I got the idea from a Woman's Day magazine, it's pretty simple and looks very effective.
I melted chocolate for the top and smoothed it on with a rubber scraper thing, the magazine recommended piping it but I thought that would be too messy and complicated and a little unnecessary. I used pearl coloured cauchos to follow the swirly line of the chocolate. TIP: if you do something like this make sure you stick the cauchos on straight away as the chocolate hardens pretty quick, I learnt the hard way! For the stick of the ice cream I used copper gel colour to make the stick orange and then put some more colour in but didn't mix it in completely so that when I rolled it out it looked a bit like a wood grain!
This is a bit I cut off the cake, I recommend that if you ever have a small bit of cake leftover ice it and keep it as what I call a 'candle cake'. You can stick a whole bunch of candles in it and it doesn't matter if wax drips on it rather than ruining your masterpiece.
For this cake Woman's Day recommended using an oval pan to cook it in and then cutting one end off but I didn't have an oval pan so I just used a rectangular pan, used a round pan to get the rounded top. I included a diagram below for how I cut it out - the bits shaded green are what I cut off.
On the left, Stacey's friend Zoe then my beautiful sisters Stacey, Carly and Ellen at the back.
Blowing out the candles, possibly getting a bit of help from her friend!
So lovely to see the cake get eaten, people went back for seconds which is always a compliment! I personally can't though or I'd feel sick because it's so sweet
Stacey got a super cute puppy for her birthday and I was lucky enough to be able to sneak a cuddle. Her name's Tilly and she's a Jack Russell x Chihauha - going to be quite the yapper but she is pretty cute!
Also how much do I NOT look like the rest of my family?!