Is it time consuming, yes it is, but not everything has to be made in one day. The cake can be made up to 4 days before (if using a mud cake). The icing can be done the day before, the fence and tiles at the same time as icing, also the day before.
Do not put it in the fridge with the m&m's on, they change colour in the fridge and bleed once out of the fridge.
The jelly needs to be put on close to serving, up to an hour before is ok.
If you are thinking of making this cake, keep an eye out for cute little dolls that come out every now and then in the shops.
Marbled Mud Cake
28cm cake tin
Ready to roll Icing
White Chocolate Ganache
1 covered cake board
M&M's for tiling
Sour strap for the slippery dip
4 Lolly pops for the slippery dip handles and the ladder handles
Musk sticks for the pool fence and ladder
Liquorice for the ladder steps
2 packets Blue jelly crystals
Cute dolls to play in the pool
Mini pool accessories like balls and floaties
I like to use mud cakes as they are firmer than a sponge say, plus I like the flavour. Make any cake you like, in any size you like, just adjust the decorations to match. The cake I made was a 28cm square marbled mud cake.
Once the cake is made and cooled completely, you need to cut out a hole in the cake about 2cm deep. Leave a 2cm border around the edge, then carefully dig out the pool hole.
I lined the pool with ready to roll icing which I tinted blue, so that the jelly pool water will not get crumbs in it and would be really blue once added. Roll the icing really thin, as I generally don't like hard icings, I just wanted a barrier between cake and jelly. The cake can be baked up to four days before, the ready to roll icing can be placed on once the cake is cold. Cover with cling film if not continuing with further steps until later.
I made the white chocolate ganache as mentioned in my White Chocolate Mud Cake recipe. That I spread all over the cake, except on the ready to roll icing. Before the ganache sets you need to put on the M&M tiles and the Musk stick fence and ladder, doing it straight away, ensures everything will stick once set.
Make two holes in the sour strap, which the lolly pop handles will go through. Using some spare ganache 'glue' the sour strap to the top of the lolly pop. Once set place the lolly pop handles and sour strap on the pool edge. Place some toothpicks under the sour strap to give the slippery dip a bend and to also keep it out of the 'jelly' water.
If you are having the party at home, put the jelly on the cake and decorate with the dolls and accessories, up to one hour before. The jelly just needs to be given a slight stir, then carefully spoon it on.
If you are having the party else where, take the cake and jelly separate to the venue. Make sure there is a refrigerator to keep the jelly in at the venue. Put the jelly and accessories on an hour before needed, it does not take long. I made the mistake of putting the jelly on at home, then driving an hour to a party, the jelly was moving around like real water.
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