Drum Cake For Jesael
Super Hero Mash-Up
I have made plenty of super hero cakes in the past, but none of them were quite like this. This cake contained several multi-dimensional work. I had to think about my base/background, and what would work in the foreground. On top of that, I had to combine elements of 4 different characters in a cohesive design. After a few sketches, I decided on Spider-man's web as the base. I covered the cake drum in red fondant, and drew on the web with a black edible marker. The web created the perfect foundation for rest of the cake... it appears as though the cake is supported by the web. Next tier was all about Batman. I covered the cake in the classic gray with a free-flowing black cape hanging off the back. The recognizable Bat logo was given depth with a black oval and the yellow bat overlay. The next tier was my fave to create. I textured the side to mimic a brick wall, and shaped Hulk's fist out of a thick, flattened green oval. I cut slits into it to mimic the fingers, and rolled them in as if making a fist. I then used a veining tool and created the creases around the knuckles. Individual brick pieces were then cut and attached around the fist to simulate Hulk breaking through the wall. The very top of the cake was covered with a bright blue and then a layer of yellow. I made several small cuts into the yellow layer only and folded it back to look like shredded fabric. The signature Wolverine claws were shaped out of gumpaste, and left to dry a week prior to baking this cake. Using an air brush, I covered the claws in a edible metallic silver sheen, and created darker shadows with a slate blue. These were then inserted into the cake in the three areas once the color had dried. Doesn't it look like Wolverine clawing his way out?!
Sweet Lamb Cake
Iron Man Arc Reactor Cake
This cake was made for my awesome hairstylist, Norris. He has been perfecting my son's hair and of myself for the past 3 years, and when he mentioned his birthday... I couldn't help myself :) He mentioned a few times that he liked Iron Man so I thought that was a good place to start. He didn't want anything too complicated or too big, but I didn't want to give him anything too boring. I narrowed it down to making a cake based on the Arc Reactor in his chest... again, nothing boring. I then turned to the internet to hunt down the wow factor, something I could use as the light in his chest. I almost gave up when every thing I found was too big for my purpose or just required lots of mechanical work. Then I stumbled across a listing... a Arc Reactor USB flash drive with LED lights! It was perfect and all I had to do was to created an indent on top of the cake for it to sit in. I baked a two layer 8 inch cake, and covered it with red fondant. Using images I found online, I created a template for the chest details, and some detailing from the sides of his torso. I added on yellow fondant accents that I brushed with gold luster dust for a nice sheen. Once all the details were attached, I went back and airbrushed the edges with some copper to give some depth, and the overall cake with a nice metallic sheen. The final touch was the LED flash drive that I tightly in plastic wrap. All I had to do was turn it on, and the light show began! You can check it out below!
Thanks everyone for checking out this lengthy post, and I know I might have left out some details... please feel free to ask questions if you want to know how I did something. I hope you enjoyed these!