We celebrate our first birthday

red panda cake

Our Red Panda birthday cake has slightly more calories than bamboo. Photo: Jürgen Breitenbaumer

Today is Red Pandazine’s first birthday. We want to say thank you to all our readers and followers on Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram!

To celebrate this day we tried our first Red Panda birthday cake. Here you find the recipe:

Recipe: Red Panda Birthday Cake

Simple Sponge Cake:

5,2 oz/150 g wheat flour

1,4 oz/40 g cornstarch

3 teaspoons baking powder

5,2 oz/150 g sugar

some vanilla/vanilla sugar

120 ml oil

180 ml milk

3 medium eggs

1 teaspoon love for Red Pandas

Decoration

around 4,4 oz/125 g fondant

red and green food color

chocolate sauce

Equipment

toothpicks

brushes (medium and small)

rolling pin

Red Panda Template

Download our sketch,

print it (best A4 landscape) and cut it out.

 

Method

Mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, starch, sugar and vanilla). Mix the eggs with milk and oil and then add it to the dry ingredients. Pour batter into a springform pan with 26 cm in diameter and bake it at 180 °C for about 30 minutes (on the second shelf from the bottom).

After that allow the cake to cool.

Then use the Red Panda template to cut the cake.

Roll out the fondant with a rolling pin and cover the cake with it. Let it dry briefly. Use the template again and mark those places which should remain white with some small toothpick stitches.

Mix red and green food coloring. The more green you use, the more brownish fur your Red Panda cake will get. I have used the ratio 3: 1. Now color with the medium size brush all the red areas. Clean the brush and allow the color to dry. After that use the fine brush to paint the borders, the nose and the eyes with chocolate sauce.

Shape some whiskers from a small amount of fondant and place them carefully on the cake. The hairs will be automatically fixed by the food coloring.

Done!