Tuesday, 4 October 2011

How to make a LEGO brick cake

When I was looking online for ideas on how to make a LEGO cake for Calum's birthday last week I really struggled to find something useful.

There were plenty ideas for LEGO themed parties, many with a LEGO cake, but no suggestions as to how you go about making said cake.

Now, I realise it's not exactly rocket science.

Just cover a cake with icing and add some studs on top.

Still, I thought I'd share how I went about making ours anyway, as there are plenty LEGO fans out there!

You will need:
Victoria sponge mixture x 2
quantity of butter icing (100g butter/margarine beaten with 300g icing sugar and 1tsp vanilla essence)
around 1kg of white sugar paste icing
strawberry or raspberry jam

So, firstly I used my Victoria sponge recipe, which is here, and a square Brownie Tin to make the cake. 

Actually you need double the amount of cake mixture so that you can make two squares and sandwich them together.

~Sit the two squares on top of each other and then slice straight down the middle. Leave one half this size and cut the other half again, horizontally this time.

Making the coloured icing was my next task.

I use these gel food colourings as you need so little of them to get a good colour and they don't dilute the icing or whatever it is you are making.

~Take about half of the sugarpaste and turn it red.

Using a cocktail stick or skewer, add some gel colouring to the icing and then knead it in until you have a solid colour. 

Keep adding more and more, a little at a time until you get the shade you want.

A word of caution though.

The red does take a while to make as it stays quite pink for a while.

And by the time you get to the shade you want, you end up with hands that look as though you have been up to something gruesome!

~Split the rest of the sugarpaste in two and colour each half in the colours of your choice.

I went with yellow and green.

~Sandwich each of your LEGO bricks (the rectangle and the two squares) together with the butter icing and some jam.

~Take a small section of your coloured sugarpaste (let's say red to start with), and mould it into some little flattish balls. These are the studs.You will need 8 for the rectangle and 4 for each of the squares.

It's best if you have a LEGO brick available to compare the scale of these against your cake.

~Now using a cocktail stick or skewer, write LEGO on each ball/stud, in capital letters of course!

~Roll out the sugarpastes, a colour at a time, and cover each of your blocks.

~Rub a little bit of water on the bottom of each LEGO ball/stud (this will help them stick) and place on the cakes.

As a finishing touch we added a selection of favourite LEGO mini-figures, and believe me, we have plenty to choose from in this house!

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