"Alien's love underpants cake"

Have you ever heard of an Edible Book Festival? No, neither had we, but when Zoe, at Playing by the book announced she was hosting one on her blog, we headed straight over. Up for grabs was an original drawing by Emma Chichester Clark, of Blue Kangaroo fame, and all we had to do was make an edible representation of a favourite book.

Well, we didn’t have to be asked twice, and immediately set about baking a cake representation of the Sword in the Stone, having recently enjoyed King Arthur and the Mighty Contest from the Crazy Camelot series by Tony Mitten.

"book-themed cake"Mummy baked a cake in a loaf tin, covered it in butter-icing containing far too much black colouring to be good for us, and then got stumped on the sword. "edible shimmer spray glitter"Luckly Twitter came up with the answer: roll out fondant icing, cut 2 lengths, and leave to dry hard. Thencover with stuff we never knew existed – edible silver shimmer spray!

For good measure, to make the sword stronger (and just because we like them) we stuck Curly Wurlys along the back of the icing with a little bit of icing sugar mixed up with egg white, then plunged our sword into our rock hard cake! 😉 A quick spray of shimmer all over, and our cake was off on it’s cyberjourney to enter the competition.

We were allowed 2 entries, so it didn’t take long before the Bug wanted something themed around his favourite book, Aliens love Underpants, by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. Mummy was quick onto this one, having seen some primary-coloured icing in Sainsbury’s. Using 2 cakes baked in a metallic bowl, she sandwiched them together and coated them with jam to make first an alien, and then his pants.

Chocolate Mikado biscuits propped up icing ball eyes, embellished with black writing icing. Once again the photo headed over to Playing by the Book, only moments before all that remained on that cake board was pants 😀

To see all the entries head over to Playing by the Book, and for more inpiration check out the edible books on Pinterest.