It was my baby’s 13th birthday. I asked her what sort of cake she would like…thinking all things girly…like horses or pretty pink or butterflies or shoes or handbags. But no, her answer…A Spongebob cake! So here’s what I did. Enjoy.

First, I drew a sketch as a guide adding in the colours I wanted to use and where everything was placed. This is an easy reference guide along with printed images.

Then, I ganached my white chocolate mud cake. There needs to be approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cm thick ganache over the entire cake. Once the ganache is to the required thickness boil the kettle and use a palette knife dipped into the boiing water to smooth the ganache completely. We don’t want any nasty ridges or divets that will show through the fondant icing.

You will need a set of shaping tools.

And some food colouring for colouring the fondant icing.

You will also need: fondant icing, cornflour in a shaker, food colours, tylesol and a rolling pin.

Take the white fondant icing…

Chop into manageable pieces for easy kneading.

Add the yellow food colouring and knead.

Knead until colour is solid throughout the icing. You do not want streaks.

Place any un-used icing in a ziplock bag to prevent it drying out.

Roll out the icing until it is 3 mm thick. Sprinkle cornflour onto your work surface to prevent the icing from sticking to your bench. Keep turning the icing as you roll so that you end up with a rectangle shape. Once you are happy with the size, roll the icing around your rolling pin.

Lift the icing rolled onto the rolling pin and gently lay it over the cake. Unroll the icing from the rolling pin. Gently run your hand over the surface of the cake to remove any air bubbles. Press the icing to the sides and trim any excess.

Add the base colour for his eyes and shirt.

Then his baby blue iris.

Pupils, mouth, belt and pants.

Tie, tongue and cheeks added.

Teeth and eye details.

Add finer details with writing gel or royal icing coloured to the appropriate colours.

Finally, mould his nose, arms and legs from fondant icing. Then write in the detail. Voila. One Spongebob Cake.

images: Linda ~ Pleasures of the Plate