The ship is made up of two 7×10 sponge cakes, blackforest filling. I should have made it with fresh cream topping, and pop the finished cake into the fridge. But the explorer in me wanted to try something different – and decided to use fondant to cover the sponge cake. This proves to be a challenge, as the sponge plus the berries were rather soft, making the covering process rather daunting. Nevertheless, I managed to secure the planks of wood, albeit with a little uneven surface.
Second challenge – fresh cream needs to be stored in the fridge, but fondant can’t. What does this imply? I can only do the planks on the day itself, right to the hour before delivery! Was in cold sweat as I really hated to disappoint the little boy – same age as my own daughter. My belief of “where there is a will, there is a way” did not fail me!