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?
Start preparing the “Taco Shells” a day or days ahead the cake is needed. (Since I can only work on cakes at night due to my regular work – I prepared the “Taco Shells” 3 days ahead).
TACO SHELLS – What to use to make the shells? I’ve seen two versions – one using a Cookie Dough and another using melted choco-melts. They are great but not what I had in mind. I’d like it to look like a real hard taco shells. I also wanted to prepare the shells ahead of time.
So I decided to use fondant with a little bit of tylose powder. I rolled the fondant with tylose into thin sheets. Not too thin about 1/4” or 0.5 mm thick. Using a 6” round cake pan as my guide to cut out 12 discs out of the sugar paste.
In order to get the look of a real taco shells, I colored the white sugar with brown color gel and sprinkled a little on each disc. Press the sprinkled sugar on the fondant.
Why did I not use brown sugar instead? Because I find the brown sugar is not the right color of what I was looking for. I also thought of using sanding sugar but I find it was not as fine as the granulated sugar and the color black is too dark.
How to make the disc the shape of a real taco shell? Why not use a real hard taco shell as a "mold" to get the right shape of a fondant taco shell.
I placed a real taco shell in the middle of the disc shaped fondant and folded the two sides up. I left it overnight to dry.
I baked a 9 X 13 inch chocolate cake 2 days before the cake is needed. I also prepared a bowl of chocolate ganache enough to cover 12 mini cakes.
I assembled the “Tacos” the night before the cake delivery. I cut twelve mini cakes in the shape of the “Taco Shell”, maybe a little smaller than the fondant shell.
Frost each cake with chocolate ganache and put the min-cakes in the fridge until the frosting hardens a bit.
In the meantime, prepare the “GROUND COOKED BEEF” part of the Taco. Make Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats.
Use 2 cups of Rice Crispy Cereal, 1/2 cup marshmallows and chocolate ganache. Combine the melted marshmallows, Rice Crispy cereal and the ganache. Just eyeball the amount of chocolate ganache until you get the color of a “ground cooked beef”.
Prepare the ”TOMATOES, GREEN PEPPER, SOUR CREME, CHEESE”.
For the TOMATOES, cut the Twizzlers Tidbits. Use Fruit Loop for the green pepper and to mimic the sour cream use Buttercream icing .
For the “GRATED CHEESE”. Color your fondant (with tylose) golden yellow or GOLD food gel, let it sit for a little to harden a bit. Get your cheese grater (use the part as shown in the pic) and grate the fondant.
Now, it’s time to assemble a “Taco”
Arrange the "Tacos' as shown..and you have a ”TACO CAKE”—Isn’t it cool?
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