Ark Cake

The giraffes were made the day before using gumpaste. I wasn't sure if they would be strong enough if I just made them out of fondant so gumpaste was the way to go. For each of the animals I made one a girl and one a boy, the girls had eyelashes and a bow on their heads. I even made dolphins, shark fins and whales!

Noah's Ark Cake

After finishing the cake I whipped up a batch of chocolate cupcakes, iced them with a swirl of chocolate buttercream then placed two cute animals on each one.

Noah's Ark Cupcakes
Noah's Ark Cupcakes
Noah's Ark Cupcakes
Noah's Ark Cupcakes

All in all, the decorating part of the cake took me eight and a half hours to do! I actually really enjoyed it so didn't even think about the time it took.

I couldn't believe how it all turned out in the end. It was even better than I planned!

40 comments :

  1. This is just lovely and amazing. you did such a great job.

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    1. Thank you! What a lovely compliment!

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  2. I think this is my favourite cake of yours now! SO FREAKING CUTE!

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    1. Thanks Danelle! So glad you liked it!

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  3. I bet everyone loved this, it's so amazing - you've done a fantastic job.

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    1. Hi Sus, I did get some feedback that it was well loved and they didn't want to cut into it! Haha. Thank you so much, you're so sweet!

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  4. I used your cake as inspiration to make a baptism cake for a friends twin boys. I loved how it turned out! Would never have been able to pull it off if not for your amazing work, and detailed pictures. Thanks!

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    1. Awh thanks! I'm glad I could help! I bet your friend (and the boys) were happy!

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  5. Is this made with fondant or florist paste (sugar paste)?

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    1. The cake is covered in fondant and the animals were made with fondant. The only thing made with gumpaste or sugar/florist paste is the giraffes.

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  6. Beautiful work really i love it.You are a genius.Wonderful cake.

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    1. Thank you so much, you are too kind!

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  7. I am just about to make a noahs ark cake for my cousins sons christening, your cake has given me loads of inspiration as it is amazing.Thank you very muh for sharing x

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    1. Oh my! You are too kind! Thank you so much, good luck for making the cake, I'm sure it will look amazing!

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  8. Hi Your cake is fab and I would just like to say a great big thankyou for the step by step and the photos as I am making one soon and it has really helped.Thanksx

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    1. Hi Elaine,
      You are most welcome! I'd love to see it when it's finished! Good luck!

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  9. Wow this is SO clever! I can't wait to make one! I'm sure it won't look as good as this though - truly a masterpiece! A quick question... Do you use Ready to Roll fondant or do you make your own? And if so, does it have any pros/cons etc. Thanks, Alice.

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    1. Thanks Alice!
      I use ready to roll fondant, the brand I use is called Bakels Pettince. I haven't tried making my own fondant so no pro's and con's that I can think of for that. With normal fondant (probably the same for both) it is a pain to work with in humidity (like Auckland right now) and sometimes in winter too. But those things can't really be helped. I use a mixture of 50/50 icing sugar and corn flour and sprinkle this on the surface I'm working on so it doesn't get too sticky. The other thing you will want is gel colouring, it makes life a lot easier when colouring the fondant!

      I wrote up a little bit of info on fondant a while back in a blog post, maybe it will help! http://www.lydiabakes.com/2012/06/fondant-facts.html

      Oh do send me a photo of the finished product, I love seeing photos of peoples cakes!

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    2. Oh Thanks so much! This is really helpful! I can't wait to get started with some fondant creations! Thank you!!

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  10. What a very detailed description on how to make an Ark. Ive just been asked to do one and have been losing sleep wondering how to put the ark together. Thank you so much, explained it perfectly. I only hope mine turns out as well as yours.

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    1. Thank you so much! I would love to see a photo of the finished product, I'm so surprised so many people have found this tutorial useful, lots of people have sent me their photos and I'm so impressed!
      Good luck with the cake, I'm sure it will turn out fabulous!

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  11. Thank you so much for the wonderful step by step instructions.I will be making this cake for my animal loving son's birthday! Will post a picture once complete.

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    1. That is quite alright, YAY! I'm glad you're able to make the cake for him, I'm sure he will love it!
      Yes do post a picture, you can send it to me on my Facebook page. I would LOVE it!

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  12. I love this cake! What size oval pans did you use?

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    1. They are 8" long, 5.5" wide and 2" deep, I think they're Wilton ones? I got them in a Wilton decorating course a few years ago, never thought they'd come in handy!

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  13. Also, how many pounds of fondant do you think you used? Thanks again!!

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    1. Hiya,
      I'm not sure how much fondant I used sorry, I'd say maybe 1 and a half kilos? Not sure what that is in pounds though.

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  14. Oh my goodness, Lydia! This is just amazing!! So talented!! Good job!! xx

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    1. Thanks Laura!I'm glad you like it, it's one of my fave cakes I've made. Such a cool achievement!

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  15. Gorgeous cake. I am inspired to make this for my Son's christening / first birthday party so thanks for the step by step guide! wish me luck!

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    1. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!

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  16. This cake is beautiful. I'm thinking of trying it for my sons 1st bday. I've never made animals, but you've inspired me :) How did you stick the bits of "wood" to the cake?

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Oh you'll have to send me a photo of it when you've done it, I would love to see!
      I used vodka to stick it on, it evaporates so there is no alcohol/taste to it afterwards don't worry!

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  17. hi the cake is amazing i hope when i do this it looks like this but i doubt it, can you give me any tips on how to get it looking to perfect and also what recipe did you use for the Ark itself, thank you and again its amazing xx

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    1. Hi Kat,
      Thanks for the lovely compliments!
      I actually can't remember what recipe I used, it was so long ago sorry! Just remember to give yourself plenty of time and map out your time so it all goes according to plan. Maybe try practising making the fondant animals first? It's up to you really.
      I bet it is going to look fantastic! Send me a photo on a Facebook message when you finish, I'd love to see it!
      Good luck!

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  18. Hi - I'm going to try this cake for later in July. Im just wondering, how early do you think you could ice the LCM topper? Would it go soggy & sag?

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    1. Oh that's exciting! Send me a photo via Facebook message when you're done, I'd love to see it!

      I don't think it would go soggy or sag because those bars seem quite artificial to me. I think I did mine the day before and it stayed firm. -Hope that helps!

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  19. Just seen your cake on "The Whoot" and think it absolutely beautiful....not only for a baby shower, but for a 1st birthday cake as well. I have pinned it and hope to make something similar in the future..
    Well done!

    Charmaine

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  20. this is awesome thanks for sharing with us all hugs Nana Kat

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  21. Hi Lydia, I'm going to attempt to make this for my little boys first birthday cake in October this year, plenty of time to practice! I used to make cakes all the time before my little boy was born but haven't made anything for ages. Seeing your step by step guide has inspired me to get back into all the fun of baking, cant wait to start! Thank you for such a great method and lovely pictures!

    Hazel x

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