Candice Brown, 2016 winner of The Great British Bake Off, has teamed up with Skoda to pay tribute to one of the coolest TV ads in modern memory.
Remember the life-size Skoda Fabia cake from 2007? Well, Candice isn’t quite baking an entire car. Today’s iteration is a tad more manageable – and you can even bake it yourself.
Candice’s miniature replica is comprised of six layers of fluffy lemon sponge held together with citrus-infused buttercream panelling. Fondant icing is used for the new LED headlights, wheels, windscreen wipers, front grille and Skoda badge. Read on for the full recipe.
Video: Candice Brown bakes a Skoda cake
“Everyone remembers and loves the original ad, so when I got the challenge through to recreate the new Fabia out of cake, I jumped at it” said Candice.
“We’re encouraging everyone and anyone to have a go to see if they can recreate the car.”
“The beauty of baking is that it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are, regardless of what it looks like cake is always delicious, so you can’t go far wrong…hopefully.”
Recipe: how to bake your own Skoda Fabia
Here’s the recipe for your very own Fabia, as seen on the Skoda website:
Baking the cake
- Preheat the oven to 160°C fan (180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4). Grease and line six 25cm cake tins
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, baking powder, eggs, lemon zest and juice. Mix together until smooth, fluffy and combined
- Divide the mixture evenly between the six cake tins
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the sponges are risen and golden
- Remove from the oven and turn out the sponges on to a wire rack to cool
- While your cake is cooling, make your lemon buttercream
- Combine the sifted icing sugar with the butter and add the juice and zest of one lemon
- Mix together until smooth and creamy
Decorating the cake
- Sandwich each layer of sponge with your buttercream to create six layers
- Carve the cake to create a rectangle. Looking at the top of the cake find the middle point and start to carve down in a curve to roughly the third layer to create the windscreen and bonnet shape of your car
- Cover the cake with the remaining buttercream
- Roll out the fondant icing in the colour of your choice
- Drape the fondant over the cake and smooth down
- Using different coloured fondant carve out the shape of the windows, headlights, front grille, tyres and Skoda badge, and stick to the cake using a dab of water
- Add your finishing touches
- Share your bake using #FABIACake
Lastly, as a timely reminder, here’s the original Fabia cake advert…