I have wanted to make a Beatrix Potter birthday cake for or a very long time. So, when better than a first birthday cake to make one?
However, this birthday cake was different!
It had to be egg, soy and dairy free due to the baby’s allergies. After researching a host of vegan recipes, I came across the veggies deserts blog and I found just what I needed. I could substitute the soya milk for oat milk and was good to go. I had to be extremely careful to ensure there was no risk of cross contamination in my kitchen.
Such was my delight to see my first ever vegan cake rising in the oven, I confess to doing a small jig round the kitchen after I had safely placed them on the cooling racks.
Ganache was needed next and made using OatlyCream and Moo Free chocolate enabled me to maintain my dairy free cake. Next Jam was next on the list and for a baby I felt that a seedless raspberry jam would be a tasty pairing. Sugar paste was next and The Sugar Paste is Soy Free.
Then came the buttercream, this was made using Plant Butter which has a very similar consistency to regular buttercream, making it a very popular choice for dairy free baking.
A fence needed to keep prevent Peter Rabbit from escaping! The fence posts were hand cut from modelling paste, scored using a Dresden tool and dusted with edible food colour from Immaculate confections to create a weathered looking garden fence complete with garden gate.
The fun could now start making the small carrots and cabbages; making teeny tiny vegetables is one of my favourite decorating tasks and I thought a watering can would finish the job!
The final job was to add Peter and his friends. Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, Peter and Jemima Puddle Duck are edible images backed with modelling paste.
The addition of a handmade number one and my cake was complete!
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The cake was consumed and enjoyed by all! I was delighted and look forward to making another vegan cake in the not-too-distant future.