other colours for Duggee and your squirrels of choice`
Preheat the oven to fan 180’ Grease and line the base and sides of a 28 x 35cm baking tray / roasting tin.
electric beaters or a freestanding mixer, beat together the butter and
sugar until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, crack the eggs and
whisk together with a fork. Slowly add the eggs to the butter and sugar
mixture, with the vanilla extract.
Sift together the flour,
cocoa and baking powder, then add to the egg mixture, using a spatula to
scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix until well combined.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before carefully turning out onto a wire rack.
make the buttercream, whisk the butter until light (using an electric
hand whisk or a freestanding mixer). Slowly add the icing sugar and
cocoa, loosening with milk, until light and fluffy.
cool, level the top of the cake with a large serrated knife. Slice the
cake into three lengthways, then pile the three parts on top of each
other, spreading buttercream between the layers. This will be the length
of your train. Slice into the top layer of sponge on the front portion
of the cake, then use buttercream to secure this onto the section
immediately behind (to make Duggee’s driving compartment). Make a small
dent between his compartment and the carriage behind, saving the small
portion of cake to keep you going while you decorate. Smooth buttercream
all over the outside of the cake and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
It should now vaguely resemble a train.
Roll the red fondant out
to a 5mm thickness. Carefully drape the very front part of the train.
Do similarly with the dark pink fondant on Duggee’s driving cab. You
might have to do this with several separate strips of fondant. Roll out
the green and yellow fondant, then cut strips and lay these alternately
over the back carriage of the train. Cut out four rectangles of light
blue (in two different sizes) which will be the windows for Duggee and
the Squirrels. Then cut out the shapes of Duggee and the Squirrels
(layering different colours, if necessary) and lay these onto the
windows on a flat surface. Use a damp paintbrush to help secure them, if
you need. Then fix these onto the train.
Top Duggee’s cab with a
rectangle of yellow fondant, and a border of purple, then use these two
colours to create wheels for the drivers’ Also create wheels for the
carriage. Make a grill and studs for the train, using yellow fondant, or
another colour of your choice. Add chimneys and studs to the front of