Pigs in the Mud Cake

1 Jun

This is one of those cakes that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. I’d saved a picture of it from a cake website several months ago, but recently my mother in law shared the photo with me again on Facebook. I’d been meaning to get around to this but never did. Until Memorial Day. If you are interested in getting started with cake decorating and using fondant, this is a PERFECT beginning cake. It took little experience to form the piggies. If you can play with playdough and make figures that are semi-recognizable, you can do this. 🙂

I did make the fondant figures the night before, to be sure that they hardened enough overnight. I used store bought fondant, a little pink food coloring, and shaped it into these pigs. I used a very thin strip of fondant and wrapped it around a toothpick to let it dry for the tails.
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I made ganache to use to ice this cake, but you could use other frosting. Ganache is easy and VERY rich. You have to heat heavy cream in a saucepan, being careful not to let it boil. Then pour it over chocoalte chips and stir until all of the chips are melted. It will get thicker as it sits, and boy is it tasty!

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Once it was thick enough I spread it on each layer of the cake and started attaching Kit Kat bars. Once they reach all of the way around the cake, they look like a barrell for the little pigs. That have been waiting on the kitchen table all day. Dangerously close to within reach of the 1 year old. They’ve been begging me to spare their lives.

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Placing the Kit Kats on while the icing is still moist helps to be sure that they stick to the sides. But a ribbon adds extra support, as well as looking cute. I had this left over from a batch of cake pops.

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Lastly, spoon a large helping of ganache on top of the cake to look like the “mud.” If you use other frosting, just make sure that it’s not too runny. You don’t want it to run through all of the kit kat bars. Then place the pigs on top! Yay. 🙂
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