Wrestling cake

That title could be interpreted either as a description of the cake, or as a description of what I did with the cake.  Both interpretations would be appropriate.

WWE Championship beltThe wrestling cake was originally going to be this shape, with piped royal icing creating the top design.  I’d been thinking I really needed to practice my piping skills (those non-existent ones), hence the rather mad decision to pipe this intricate design.

All was going well.  It was going far better than well.  Far, FAR better.  I’m telling you, I was the piping queen.  I’m gutted I didn’t take pictures – lesson learned there about documenting the process and not just the finished products.

I’d just placed the near completed design on the shaped and covered cake and was preparing to do final touches when disaster struck; I managed to somehow joggle my own elbow (How?  How does one even do that?!), and splashed black food colouring all over the bloody thing.

With the cake expected for my friend’s son the following day, and there being only 10 hours remaining of the night before I was expected at the day job, I was a little pressed for time.  I could have tried re-piping it but this proposition seemed a trifle unrealistic considering the ruined one had taken me some 20+ hours of work to make.  However, without the top decoration, the underlying cake shape didn’t make sense and I couldn’t work out, at such short notice, how to get the design on there.  It definitely wasn’t going to work using fondant/gumpaste/modelling chocolate, and my painting skills don’t come anywhere close to being good enough to try free-handing it with food colouring (visions of Cake Wrecks danced in my head).

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Up on the roof

In December of 2013 Petit Man announced his assumption that I would be making him a birthday cake.  “After all,” he said, “if all these other people are having lovely cakes made by you, I don’t think I should have to have a supermarket one.  You’ve spoiled me now…I know what a good cake tastes like!”

Fair point I s’pose.

Petit Man Birthday 2013Time was limited so I came up with this relatively simple to create roof cake, made using layers of vanilla Madeira cake, filled and frosted with coffee buttercream.

petit Petit Man 2013This was my first try at modelling a figure from fondant and the first test run for the face mould I’d purchased.  As he was the first actual human I created, it seems fitting that the first sugar human I created was a petit Petit Man.

As you can see, the construction method for the chimney wasn’t thought through very well, resulting in this squashed on affair…looks like it’s going to end up in their bathroom any second now!

Regardless of its many faults and flaws, Petit Man was very happy with the cake, which in this instance was all that really mattered..