4.17.2009

Cake - Part Deux

Colton's kid birthday party is tomorrow. He really wanted a Star Wars cake that was blue, so I accepted the challenge. I learned a lot from my first attempt to work with fondant and I wanted to give it a try again. Here's how it all went down.
I made 2 cakes on Thursday night and cut the marble cake into two squares and left the chocolate one as is. Next comes the thin layer of buttercream frosting. After my first cake I realized that you need to frost the sides too - not just the top. Lesson 1 learned.

In the bag is the colored fondant. My hands looked like I was turning into a smurf as I worked the color into the white substance. Lesson 2 not learned - wear plastic gloves. The beds of my fingernails are still blue.

Lesson 3 learned - Measure, measure and measure. Last time I just thought I could eyeball the size that I was rolling out. It works so much better to actually know how big you need it to be.
Lesson 4 learned - don't be skimpy on the amount of fondant you use. I had no tears this time since I used more fondant than I needed, but it was better than not having quite enough.

Here it is after I moved it from the table to the cake.

Then you need to trim the excess off. See - there's proof that I measured!

Remember the marble squares? Here they are stacked and frosted, waiting for the fondant.

Much better.

The stacking process....see that little hole on the top of the white cake? That's a wooden dowel you need to use to keep the cakes together.


Oops, not sure what happened to this picture - it's vertical vs. horizontal. Anyhow, you have to do something to cover up the hideous look of the space where cake one meets cake two. This time I opted for little balls.
And the moment you've all been waiting for....the final product. Colton placed all the little action figures where the need to go. They all have frosting on their feet and then are stuck to little fondant circles which in turn are stuck to the cake.
The cake was a lot of fun to make. Nothing spectacular and I have no plans of quitting my day job. Colton was grinning ear to ear when it was all done and that's all that really matters.






3 comments:

beejo said...

wow, that looks AWESOME! great job! :)

Swanson Family said...

HOLY SH*T is all I have to say. You are SO hired for the kids birthdays... my dump truck looks like a first grader made it!

Nice work, I am glad Colton as very happy!

Jaci said...

I will now call you Duff, from the "Ace of Cakes"...have you ever watched that show?!?! You are fantastic. The next thing you're going to have to learn is airbrushing for the details. Once you nail that, then maybe I'll hire you too.

:o)

EXCELLENT!