Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cactus



This cake was made for my Mom!

The pot is real but inside are two 4 inch rounds (carrot cake) topped with crushed Oreo's (that you cannot see) and a sports ball cake on top. I used tip #32 for the cactus (the green parts) and piped out over 600 royal icing needles (that dried overnight) using the #2 tip. (what a labor of love that was!)

I had a lot of fun with this cake but sticking every single one of the needles in was INTENSE!

The flower is fondant, forgot to mention that.

Every person in the restaurant we were at for dinner tonight thought the cactus was real! I got a lot of questions about it and a lot of looks once we started cutting into it!

Close-up:




PS - If any of you have asked me a question (or if you just have a question that you want to ask but haven't) in any of the posts below and I haven't answered, please ask it again on this post and I will respond in a separate post tomorrow. I apologize for my lack of response but I promise to get everyone's questions answered as best I can!!

-steph

3 comments:

Nine by Thirteen said...

how do you make your marshmallow fondant? By the way, that cactus cake looks awesome!

Steph said...

Thanks so much!

I use just a normal marshmallow fondant recipe.

(taken from Bunnywoman on a Wilton message board a few years ago)

Marshmallow fondant
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 tbsp water
1 1/2- 1 3/4 cup powder sugar

Place marshmallows in a standard 1 cup measuring cup and push down and pack them in. Place in a microwave safe bowl and add the water. Put in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Just long enough for them to soften and puff up. Take out and stir with a spoon until it is combined well. At this point it looks kind of soupy. Then add the sugar and mix and fold until all is incorporated and it is no longer sticky. I take it out of the bowl when it gets to the point where most of the sugar is incorporated and I knead it in my hands. This takes roughly about 5-7 minutes. Take a fondant roller or a regular rolling pin and roll out just as you would Wilton's fondant. You can get this fondant almost paper thin and it also repairs well. It's cheap, easy to work with, and tastes great too.

You can make a large batch of this fondant as well by doing this:

Large batch of Marshmallow fondant
1- 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows
2 tbsps water
2 lbs powdered sugar (8 cups)

Do the same procedure as above.


I hope that helps!!! My husband makes all of our fondant because it's too messy and I hate it!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a fun cake! Looks great!