This week last year my Nephew, Alan, turned 4. I had been dabbling in cake decoration for about 9 months by then, so this was my first opportunity to make a cake for him. Since December 2010 Alan had firmly decided that he wanted a Buzz Cake for his birthday. Over the months that followed I was gently reminded on a regular basis that ‘you’re making a Buzz Cake for me’.
So with all this advance notice and the eagerness of an aunt not wanting to disappoint a very excited little boy, I did my Toy Story research and spent many a quite time day dreaming about potential design options. This involved trying to balance the desire for the maximum WOW factor with the reality of my then skill levels.
2 weeks before the big birthday I dropped by to get final confirmation on the cake theme. To my surprise I learned that Buzz had been relegated and Ben 10 was now the hero of the day! Not knowing a thing about Ben 10, I rushed home, grabed the remote control to Sky + a few episodes and settle in for a crash course in all things Ben.
With my new found knowledge of the world of Ben 10, I decided the Ben character and his watch would be the main focus of the design, with other elements added to bring it all together. This was a most enjoyable cake to work on and it also allowed me the opportunity to experiment a little. It was my first attempt at adding sugarpaste on wire to a cake design. I was very pleased with the extra dimension these added to the design.
The finished product was a huge success and Alan was thrilled with his cake. All things considered I don’t think any of my Buzz ideas could have had as good a reaction as this one did.