Andrena asked me a while ago to make a belly cake for her baby shower. I immediately agreed but then had a thought...oh god, carving! I was petrified.
I did a bit of research online and found several tutorials for belly cakes but all of them used the Wilton ball pan, which was much too small for this project (the cake was to feed 30). There was the option of making a sheet cake and constructing the belly on top of the sheet cake, but it looked nothing like the picture that Andrena had sent me for inspiration.
I bought the largest Dolly Varden tin I could find, thinking that I could just carve the top off make it rounded. When I got it home I realised it too was much too small. Anyone for a Dolly Varden cake? Anyone?
Panic started to set in...what was I going to do? Carve the entire thing? That was a scary thought.
I then had a brainwave - Pyrex! Pyrex came along and saved the day. Oh and Maxwell & Williams too. Instead of tins I used my large Pyrex bowl for the belly and two of my small Maxwell & Williams china bowls for the boobs (do not use fine china - ensure the bowls are oven safe!)
To ensure the cakes didn't stick I smothered the bowls with butter and shoved in some non-stick baking paper. It didn't matter to me that the paper had some folds in it - once the cake is covered in icing no one will be any wiser.
To ensure that the cake cooked evenly I opted to make a smaller cake in the Pyrex and give it some height with a standard 23cm cake round underneath. No carving involved! Oh happy day!
I torted & crumb coated this lemon & coconut cake with lemon buttercream and covered the whole thing in fondant.
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