Maxi’s Diesel 10 Birthday Cake

Last night I finished two cakes, Maxi’s birthday cake and his party cake, I do so love it that he thinks that birthday’s are all about the cake, mainly as I totally agree!

He hasn’t seen his Diesel 10 cake yet, I wanted it to be a surprise.  I think I’d give it about 5.5/10.  It’s OK, but the colour of his body is slightly wrong, and some of the dimensions are a bit wonky.  Well that will teach me to start icing a cake that I have not moulded yet!

I’ve made an enormous amount of sponge cake for the party cake, so decided to make a banana loaf for this one.  the only problem is that sometimes the rising and consistency of this cake is not perfect, but it’s very tasty, so is made often.

The recipe is taken from “The Cook’s Companion” by Josceline Dimbleby, published in 1991… I knew I’d had it a few years, I didn’t realise I’d had it for 20!  Page 295 is quite sticky, it has had flour spilt on it, and it is obvious that something from this page is baked often.

To make 1 large loaf you need 500g (1lb) ripe bananas, 250g (8oz) self rising flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 125g (4oz) butter or margarine, 125g (4oz) sugar, 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of honey.

Mash the bananas with a fork; put the flour and salt in a bowl, and rub in the flour so the mixture looks like breadcrumbs; stir in the sugar (please don’t forget this, it doesn’t taste great without it, as I can contest to, as I forgot it once!), eggs, honey and bananas and mix well until it looks like a batter.  Yes it looks wet, but bear with it.  Bake at 180°C, 350°F for an hour and fifteen minutes; leave for five minutes; turn it out and allow to cool on a wire rack.  I always line the bottom of the loaf tin, with grease proof paper, as it allows for the cake to come out of it really easily.

Once baked I shaped the cake and then covered it with a yellowish, green butter icing (approximately 1 part butter to 2 parts icing sugar, with a splash of milk and required colouring)

Then it was just time to put the final touches onto it.

From fondant icing, I made black circles for the wheels; white flashes and grey windows for the sides; grey windows for the front; and of course a face and a claw.  It was easy to get the fondant icing to stick to the butter cream icing.  This helped as I was icing this at 3am last night, and was a little tired to say the least.

and the final product, a solid 5.5/10.  But I know Maxi will be happy, and that is all that matters.