I guess it was really just a matter of time before one of my friends asked me to make a One Direction cake and cupcakes for their daughter. Cake for the party and cupcakes for the party bag. You can never have too much cake!
While I would love to say I considered modelling figures of Niall, Harry, Zayn, Louis and Liam, I have to admit that novelty cakes are really not my speciality. Instead I worked around their colours and logo and tried to create something that would appeal to 7 year old Abby and her friends.
I ordered rice paper cupcake toppers online for the cupcakes and used red, black and white sugarpaste to make the decorations for the cake. Rice paper toppers are a great idea because the possibilities for the message or picture you put on them are endless. We chose the very simple I♥1D, which looks very ’80s to me and is probably why I like it. I rolled out some white sugarpaste, positioned the toppers and then rolled over them all very gently. That gives you a slight indent for the rice paper to sit in. Then I stuck the toppers onto the sugarpaste using a tiny amount of water. Too much water and they will dissolve. I cut out sugarpaste circles with a pastry cutter:
I also used red, white and black sugarpaste to make bows and stars for the cake and its topper. It’s a good idea to make all the decorations a couple of days in advance to give them time to dry out properly. I added tylo powder to the cake decorations to help them harden.
Once you have made your decorations it’s just a case of making your favourite cake or cupcake recipe and assembling them. I made Abby’s cupcakes in vanilla sponge and her cake in chocolate sponge. I baked Abby’s cupcakes in red metallic cases and put a thin layer of vanilla buttercream on the top to stick the topper on. A piped swirl of buttercream around the edge with some red sprinkles and glitter finish off the look.
The first batch of vanilla cupcakes didn’t make it out of the house because still not being entirely used to my new oven I decided to set it lower than I would normally. I thought I had put it on 160ºC but when the cupcakes still weren’t baked after about half an hour I realised I had set the oven to 110ºC by mistake. Luckily they tasted good when they were finally done but I made some more for Abby! Abby’s cake was a 9″ square chocolate sponge and while I did manage to set the oven to the proper temperature I had to make use of the potato peeler on the edges again…
I levelled the cake and cut it into two layers, filled it with chocolate buttercream and used some white sugarpaste to square off the base.
I used vanilla buttercream to mask the cake as I was using white sugarpaste, just in case chocolate buttercream showed through. I decorated the cake in the style of a present and then added the One Direction decorations. I found their logo online and cut it out freehand: I thought it was going to be really difficult but luckily it turned out to be fairly easy.
I’m sure Abby would have liked a visit from the boys of One Direction for her birthday but hopefully the cake and cupcakes were a welcome subsitute. Happy 7th Birthday Abby!