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Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

Now, statistics prove that you’ve one birthday
Imagine, just one birthday every year
Ah, but there are three hundred and sixty four unbirthdays!
Precisely why we’re gathered here to cheer
A very merry unbirthday to you

Now blow the candle out my dear
And make your wish come true
A merry merry unbirthday to you! 

-Mad Hatter and March Hare, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Alice in Wonderland

Whether you're celebrating a birthday or an unbirthday, make this Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday cake from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party (inspired by the Disney version), whatever the reason! It's easier than you think, and will be the centrepiece of your party!


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To make the unbirthday cake is quite straightforward, and, if you can pipe well, you’ll have an even easier (and neater) time than what I did.

The Inspiration

 I went between a Disney book and the Disney movie. Naturally it would’ve been nicer for it to be taller, with more exaggerated angles, however this cake packs some heavy pounds, and for a beginning attempt, I wasn’t willing to risk my 3 hours of baking. I’m sure this won’t be my last try at an unbirthday cake though…

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

 

The Vanilla Cake

To get the shape, we use a doll cake pan, and begin by baking a simple vanilla cake.

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake
 
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Ingredients
Vanilla cake (gluten free)
  • 3 cups gluten free self-raising flour
  • 1 cup gluten free plain flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 300g of butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cups of milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tsp of vanilla essence
Pink icing
  • 600g white rolled icing
  • concentrated food colouring
Buttercream icing
  • 250g softened butter
  • 3 cups pure gluten free icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp of milk
White Icing (for decorating)
  • 250g of melted Copha (keeps it white)
  • 3 cups pure gluten free icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp of milk
Candle
  • white icing
  • yellow concentrated food colouring
  • gold edible pearl powder
Instructions
Vanilla cake
  1. Preheat oven to 140oC.
  2. In a mixer toss in 3 cups gluten free self-raising flour, 1 cup gluten free plain flour, 2 cups white sugar, 300g of softened butter (I often melt it before), 1 ¼ cups of milk, 6 eggs and 3 tsp of vanilla essence, and mix well.
  3. Grease the doll cake pan with either butter or baking spray before filling with the cake mix.
  4. Place on a baking tray for stability before placing on a bottom rack in the oven.
  5. Bake for 2.5 hours until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Set aside to let cool completely (approx 1-2 hours)
Pink icing
  1. Meanwhile, mix together ~600g of white rolled icing with pink colouring.
  2. Start bit by bit, softening the icing with your hands, and adding a thumbprint of colouring at a time, folding it in, then twisting and squishing until it's swirl free.
  3. Finally, once all the icing is mixed, combine it all together and knead it so the colour is smooth and consistent. If your hands get sticky with the icing, dust them with some icing sugar.
Buttercream icing
  1. In a mixer, beat together 250g softened butter (not melted!), 3 cups pure gluten free icing sugar and 1 tbsp of milk.
White icing
  1. In a mixer, beat together 250g of melted Copha (keeps it white), 3 cups pure gluten free icing sugar and 1 tbsp of milk.
The Process
  1. Once cooled slice 1cm off the tiny base so the cake can balance by itself. Don’t level off the top, as it should’ve risen higher in the middle, which will create the arched/curved cake top that the unbirthday cake is shown to have.
  2. Coat the entire cake with a layer of buttercream icing, using the icing to fill in big gaps on the top of the cake.
  3. Roll out enough pink icing and drape over the entire cake.
  4. Use a cake smoother to remove bubbles and smooth the surface.
  5. Finally, you decorate with white icing and some tiny fondant roses. Not much detail is shown for the type of piping they use, so make your own judgement on what looks good.
The Unbirthday Candle
  1. To make the cartoon candle, mix a tiny amount of white rolled icing with blue, roll and cut out with a flower cookie cutter. Drape over a round edge to curve it and let it sit and dry.
  2. For the candle, mix a small handful of white icing with yellow colouring and mold into a candle like shape. Don't worry too much, this is supposed to be cartoony based afterall. To finish it off, I dusted the candle with some edible pearl powder in gold, and its flower shaped base with blue edible pearl dust.

Additional Images of creating the Unbirthday Cake

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

  Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

 

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Unbirthday Cake

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