Our last performance was actually 19th January, and I had allowed about 4 days to recover. Lots of rest, nothing in my diary etc, but unfortunately the ‘lurgy’ which had affected most of the cast, caught up with me too 🙁 So it’s only now that I’m feeling something approximating normal..well normal for me anyway! (See OPLL if you’re not familiar with my situation)
So, let’s catch up. This year’s pantomime was ‘Snow White and the Mini Ones’, offering some of our younger members the chance to shine 😀 and boy did they shine! Outstanding performances from our seven ‘Mini Ones’, but also from all our junior chorus. We had some new members this year too, both children and adults, and they fit right into our Panto family as if they’d been there for years.
Our principals were all fantastic, giving amazing performances, and congratulations to our Snow White who was played perfectly by Rebecca Munday in her first leading lady role.
But there’s also a very large team of people behind the scenes, without whom we wouldn’t be able to put on a show at all. There’s the Director, set construction, costumes to be made, lighting and sound technicians, Props management, stage manager and backstage crew, chaperones for the children, photography/videography, front of house, publicity, people to brew up at rehearsals (very important!) ticket secretary (very very important, we do need an audience 😂) someone to collate raffle prizes etc etc. And the most amazing thing about all these lovely people? They are all volunteers, and some of them do more than one of the above ‘jobs’
We got a fantastic review in the local paper, and had to turn people away for some performances.
If you’d like to take a look at some of our antics we have a Facebook page 😀
After our final performance, we always have a little party for the children, where they love to dance to numbers from the current Panto, and see if they can remember the choreography from some of our past shows too! They’re given ‘goody bags’ to take home, and I usually try to make a themed cake.
This year was no exception, and was a lot of fun to create. Remember the title of the Panto? If you hadn’t already guessed, The cake may give you a clue as to what our ‘Mini Ones’ were based on 😉
Isn’t she purty? 😂😂😂
For more pictures, please feel free to pay a visit to the Facebook page, but that’s all from me for now.
Until next time
Stay safe and healthy
Snow White and the Mini Ones Cake:
Grease and line 3 x 6″ round cake pans and 1 x 6″ hemisphere cake pan
375g Caster Sugar
6 large eggs
400g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Dr Oetker baking powder
10mls Vanilla Extract
In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the Stork and Caster sugar until light, fluffy, and light in colour.
Add the eggs one at a time, then half the flour. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add buttermilk and vanilla, mix again, then add the rest of the flour. Continue mixing until the flour is almost fully incorporated. Finish mixing by hand making sure the batter is well blended.
Divide the batter between the cake pans
Bake at 160 Celsius for 30 – 40 minutes (all ovens vary!)
Leave in the pans for 5 minutes then turn out onto racks until fully cooled
500g unsalted Butter at room temperature
1kg sifted icing sugar
10mls vanilla extract
Up to 60mls milk
Beat butter until creamy and light in colour
Gradually add icing sugar adding milk to desired consistency
Putting it together:
Level cakes. Attach the first round layer to a cake board with a little buttercream
Continue stacking round layers with buttercream in between, then add the hemisphere on top. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove about a 1/3 rd of the remaining buttercream and thin it down a little. Use this to crumb coat the whole cake, then put back in the fridge for 20 minutes. Colour the rest of the buttercream yellow, and apply a thick layer over the cake. Use a hot bench scraper to smooth it out (a small offset spatula will help the curved top)
Make the goggles out of thick layer of fondant using circle cutters. Cut a small bridging piece. Dust with silver lustre dust and set aside to firm up slightly. Cut 2 white circles of fondant to fit inside the goggles, then 2 smaller brown circles and 2 even smaller black ones. Place them on top of each other to make eyes. Roll 2 tiny white balls of fondant to use as catchlights. Make lips out of 2 sausage shapes of red fondant narrower at each end. Make a Cupid’s bow in the middle of the top lip by gently pressing down with a fondant tool or toothpick, and curl each end up slightly to make our princess smile 👄
Colour white fondant yellow by gradually adding gel colour until its slightly lighter than the buttercream. Roll out thinly and attach to the bottom half of the cake. Cut out several ‘frilly’ layers and add to the bottom to create a skirt effect. Reserve a frill for later.
Add more yellow gel colour to remaining fondant until it resembles the buttercream. Make two arms by rolling sausage shapes of equal size. Gently flatten out one end of each arm, then make an incision to create a ‘mitten’, rubbing gently to eliminate sharp edges. At the other end of the arm make a diagonal cut to make it sit flatter against the body.
Add the eyes, goggles and lips to the ‘face’ with a little buttercream. Roll out a strip of blue fondant and attach to the top of the skirt. Attach the arms using buttercream and toothpicks. Using the blue fondant, form puffy sleeves over the tops of the arms. Add some thin red strips as shown in the picture. Roll more red fondant into a long thin sausage to make the ‘neckline’. Roll a small thin strip of red to resemble a simple rose and attach to the middle of the neckline. Use the reserved yellow frill to cover the seam at the waist.
Make thick sausages of black fondant and attach to the head in layers, arranging them so that they look like Snow White’s hair, making lines and curling round as necessary.
Make a chubby bow in red fondant and add to the head on one side. I painted the lips and bow with gel colour to deepen the colour.
Finally, sprinkle with a little edible glitter (optional, but why not, she’s a princess after all!)
I use Renshaw’s brand fondant. I buy white in bulk, and darker colours like red, black and purple in smaller quantities as needed. This is because it’s difficult to achieve the deeper colours without adding lots of gel colour, which could affect the consistency.
I use mainly Wilton brand gel colours
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