You may have already seen Pigs in Mud cakes online: they are very cute and much easier to make than you might think. I was asked to make one by one of the mums from school for her daughter’s birthday party: my initial reaction was that it would be too difficult! I have been thinking about setting up as a baker from home for a while now and as I have recently bought a house and am no longer renting, I really have no excuse not to give it a go properly. So instead of saying no immediately I looked online. And although I don’t know who came up with the original idea, I found this brilliant tutorial with instructions from start to finish. Judging by some of the photos you can find of these cakes posted by people online, I highly recommend checking out the tutorial if you would like to give it a try but haven’t made sugarpaste animals before! I followed the step-by-step instructions for making the pigs as I didn’t really know where to start with them. I was amazed at how easy they actually were and although they are a little time-consuming, they are really fun to make.
The tutorial even includes a recipe for a chocolate cake and the ganache for the mud bath on the top. I chose to make my usual chocolate Victoria sponge recipe instead (three layers) and filled it with chocolate buttercream, rather than the ganache that the tutorial recommends. I used more chocolate buttercream on the side to stick the kitkats on and only made half the recipe quantity of ganache for the top. I made two sets of the pigs just in case they didn’t work out for some reason.
There is even a plan for placing the pigs if you want to follow it exactly, which I did, or you could stage your own bathing pig scene. Maisie had seen the cake online and requested one the same so I tried to get it as similar as possible for her.
I’m having some painting done in my house at the moment and the painters even asked if they could take a picture of my finished cake; something I am going to consider as a sign that it was a success!
Happy Birthday Maisie, and thank you for trusting me to make your cake!