Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lion and Tiger Cake

I've been making a few cakes lately for BF's work. As a result, I had some fondant kicking around, so since BF's birthday was last Sunday I decided to make him a cake!

It was supposed to be tiny. After all, there are only two of us and since we haven't lived here very long we don't have a lot of friends here and didn't throw a party.

So I used my smallest pan, a 6" round and made three layers. When I asked BF what flavour he wanted, the only answer I got was "fruit", so I made a basic yellow cake with a little almond extract and threw in loads of blueberries. I cooked up a strawberry sauce on the stove and used that to fill between the layers. As I was assembling it, I felt like I was playing with an easy bake oven because the layers were so small.

I frosted the cake with vanilla-almond buttercream, and covered the whole thing with a thin layer of marshmallow fondant. I learned that the taller the cake, the tougher it is to cover with fondant because the edges wrinkle more the further down you go. I didn't manage to get it perfectly smooth, but it was fine for just the two of us.

The lion and the tiger are made of fondant as well. This was my first attempt at making figures out of fondant and I think they turned out pretty cute! They were about three inches long and two inches tall. I made them ahead of time so they would have time to dry, but when I tried to link their tails together when I set them on the cake, the tiger's tail broke off! So I had to redo it, but it turned out good in the end.

I just did a basic bead border out of buttercream at the the bottom. See how much better I matched the icing colour to the fondant this time?

For how small it was supposed to be, it still made way too much. BF and I each had a slice, he took half of what was left to his work and it fed his whole team! And there's still half left in the fridge.

The flavours came out amazing, the cake was super moist, so I'm really happy with it! I think I'm getting better at making cakes!

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