Serves around 12 people.
I made this cake for my brother’s birthday and I think it turned out really well. I thought Adventure Time would be a perfect theme because he loves the show (I think everyone does really! How could you not!?). I decided to have a go at creating a Finn Cake and I came up with a plan of how to make it – I free-handed the design while crossing my fingers for a cake that looked recognisable as Finn! Near the end of this post you will find a little step by step tutorial of how I cut/iced the cake, I hope I have designed the tutorial clearly enough for you to follow!
Cake Ingredients (Chocolate Cake):
1 1/3 cup flour
3 tablespoons Cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 23 cm rectangular cake tin. Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl. Melt butter in a saucepan at low heat and add to dry ingredients. Also add milk and eggs. Mix everything together until smooth, either with a spoon or with an electric mixer. Transfer mixture to cake tin and bake for approximately 35-45 minutes. Leave cake to cool.
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 cup hot water (or enough to make icing to your preferred consistency)
Red food colouring
Blue food colouring
Black food colouring
5 bowls (Cereal bowl sized)
Mix icing sugar and melted butter together in a bowl. Add hot water until icing is a good consistency. This is your main icing mixture.
Line up your five bowls.
- Place around 1/2 of the main icing mixture in the first bowl (this will be the plain white icing).
- Place 2 Tablespoons of the main icing mixture into 2nd bowl and add a few drops of black colouring to make icing a deep black colour.
- Place 2 tablespoons of the main icing mixture into the 3rd bowl and add a few drops of Red colouring to make the icing a deep red colour.
- Place 1/2 of left over main icing mixture into the 4th bowl and add a few drops of blue colouring to make a light sky blue colour.
- Place the rest of main icing mixture into the 5th bowl and add a drop or so of red colouring to make a light pink colour.
How to cut/ice cake:
You should now have a bowl of white icing, a bowl of black icing, a bowl of red icing, a bowl of blue icing and a bowl of pink icing. Place 5 separate butter knives in each bowl so that you don’t mix colours while applying the icing to cake.
Icing technique tip: I find that outlining the area you want to ice with a chopstick dipped in icing, then icing inside the lines using a butter knife is a good way to keep icing neat.
Step 1. Cut out a semi circle sized piece from the top of your rectangular cake with a sharp knife. This will create the ears on Finn’s hat. Feel free to do whatever you’d like with the left over semi circle piece of cake, eating it would be a delicious way to get rid of it!
Step 2. Ice most of the cake with the white icing to create Finn’s hat, leaving a strip of plain cake at the bottom for Finn’s blue shirt. (Leave a teaspoon of white icing in the bowl for Finn’s teeth at step 7)
Step 3. Ice the plain section of cake with the blue icing to create Finn’s shirt.
Step 4. Ice a medium sized circle in the middle of Finn’s white hat to create his pink fleshy face using the pink icing. (Save a teaspoon of pink icing in the bowl for Finn’s tongue at step 8)
Step 5. Ice a crescent shape on Finn’s face for his mouth using the red icing.
Step 7. Ice in Finn’s teeth using the left over icing from step 7.
I hope this all made sense!