I made this cake for three celebrants in the family.
My father-in-law John turned 84 and for my two nieces,
Olivia (8 yrs) and Zoe (12).
This is my first corporate order - Sherrard Orthodontics' 25th Anniversary cake.
Sarah Sherrard (wife of Dr John Sherrard) provided a picture of a teeth cake that she got online.
She requested for cake toppers of all the Staff, teeth, banner and logo.
I told her that I'd like make my own design, something that's unique.
It has been so much fun making this cake.
Yes , I admit. It took many hours to make all the figurines on this cake.
I think this is the most number of figurines I've put on a single cake.
Just like all the cakes I've made, I love putting details.
A baby shower cake for a mom-to-be who is a Grade 2 Teacher with 21 students and
who also loves anything monkey theme.
I had so much fun making this cake.
I started making Thomas, Percy and James Train using RKT (Rice Krispy Treats).
I used the store bought individually wrapped RKT as I find it easier and mess free
Mario and Luigi figures were made of modelling chocolate and fondant used wire armature to get a great movement. All cake and the squares are RKT.
Where do I start?
How about on the Iron Man figurine?
I really cannot think of a way to create all the details of the Iron Man Figurine.
First, I thought I'll just score the details using the leaf veiner (a modelling tool)
So I started making the Iron Man figurine using
Fondant and Tylose powder.
Here's a pic of my first try.
I wasn't very happy with the outcome,
plus I did not think it will be very sturdy.
So I made another one.
Again, I was not happy on the second figurine I made.
It was a big mistake brushing the figurine made of fondant with a Rose petal dust. It looked dirty.
Here's the original draft I created on how I'd like the cake to look.
I used Paint.net to create this draft.
However, I was really bothered by the stiffness of the standing Iron Man figurine i made.
I was frustrated that I thought of just using an Edible Image of Iron Man 3.
But I'm not the type who would give up easily -- I'm not giving up at this point.
So I went back to the drawing board and started a new design.
A new Iron Man figurine.
How about making an Iron Man figurine with some sort of movement.
I also decided to try something new to me...
Modelling chocolate as my medium instead of fondant.
But how do I build an armature or structure to mimic movement?
So I went online and look for a tutorial. There are zillions of tutorials on Youtube.
And I found a simple tutorial which is great for beginners.
Here's the link:
Here's the armature I built with the help of the tutorial.
It doesn't look like it's enough but once this is covered with foil, it will make sense.
After making the armature,
I started building the figurine using white modelling chocolate.
Here's a link on how to make a modelling chocolate
by Shawna McGreevy
Then using a modelling tool I scored the details.
Then I realized I needed the figurine to be red instead of white.
So make sure to color your modelling chocolate red to avoid the extra step I made
of layering the figurine with red modelling chocolate.
To make the figurine to stay balanced.
I used a long skewer inserted from the foot to about close to the knee.
Make sure you have about 6 inches or longer of the skewer that will you will go into the cake.
Do this part when you're ready to put the figurine on the cake.
I actually placed the figurine on the cake at the venue.
But while you're building the figure let it on something like a gel container.
One would think that I will be happy with this one, right?
The following day, I was still bothered by how it looks.
I don't know, but there is something missing...I wasn't really happy.
So I went online until I stumbled upon Iron Man 3 trailer video.
Bingo...I thought maybe I should make Iron Man more up to date.
So I started placing gold yellow details using fondant.
For the outfit, I used this picture as my inspiration.
Print this photo and cut out the different parts/details and use them as template.
Use yellow gold fondant for the outfit.
As for the metal part, use vodka and silver highlighter.
Here's my final Iron Man 3 figurine.
I was so glad that I did not gave up on this one.
I also made a new draft.
The night of the assembly, I changed my mind on a few things.
I removed the clouds and put a disc instead.
The image below is what I used for the front decor on the cake.
Print this image to your desired size
(really depends on how big you want this on your cake)
Roll out a grey colored fondant and use the cutout image as your template.
To make the 3D effect (embossed)
you need to put some fondant at the back of the image
so that it stands out.
The hands and Iron Man Head.
Then I used a leaf veiner tool to make creases/details/indentations.
Do I make sense here?
Here's how it looks like up close
Here's the final result
Ava's favorite food is Taco, so she's having a Taco Themed Birthday party today. Why not have a Taco Cake to complete the event. This is a fun cake to make.
So how did I do it?
My hubby gifted me with a Bride and Groom Course by Lorraine Duffy Sugar Art held in Boston, MA. It was a fun course.
My family and friends call me Bobie. An IT Specialist and have discovered cake decorating, a new hobby...my new passion.