doughnuts in the freezer ready to be baked. Right from the beginning I knew the sturdier yeasted variety would work far better as decorations than the more delicate baking powder doughnuts. They weren't quite as smooth as the first batch of doughnuts but it was close enough for jazz. As I usually try to do, we started the day before.
We managed to put on the lake (teal icing), dirt (chocolate icing), grass (green coloured coconut), rocks (milo cereal) and the Loch Ness Monster doughnuts by the end of the night. Having the muesli around the lake helped give it definition. I also considered Oreo biscuit crumbs instead of the muesli
If you look closely at this last photo you will see a bone of contention between Sylvia and me. She insisted that Lochie had a moustache. I resisted as long as I could.
It is unlikely that I will ever make another loch ness monster cake but if I do, I will have learnt quite a lot from this experience.
I am sending this cake to We Should Cocoa and Baking Crumbs.
More monster food on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Franken sushi (gf, v)
Monster doughnuts (v)
Monster rice krispies (gf, v)
Watermelon monster (gf, v)
How to Make a Loch Ness Monster Cake
You can take shortcuts by buying the cake, the doughnuts and frosting or make it all from scratch. I didn't take measurements of my icing/frosting or other elements. This really depends on the size of your cake. There are three different green icing batches to be made in different tints of green Add a little blue or yellow to green colouring for different tints. Keep some icing aside after spreading it on cake in case you need it for patching up bits of the cake.
What you will need:
1 rectangular chocolate cake (see below recipe or use your own)
2 or 3 firm doughnuts (like these)
Green icing for doughnuts (made with icing sugar, water and colouring)
Green frosting for lake
Chocolate icing for around lake
Coconut and green food colouring
Milo muesli, coco pops, crushed chocolate biscuits (cookies) for rocks
2 candy eyes
Bread sticks or pretzel sticks for tree trunks
White chocolate and colouring for tree branches
What to do:
- Dip doughnuts into green icing and leave for icing to set - best to leave overnight.
- Spread cake with frosting in the shape of a lake. Spread the chocolate icing around it. Use muesli, coco pops or biscuits to create a border with rocks.
- Rub a few drops of cheap green food colouring into some desiccated coconut to make it green. Sprinkle green coconut over the chocolate icing.
- Cut iced doughnuts to have one or two halves to be humps (cut slightly more than half), a small piece of doughnut for tail and a third piece that is whittled a bit to make it look like a head. Arrange on cake. I had my frosting on thick enough that they sat upright in it. Break skewer to just above height of cake and push through head and tail to keep them upright. Smooth icing over if necessary. Arrange eyes on monster head - use a little extra icing to make it stick if the icing has set hard on the doughnuts.
- To make the trees, lay breadsticks on baking paper on baking tray. Melt white chocolate and colour with green food colouring. Pipe into branches over breadsticks - we did this in a ziplock bag and snipped a corner out to pipe from. Place in fridge or freezer an hour or two until hard. Arrange around edge of lake (move rocks if necessary). I stuck them in cake by using a knife or chopstick to make a little hole and then pushed them into cake.
Vegan chocolate cake
(also used here, here and here in different quantities/tin sizes)
1 and 2/3 cups plain white flour
1 cup wholemeal plain flour
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
1 tsp salt
2 cup soy milk
2/3 cup oil
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line 9 x 13inch rectangular cake tins. Mix dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Sit in tin 5-10 minutes. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.
On the stereo:
Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage: Ian Whitcomb, White Star Orchestra