My lovely sister in law bought Lily a subscription to Nature Detectives for Christmas. It is a fab website with a whole heap of nature related activities to make and do. If you subscribe you get a quarterly pack and weekly emails with challenges. The challenges are delivered on a Friday to your inbox and this week was all about hibernating hedgehogs.
We started off having a look at the hedgehog poster and I read out all the facts to Lily. This culminated in me telling her how when hedgehogs are scared they curl up into a ball so that their prickles stick out. Lily responded with “Like when a Lion comes along, and then the hedgehog rolls into a ball…” me: “erm yes I guess a bit like that” Lily: “…and then they go back to the hedgehog’s house for tea!!!!” me “erm, yer sure”. Nothing like a hedgehog/lion tea party, right?! We still have to make a do not disturb sign for a hibernating hedgehog, but we cracked on with the chocolate hedgehog cake.
Now before I carry on with this… lower your expectations… okay keep lowering them… little bit more… ok, now you probably won’t be too disappointed with the final result!
Lily pretty much knows the drill now, when it comes to cakes, usually she uses a brush and soya margerine, to grease the cake tins whilst I cut out circles of grease proof paper for the base.
We ended up doing a bit of an ingredient hunt around the kitchen, which we don’t usually do and got Lily thinking a bit more about the ingredients we use.
Right, we are ready to get baking!! All the ingredients on the table! The cake part of the recipe supplied is actually vegan (bonus points for the nature detectives) but the cream cheese frosting wasn’t. I decided to just stick to my usual chocolate sponge and chocolate cream cheese frosting from vegan cupcakes take over the world.
Standard, quality control testing.
Shocking how much this cake is starting to look like a HEDGEHOG, right?!? that’s HEDGEHOG! Did you get that? It’s going to be a HEDGEHOG!!
Ahem! So erm the chocolate HEDGEHOG, was meant to have chocolate buttons for spikes but my husband accidentally got chocolate chips. Lily chose to use one for the end of it’s nose and then two raisins for the eyes. I would like to blame a lot of the decorating issues on her, but well I’m not that mean! I really am not good at cake decorating!
Lily was very pleased with how the cake turned out and well at the end of the day, who cares what it looks like… it’s chocolate cake after all! I actually came across a few craft and sewing fail blog posts the other day, and before reading that, I may have been ashamed to post a picture of this cake, I have made a fairly successful ladybird cake previously (about 3 years ago) and I have kinda left that area of cake making alone, despite collecting cake decorating ideas on pinterest. It is kinda one of my crafting resolutions to learn some cake decorating techniques. Until then, I might stick to sewing! I will be back soon, with some posts about my latest sewing creations!