I’ve been meaning to make a certain cake for years. Over four years at this point. And it wasn’t just an idea in my head, there was a structure already made for me. And an ultra cool custom cut cake board. It stared me in the face the first year when I had to say sorry, but I can’t make you.
Then again the second year when I casually acted like it wasn’t still waiting for me.
You know the story already on year three. Other things had priority.
Begin 2018 and my showpiece and gravity-defying cake revival. Also, enter Liz Piper and SprinklePop… If you don’t know Liz yet, you will soon as she’s taking over the cake and sweets world with her custom sprinkle mixes that are top notch.
Liz is one of my most successful Cake Success Mentor Series, Pro Cake University Alum and I’m ever amazed at how she tackles everything that comes her way because the world should be covered in sprinkles. I’ve bought bunches of her sprinkles even though I was never a sprinkle person. But her mixes inspired me.
And coupled with that awfully sad look my husband (who created the structure and board for my Leprechaun cake 4 years ago) gave me, I finally had the want to make this showpiece a reality.
So I’m going to walk you through this cake and show you something at the end (you cannot skip ahead!) that will convince you to think of cake boards differently. 🙂
This guy was my muse four years ago:
Isn’t he handsome? How could I have ignored him for so long?!?
Of course, as all gravity-defying pieces start, they need solid structure and my hubby, the civil engineer, is my go-to “Hey! I want this thing to stand like this [insert image of impossible stuff here]. Can you do it, please?” guy. Naturally. It’s called delegation.
Since I was keeping this piece I used all RKT (Rice Krispie Treat) instead of cake. The top portion would have been made of cake and the structure would have been larger. Even with cake, that bottom part would have been RKT as cake is not having any of that upsidedown stuff.
But also notice in the second picture especially, I carved the RKT smooth and flush with the structure. The smoother your RKT is before you start adding sugar paste or modeling chocolate/candy clay, the happier you’ll be when you begin decorating. A small paring knife will do the trick and the one linked here has the shape and handle I love most and look for in all my small knives. If you’re going to be doing fine cutting where your fingers are close to the blade you best be comfy with your knife.
Next, I refined some of the divets and transitions in his shape with some modeling chocolate. Ladies, wouldn’t it be lovely if WE could use modeling chocolate to refine our figures? *sigh*
For the head, it was a full ball of RKT that was shaped mildly how you’ll see head and face shapes taught when sculpted out of modeling chocolate. Round, slightly angled to the chin, with an indentation across the eye plateau of the face. Not holes, just a horizontal indentation. The RKT needs to firm up to become solid s plastic wrap tightly around it a positioned on the body so I know it would fit in shape.
I know. It looks dark. Dexter-ish. It all turns out well, I promise. So breathe. 🙂
As his head was hanging out wrapped ominously in plastic, I made my candy clay. I intentionally waiting till this point rather than working ahead because I was looking to do two things with it: mix it directly with fondant while it was soft before it fully set up, and to use it right away.
I mix my fondant and modeling chocolate about 50% to 50% of each. You’ll want to change that up depending on what you’re doing, though. If you want it softer longer, use more fondant (Wilton, believe it or not, is my favorite!!!). If you want it to set firmer, more modeling chocolate/candy clay.
Then while his head was setting, I gave him pants. It wsa inappropriate for him to be sittingo n my counter without pants…
This is my favorite stage 🙂 You cake and sugar pieces begin to come to life the moment you place sugar paste on them. It’s no longer just a form, but a THING! The thing you imagined! It’s magical.
He needed a shirt, vest, and jacket with popping lapel.
PRO TIP: Give your sugar shape and life by holding in form while it hardens using bunched up paper towels! Just like my sugar rose!
Once his head had set up enough, I was able to add flesh-toned sugar paste and begin sculpting his silly face. I made him slightly thinner than my muse in the image above. It may be because I just started a CrossFit Boot Camp with a nutrition plan that has me burning fuel like crazy. SO I took a few pounds off him, too. Feeling generous.
A few more details…
And he was nearly done.
I dusted him and did some detail painting with colored cocoa butter. But I was impatiently waiting to get to the four-leaf clover board…
Now you know me. I LOVE fun boards! Fun cuts (HUGE shout out again to hubby who designed and cut this himself!), great coverings.
Never – NEVER – settle for a plain board. You’re probably asking “Why? Why can’t I just cover my board in fondant? That’s how almost every cake is presented.”
A bit of corn syrup spread across the board in sections and then sprinkles…sprinkled. And here’s why…
They are the same exact image, I just Photoshopped a plain board into the first one. I mean COME ON! Those sprinkles, though!
See? This is why I SWOONED for SprinklePop’s Emerald Isle mix! Well, for just about ALL of her mixes. You can see another board I used SprinklePop‘s custom mix on HERE. It’s my Nebula Unicorn cake, and those swirls on the board are a custom color mix made just for me and Aaron (my cake partner in crime).
Just gaze upon this eye-candy for a moment. Enjoy those beautiful sugar orbs. And if you look carefully enough, you’ll see my reflection in them 🙂
And if I’m being totally honest, I wanted to be sure I got you the proper link over to SprinklePop because you’re gonna want to check out her edible baubles, and I may have gotten distracted and bought a few things… 😀 More fun to come!
Check out these last few detail pics and see how this piece was elevated by covering the board with such an awesome edible!
I want to encourage you to jazz up your decor, even if it’s just the tops of your cuppies, with SprinklePop’s amazing sprinkles.
Yes, she sent me these for free. And yes, I’ve spent FAR MORE in her store on my own. And I’ve featured her sprinkles before because I love them and I know you will, too. So please click here now and check out her line up gorgeousness>>>https://sprinklepop.shop/
And if you use your SprinklePop sprinkles as a clever board covering, be sure to tag me in your social pics! Id love to see what you come up with!