It has to be said that few people know their own mind as well as a small child, and one particular small child was insistent that he wanted a wolf cake for his birthday party.
6 year old F, who is Ed’s nephew, had already had a bat cake on his actual birthday and the wolf cakes were for his party. We tried to persuade him to have bat cupcakes, I showed him Sarah’s here, but to no avail. “But bats are not orange Helly, I want a wolf cake”. His older sister H, was holding out for the remains of the chocolate orange, but F was not to be persuaded.
“I want a grey wolf cake, but I could also have a yellow or red Ethiopian wolf or a snowy white wolf”. And apparently Ethiopian wolves do not go grey with age, they stay either yellow or red.
Wolf cakes it was. In a previous year F was equally insistent that he had to have an Easy-jet cake, not BA or any other airline, which required a vat of orange food colouring.
I set to work humming A-Ha to myself.
Given a lack of time I was rather pleased with these, simply pipe a swirl of grey buttercream, then add ears and a nose. Fangs were cut up mini marshmallows and the eyes gold soft balls from Dr Oetker and the responsibility of my able assistant H. If I were making these again I would make more prominent eyes using a polka dot with a drop of black food colouring on it.
Both children had a great time practising piping onto a chopping board, we scraped the board clean and refilled the piping bag a good few times.
I have a feeling that with the addition of whiskers these could also work as cat cupcakes?
I have just realised that I do not have a basic cupcake recipe on the site! Time to write one!