23 Aug 2012

Lollipop Junction

Author: will | Filed under: food, LBC, personal information, photo

The LBC asked “What is your Earliest Memory” a few weeks ago. Well… I have three possible memories.

I can’t accurately date two of them.

One is of a copper framed round mirror that used to hang in the kitchen (and is now in my own house), however that mirror hung there for over a decade (behind some hideous wallpaper). Which means I can’t say if it was my first or not.

Another is of a brown Ford Escort with altered suspension driving across a bumpy road, then a guy with enormous flares getting out to explain this as an example of destructive harmonics. It turns out that this was an episode of the Open University physics course. That such geekery is an early example of my memories should explain a lot about me.
But I can’t date it. I didn’t even remember it as a TV programme until I caught a late night repeat decades later.

The one memory I can date accurately is my fifth birthday party. Or rather the cake for my fifth birthday party.

I had to do a bit of research on this. Mum called the train shaped cake “Lollipop Junction” as she iced lollipops to the board to form “trees”. It turns out, thanks to the lovely people at Odlums that the cake is one of their recipes (I think McDonald is the author), called “The Runaway Train”.
So I decided to recreate it.

I was either going to be a triumph, or a disaster. With cake. So all evidence could be eaten.

You can see the original in the first picture of my starting set. I’ve made a few changes… Firstly instead of pouring chocolate frosting over the entire thing (which would be messy) I went with white fondant icing. Next, since I hate licorice, I swapped the licorice allsorts with jammy dodger biscuits. I also used midget gem jelly sweets for lights and stacks.

The decoration is fairly simple. Use sponge cake as the basis for the engine, engine cab and carriages. Use a swiss roll for the fuselage. The jammy dodgers became the wheels and the jellies became the decorations.
I added a few ducks to the engine as I had a duck shaped cookie cutter, and the duck has become the logo for the TOG.ie hackerspace.

I didn’t use all the supplies I set out to use. The chocolate fingers that were to be tracks simply stayed in their packet as I couldn’t safely lift the train (and will be eaten later), & some frosting never got opened. Also the board I prepared proved to be too small.

The TOG craft night was on at the same time, and I stopped after 2 and a half hours because the craft group were brewing tea and approaching with sharpened knives. And plates.

So it wasn’t a triumph. It was my first attempt at cake decoration after all. I’ve never even tried putting frosting on a cupcake (I might have sliced the top off fairy cakes in the past, but that was a group speed thing). So is a bit of a train cake wreck.

And it tastes lovely with tea.

This is a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “Earliest Memory”.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar.

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3 Responses to “Lollipop Junction”

  1. Grannymar Says:

    You had cake and didn’t invite me! What kind of Toyboy are you?

    Great post and plenty of effort behind it. :D

  2. Maxi Says:

    What a great cake, sooo original. I wanna piece…

    Blessings – Maxi (new LBC member)

  3. Will Knott Says:

    Maxi, I don’t think the cake would survive the shipping. (Next time I’m do cupcakes I’ll investigate the cupcake challenge and see what survived the shipping).

    And GM, let me know next time you’re down and I’ll drop a cake over to Elly. Its standard Lidi maderia :)

    If I had baked the cakes it would have taken too long for them to cool down before I could start the decorating.

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