It all started in January of this year when I was enjoying Ironwoman's 30th birthday party and her boyfriend's family had made an amazing cake in the shape of a Tiffany box, ribbon and all. I casually mentioned to my friend Laura that the cake looks great and I totally think I could do that. Laura saw her opportunity and pounced! "Make a cake for me!" my response of "really?" was all she needed and I was making her a cake. Originally it was to be her 30th birthday cake, but then her Mum found this amazing cake:
AJs Moonlight Bakery, San Jose, CA
Yes, she is pregnant, so a baby shower cake would be perfect! I spent the months psyching myself up for a cake foray into marzipan and 3D cakes reading lots on the internet and talking to people who had made a few cakes and what went wrong!
One of the main tips that I picked up from reading was that you wanted to make sure that you had a very dense cake, like a mud or similar as the lighter sponge or fairy cakes would not hold up to the weight and after a few hours you could have a very saggy belly.
So, Friday night I baked up 4 chocolate mud cakes and set them aside to cool overnight. First thing Saturday morning, I got stuck in - literally, first slice I ignored everything I know about knife safety and cut towards (and directly into) my other hand. One bandaid later and we are back on track, with the start of a belly. I chopped the top off one cake to flatten it, then carved the sides down to make a somewhat smooth belly. Once I had done to my liking, then I put some icing in between the layers to stick them together then iced up the whole belly.
Then I moved onto the boobs and did a similar thing, except started with drawing around a ramekin and then just shoved cake on top until it somewhat resembled a boob? I pushed them flush against the belly and covered them with some more chocolate icing. Hence why they look a little more lumpy than the belly portion.
Then it was time to take this cake to the next level! Marzipan!!!
Of course I couldn't leave you without a picture of the beautiful mother to be with the cake. Red is her favourite colour. So whilst I did think it looked a little like Mrs Claus was having a baby, it didnt look too bad in the end.
Quite the successful adventure in marzipan I think.
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