Alright, so to say life has been busy is an understatement! With looking after my dad's estate and my sister's wedding a week and a half ago things have been nuts. I do intend to get back to my poor neglected blog, but it'll be slow going for a bit. But without further ado, here is another cake post (don't worry, just a few more before the big wedding cake reveal!!!)
I got a request from a scrapbooker friend of mine to do a cake for her son. Luckily her request was quite vague and I could basically do whatever I wanted. Her son loves X-Box, and also a game called Skyrim. I don't play Skyrim, but my boyfriend does, so I thought this was maybe the way to go.
For this cake I made 3 10" chocolate rounds. This was something a little different because up to this point I have always just done 2. My thought process with this one was that if I made 3 I could go to town leveling them to hopefully get a better base to work with. And it proved very successful.
Because it was a "I'm doing this cake at 10pm the night before it's due" I didn't get any photos of the cake in progress!
The other thing I tried was using Duff brand fondant. I needed to buy black fondant because it's one of those things that you should never try to make yourself. That and red!
Firstly, it's pretty expensive. Even with my 40% off coupon I still payed about $18 for the tub.
I'd read really good reviews about it, so I was pretty pumped to try it.
When I opened it up it smelled SO good! And it tastes pretty good too!
That's about where the compliments stop. It was extremely soft and pliable, which in some ways is good, but when you're trying to cover a 10" cake, I found it made it very difficult to work with. It took me 3 tries to actually get it on my cake without ripping and bunching and sticking to itself.
In the end, the result was pretty good after a fair bit of frustration
On top, I piped the dragon from the game by cutting out a paper version, placing it on my cake, tracing around it with something pointy, and filling it in with buttercream.
I used the Wilton silver pearl dust to give the dragon a little more dimension. I tried painting it on, but in hindsight I would have just tried mixing it in with my buttercream.
Around the edge of the cake, I piped some "dragon scroll." I went and found the alphabet for it online
and spelled out "Happy Birthday Keegan"
All in all it turned out really well, and the mom and birthday boy both loved it!
This cake actually made me feel like maybe, just maybe, Leslie's wedding cake will be alright. :P