Paddington marmalade jar cake

Today was my best friends boy’s 1st birthday and she asked me to help with the cake. She wanted a Paddington themed cake for the adults and a lower sugar version for the children so we decided on a marmalade jar and some themed cupcakes. 

For the cupcakes I used  a Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe for chocolate courgette bread and tweaked my nana’s fruit cake to make a marmalade flavoured version. I also made orange flavour buttercream and a low sugar chocolate cream cheese buttercream. I’ll link and post these recipes soon.
I made two fruit cakes and carved them slightly to get the jar shape. I torted each layer and spread marmalade on each layer too. I used thick buttercrean as a dam around each layer and sat in the fridge with a heavy book on top. I find this prevents bulging. I then crumb ciated and left to set in the frudge for 20 mins before doing a thicker neat coat.

I then place it on the covered board and  covered the sides with orange fondant. I did this in two sections, using the rolling pin to hold it as I pressed in on. Then I decorated with dark orange slithers and an edible icing sheet ordered from Love, Print, Eat.

The sandwich and suitcase were made from fondant too. I made these the night before while the cake was baking, along with the hats and boots and covering the board which gave each time to dry a little overnight. 

I finished the cake off by adding colored buttercream to the top to be the marmalade in the open jar and placing a few splodges on the board with left over fondant.

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