Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rubik Cube Pac Man Cake!

If you were born in the late 70s / early 80s you likely have a special affinity with Rubik cubes or Pac Man.  Ok so yeah, I LOVE the Rubik cube but left the Pac Man to my brothers lol!!

With 40-something birthdays this is such a fun look.  Check out how we made this cake below!  And if you already noticed the typo on the cake the fix is super easy with our approach;-).

Cake ingredients
10" x 10" Square cake pans
Cake boards (10" x 10" and 4" x 4")
Pixel Font template This is the exact sizing I used, some modification required
Sugar glue (made from 1 tsp of tylose, 1 tsp of sugar, and about 2-4 tbsp of super hot or boiling water-mix all and set aside for 15 minutes)
Fondant in white, red, blue, green, orange, and yellow
Black air brush color (or black fondant, although I find it easier to work with air brush)
Fondant rolling pin
Pasta roller mixer adapter
4"W x 4"L x 4"H Styrofoam block (see Styrofoam Note below)

Styrofoam Note
To make this block I used an 8" round cake foam (4" tall) and cut it down to 4"W x 4"L (x 4"H).  I used a foam wire cutter that my husband built using a hand built frame, guitar string, and a voltage regulator.  However, the homemade version can be a little unstable so I do recommend buying a foam cutter online (google hot wire foam cutter).  You can of course just make this cube out of cake, however, you might consider a ganache rather than buttercream layer under the fondant to achieve the crisp square look.

And we begin!

Step 1.  Bake  Square Cakes
Bake two 10"x 10" cake layers (2" tall) per your designated formula.  Remove from pans and let cool completely atop their cake board and cooling racks.  Cut each layer in half.  Wrap your cake in plastic wrap and foil and store in your freezer.  If you have a designated cake freezer you should be good with no wrapping:).

Step 2.  Topper Time

Use the Pixel Font template to create your number topper.  You can use gumpaste, however, I personally prefer to use marshmallow fondant with gum tragacanth mixed in (although you can also use tylose powder).  I like to make toppers like these at least two days in advance to allow enough time to harden.  Typically overnight is good although it will depend on how much gum you mix in.

Step 3.  Buttercream and Cover with Fondant

Bring your cake out of the freezer and let thaw slightly so that you can split the cake layers apart.  Fill your cake accordingly and crumb coat with buttercream.  NOTE:  SQUARE CAKE TIP--->  Trim the corners from the inner layers to allow easier 'squaring' for both buttercream and fondant.  Roll out your fondant to cover your square cake.

ALSO cover your Styrofoam square with buttercream and cover with fondant.  NOTE: STYROFOAM TIP---> Place Styrofoam on cake board prior to buttercream (you can also use shortening or water).

Once tiers are covered in fondant let set to firm for about 1-3 hours in a cool dry area.

Step 4.  Black it out!

Take the firmed tiers and prepare your designated area for the black airbrushing.  You could always opt to cover the cake directly with black fondant rather than perform airbrushing but in all honesty I am NOT a fan of rolling out heavily colored marshmallow fondant lol.  Satin Ice fondant might be a good option here, however, beware of elephant skin and cracks (eek!).

Airbrush both the 10" x 10" and the 4" x 4".  

Step 5.  Fondant Details
Roll out your colors using the pasta roller attachment with the number 2 setting.  Let them firm for about half hour or longer.  This will allow for easier cutting, work-ability, and cleaner finish.

While these colors are drying out make your fondant pieces for the Pac Man detail.  NOTE:  FONDANT WORK-ABILITY TIP--->  Use shortening to 'stick' pieces on so you can easily make adjustments and 'fixes'.  This was how we fixed the text super easily, just quickly relocate ;-).

When the colors are nice and firm start your cutting using the same technique for the side blocks of the Lego Cake.  I used graph paper and drew out lines about 1.25" x 1.25" or whatever sizing works best for your cube.  Again use shortening to allow for quick and easy changes:).

Step 6.  Finishing
Cut out fondant rounds to secure skewers to the back of your number topper with sugar glue.  Insert number toppers into Styrofoam.  Also, insert a skewer under the cube to insert into the cake.  All skewers should be adjust for height accordingly.  And that is it!

Happy cake making!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Perfect Little Teddy Bear Topper

Hello Cake Couture fans!  This is a quick tutorial on how to make a cute little teddy bear cake topper.  The biggest trick here is getting the measurements right and that is exactly what I have for you today! Let us begin:).

What you will need:

Fondant in desired color
Powdered sugar and shortening (prefer crisco) for work-ability)
Gum Tragacanth OR Tylose Powder (I prefer the gum but I think most people prefer Tylose)
Black Sugar Pearls aka dragees which are available at Michaels or your local cake supply shop
Stitch rotary tool available from your local sewing shop
Scale to weigh fondant
Sugar glue (Use a fork to mix 1 tsp Tylose and 1 tsp sugar with 2 tbsp super hot/boiling water and let set)
optional items: Bow mold available at Michaels in the wax molding area (I think) and contrasting fondant color


Step 1. Mix some gum or tylose with your teddy bear fondant to initiate firmness.  If you wait about 10 minutes or so this will help with modeling firmness.

Step 2.  Make a pear shape body with 3 ounces of fondant.

Step 3. Make the head ball out of 1.7 ounces of fondant

Step 4.  After head and body have dried a little, make two long tear drop shapes with 0.2 ounces of fondant for the arms

Step 5. Make 2 more similar tear drop shapes, but shorter squishing the bottom flat for the legs.

Step 6. With head and body a bit firmer/drier connect the head to the body with sugar glue and with the help of a toothpick if needed.  Assemble the legs and arms using sugar glue soon after you shape them to incorporate a soft look.

Step 7.  Cut a flat round piece out for the mouth area (you can secure this with shortening to avoid fondant mistake issues).  With mouth area piece in, mark eyes and nose spots and apply carefully.  Also add a tail if you like!  Make little ears by rolling a small ball and using a round tool or dowel for the hole.  Affix with sugar glue.

Step 8.  After teddy bear is more or less dry, very carefully run the rotary tool in desired areas to get a nice stitched look.  Also add the bow in contrasting color if desired.  

And that's it for Teddy Bear making!!

Happy Caking!

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Pokemon Pikachu Cake!

Hello Cake Couture fans!!  Here is a SUPER fun cake that I had never posted about!!  I made this cake back in 2015, but WOW it has had about 8,000 pins on Pintrest!

Thank you for loving this cake!<3 And btw when you see the pin now that I added the link to this post it reset the counter to 0 haha!

This post is a descriptive summary of the decor that went into this cake.

Below we will talk about the special font, the lightning, the ball, and modeling!

DISCLOSURE: I am sooo sorry for not having more working pic.  Sometimes I get so consumed in cake making that I forget to take pic!:-/

The Font

There are awesome font generators online for unique fonts. 

For this Pokemon font I went to:

Scroll toward the bottom and type in the text you want to generate.  When you generate this unique font save/copy it and transfer this to a word doc where you can further manipulate it to get it into the size that you want.    

Then cut each letter so you will have a paper template of how the letters will come together.  With these templates cut out your text backing and text letter fondant pieces!

Here is a PDF showing you the text in the sizing I used and images I used to reference for modeling:  Pokemon PDF

The Lightning

For the lighting I cut out from what I have in the PDF, HOWEVER, I realized that it was just much too thick to fit at the shoulder of the base case tier so I trimmed them down thinner.  

You can see that I kept some that were thicker on the cake itself.

For the lighting on the cake, roll out fondant and use a thick shortening (I liked using high-ratio shortening and NOT Crisco) to make the cake items (including the font) stick to itself.  I am not a fan of using water since that makes it impossible to fix a problem without compromising the clean look of the cake.  

For the 3D lightning pieces I mixed in a good amount of Gum Tragacanth (or you can also use Tylose Powder or other gum hardening agent) into the fondant.  Roll thin, cut out, and let dry at least overnight if not two nights.
Next using a skewer and small fondant pieces with a tad of water, affix skewer to the lightning piece and insert into the cake

The Ball

This ball is made from a 3" styrofoam ball.

First, position the styro ball using a skewer or toothpick into another styrofoam surface for support.

Then coat the entire ball with high-ratio shortening (remember, this sticks much better than Crisco!).

Next cut out a circular white piece approximately 5" in diameter.  Although that is technically close to the real measurement I think I actually guesstimated through trial and error lol.

Repeat these steps for the red piece on the opposite side of the sphere.  Make sure to do the red side last so no skewer holes show!  And prior to laying on the red piece you can plug the skewer hold on that side with a little bit of fondant

Finally cut out a couple of fitting gray rounds, a black round, along with the black strip.


Modeling is all about reference, reference, and more reference.  I used the exact print outs from the link above to make each piece here.  

My fondant modeling tips:

  • You have to have patience!  It take a long time to get a shape just right so just try it! 
  • Make pieces like the head, arms, or body by kneading in your preferred gum AND letting the piece(s) dry separately overnight.  
  • Put dried and hardened pieces together using toothpicks and sugar glue (about 1/3 cup of super hot water with about 1/2 tsp of TYLOSE powder) 
  • Work from light colors to dark colors during one seating to prevent major hand washing/dry hand issues lol