How to Make a Robin Cake

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This little robin cake is perfect for the kids at Christmas, who aren’t keen on a classic fruit cake – what kid doesn’t love chocolate, after all?! His little hat and candy eyes make him fun and friendly, so he’ll be a real hit, whether they help make or eat him! Instructions by Ruth Wildish.

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How to Make

1. Pre-heat the oven 180OC / 160C fan assisted ovens / Gas mark 4.

2. Empty the contents of the cake mix into a large bowl and add the water, eggs and oil.

3. Gently mix for about 2 mins until smooth and creamy.

4. Grease the hemisphere tins and sit in their rings on a baking tray. Divide the mixture between the two halves and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes or until firm to the touch.

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5. Leave in the tins to cool enough to handle, then run a sharp knife across the top of the cakes, using the edges of the tin as a guide, to trim off any excess.

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6. Turn out of the tins and leave to cool. When completely cool wrap in clingfilm and pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes until hard to the touch. I find this helps to stop the cakes crumbling too much when icing them.

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7. Remove from the freezer and trim the bottom of one cake and stick to the board with buttercream.

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8. Cover the bottom half chocolate icing.

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9. Place the top half on to the bottom half and cover with the chocolate icing – you want a nice thick even layer all over.

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10. Working from the bottom of the cake to the top, push the tip of a pointed knife into the icing then pull up to create a v-shapped indent and peak.

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11. Your cake should look like a spiky brown ball.

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12. Roll out the red fondant and using a large round cutter, cut a circle.

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13. Make two semi-circles in the orange fondant and cut three lines for the toes.

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14. Shape an orange beak and stick on to the robin along with the red round, feet and candy eyes.

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15. Roll out the chocolate fondant and use the large round cutter to cut two oval shapes for the wings.

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16. Slightly wet the bottom side of the wing and stick to the cake. Turn the tips up slightly.

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17. To make the hat, roll a lump of red fondant into a cone shape, bend the tip over then put on the robins head.

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18. Roll a long even sausage with the white fondant and stick around the red hat on the cake.

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19. Stick half a cocktail stick into the tip of the cake, roll a ball with the white fondant and stick on to the cocktail stick.

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