Bamboo panda cake

Materials:

  • 150 gram of FunCakes Mix for Sponge Cake
  • 125 gram of FunCakes Mix for Buttercream
  • FunCakes flavour paste of your choice
  • 750 gram of FunCakes fondant – Elegant Ivory
  • Little bit of FunCakes fondant – Spring Green
  • 250 gram of FunCakes Modelling Paste – White
  • 150 gram of FunCakes Modeling Paste – Black
  • FunColours Dust – Milk Chocolate
  • FunColours Dust – Ivy Green
  • FunColours Dust – Snow White
  • FunCakes Sugar Pearls – Black
  • 140 ml of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 gram of soft unsalted butter
  • Dusting pouch with cornstarch
  • FunCakes Bake Release Spray
  • FunCakes edible glue
  • Wilton -Decorator Preferred- round baking pan Ø15 cm
  • Wilton -Perfect Height- rolling pin
  • Wilton brush set / 5
  • Wilton dusting brush set / 2
  • Wilton cooling grid
  • Wilton cake leveler
  • Wilton spatula – angled
  • PME tool flower / leaf
  • PME balltool
  • Karen Davies silicone mould – Bamboo by Alice
  • Paper towel
  • Cocktail stick
  • Plastic inserts

Preparation:
For the panda bear, proceed as follows: knead the white modelling paste until soft and smooth and roll an equally large ball for the head and lower body. Stick a cocktail stick in the lower part of the body and break it so that the stick does not protrude through the head. Make two holes for the eyes with the big ball of the ball tool. Knead some black modeling paste until smooth. Take two small equal pieces of black and fill in the holes of the eyes. You can spread this with the balltool. Place two black pearls in the modelling paste as eyes. Make a snout from a small ball of white and a nose from a very small piece of black. Glue this together with some edible glue. Make two equal black balls and make imprints with the small ball of the balltool. Glue this on the head. Take a piece of black and form the upper body and the legs from one piece. Stick this on the cocktail stick on top of the lower body. Now add the head. Glue a small ball of black on the back as a tail. Roll two equal pieces of black into a drop shape with flattened front and back and glue it against the lower body as hind legs. Make small soles of tiny white balls and glue these on the legs. Make the small bear the same way.

Bamboo: Powder the mould with cornstarch and tap out the excess. Knead a piece of ivory fondant until smooth and put it into the mould. Take it out and place on a piece of kitchen paper. Give the bamboo here and there a wipe with a brush and the green dust, but don’t use too much. Give all the deep seams an accent with a thin tassel and the brown dust. Then make a mix of brown and white dust and colour the entire bamboo with this mixture and a large slanted brush. Make as much bamboo as you need to go around the entire cake. Keep it in plastic inserts until further use. Knead some green fondant until smooth and make small drop shapes. Press them flat and give it a grain in the middle with the flower/leaf tool.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (convection oven 160°C) and grease the baking pan with Bake Release Spray. Prepare the Mix for Buttercream and the Mix for Sponge Cake as indicated on the packages or in the basic recipes for buttercream and sponge cake. Put the sponge cake batter in the greased baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. After baking, release the sponge cake on a cooling grid and allow to cool completely. Add to taste the flavour paste of your choice to the buttercream. Cut the sponge cake twice with the cake leveler and fill and cover with buttercream. Place in the refrigerator in order for the cream to stiffen. Roll out a piece of ivory fondant and cover the top of the cake with it, cut away the excess with a sharp knife. Give the fondant the same colour as the bamboo using the large brush and the mixture of brown and white dust. Make swirl movements to do so. Put the bamboo against the cake, this will stick thanks to the buttercream. Put the pandas on the cake with a little glue and add the leaves.

Tip! Go for an entire panda sweet table and combine this recipe with the pink panda cake, the panda candy bark, panda cookies and the panda marshmallows!