Baking

Circus tent

circus tent
1 Item
1H 15M

Ingredients

Decorations

Method

1.Preheat oven to 140°C/280°F. Grease two deep 20cm (8-inch) round cake pans; line base and sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm above sides.
2.Make cake according to directions on packet. Spread mixture evenly into pans; bake about 1 hour 10 minutes. Stand cakes in pan 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire racks to cool.
3.Level cake tops; spread cut sides of cakes with jam. Sandwich cakes, position on 25cm (10-inch) round prepared cake board or cake stand, secure with a little jam. Spread remaining jam all over cake.
4.Knead icing on surface dusted with sifted icing sugar until icing loses its stickiness. Divide icing into four even portions; tint one portion yellow and one red. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap.
5.Roll out one white portion until large enough to cover top of cake. Position icing on cake, trim edge neatly.
6.Divide remaining white icing into 24 even portions. Knead icing on surface dusted with icing sugar into 24 x 9cm logs. Repeat with red icing.
7.Place four logs of each colour side-by-side, alternating colours; roll logs into a rectangle about 10cm x 15cm until 4mm thick. Using a plastic ruler as a guide, trim edges of logs neatly to fit height of cake.
8.Using picture as a guide, press logs onto side of cake. Repeat with remaining logs to cover side of cake. Secure Kool Mints around base of cake with a little water.
9.To make bunting; roll out yellow icing until 3mm thick. Cut into 3cm triangles; secure around top edge of cake with a little water.
10.Insert flags and candles into cake.

White icing is also known as fondant (it’s the traditional icing used on wedding cakes). It is available in packets from the supermarket and cake decorating shops. Keep the icing that’s not being handled, wrapped tightly in plastic. If logs don’t stick together during rolling, brush sides of logs with a little water. The tent can be completed two days ahead of the party.

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