This Bertie Bassett Liquorice Allsorts cake was made for my boyfriend's dad's birthday last summer. I asked his family what his favourite candy bar or sweet was, thinking it would be a good basis for a cake. They told me he doesn't really eat sweets but does like liquorice allsorts - unfortunately, a lot of people don't like the taste of liquorice! I decided instead to decorate the cake with liquorice allsorts and to make a model of the Bertie Bassett character that is used to advertise Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts.
I baked a simple chocolate cake in a large square tin - as it was quite a few months ago I can't remember the recipe, but you can make any flavour cake that you like. If you are brave you could even flavour the cake with liquorice!
Carefully cover the cake with fondant (white roll-out icing)
To make Bertie Bassett I used Renshaw ready-to-roll icing; this multi-pack had most of the colours I needed and I also had a separate pack of pink icing.
I used the picture on the box of liquorice allsorts as a guide. First made the feet and hat, which was the most time consuming part, as this particular sweet is made up of what looks like tiny little sprinkles. I made a flattened ball for the base and then lots of tiny balls which I rolled between my fingers, mainly blue but some white (if you look at the picture there is a mixture of both). I then used a little water to stick them all over the base.
Next I made a square of white for the body with a thin layer of black and yellow on the bottom; a pink ball for the head, then made eyes, nose and mouth; two thick yellow cylinders for the trousers and thinner black cylinders for the legs and arms, and finally some pink hands. It was pretty easy to assemble though I made Bertie sitting down so he could sit on the cake and also to give him more stability as I'm not sure his legs could have held him up!
I sat Bertie on the cake and then placed a few liquorice allsorts sweets in the corners for decoration.
Here you can see the finished cake. I was really pleased with the way it looked, and it tasted good too!
I'm sending this to Alphabakes, the blog challenge I co-host with Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker, as the letter she has chosen this month is L.