I used a large styrofoam sheet, brown paper sheets, glue, tissue paper and paint to carve and replicate a customized SOA table to use as the base and background for the cake.
The cake was in shape of a severed arm with a tattoo and SOA ring.
For the favors I sculpted clay fingers and placed a bottle opener ring on each. They were placed in mini shipping boxes and apes shut.
This cake was incredibly fun to decorate. I covered a 6" double barrel cake, 8" double barrel cake and base with black fondant then stacked them as usual. Placing the cake on a rotating base made things easier. After the area around and under the cake was covered in wax paper I prepared runny royal icing in four colors, each with a knife to splatter with.
The stronger you swing the dipped knife at the cake the thinner the splatter lines. I rotated the cake as I splattered until I felt it looked balanced and evenly coated. If the royal icing is too runny it will run down the cake and look muted so test the consistency before beginning.
I placed the topper over a two tier buttercream/ganache iced cake and had text printed on a sugar sheet for the base.
All done! And it came out perfect!!
The base has different sized acrylic jewels which represents space. and its stars. The cake is a 6" cubed Earth just like Bizarros world. The babys head was sculpted from a photo I was given and he is wearing Bizarros outfit. I was asked to make the backward "S" a "Z" instead because of the birthday boys name. The figure is holding a dangling plate with his name and #1 just like Bizarro wears.
This was so much fun to make. Sculpting a face from the photo was a challenge I enjoyed.
Heavy airbrushing over buttercream causes pebbling. It was perfect for this cake.
I bake and shape my blank canvas, then I add life to it.
For this cake I used my airbrush, an edible image I customized by adding the birthday message around the emblem. I also used fondant for the grass and faux mud made from chocolate and a crumbled 6" cake.
Not your cutesy kind of cake. This cake speaks of playing the game, through rain and mud.
Since I view each cake with an artist eye I give each piece a meaning, a reason and purpose. This cake contains many things that the client wanted incorporated to symbolize one more year of his life.
Creating something tangible from an idea, from words feels pretty awesome.
Its important to carve a cold cake. Layer and fill your cake then let it sit in the fridge, preferably over night.The cake will be stable and carving it will be a breeze.
Using an icing that contains some sort of fat that solidifies in colder temperatures is just as important. Butter and chocolate are great for holding shapes and giving support to toppings like fondant or modeling chocolate.
For this cake I'm using my favorite butter based recipe, swiss meringue buttercream.