My personal adventure into turning lots of sugar into cake art
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Dental School Grad Cake (and Pink Lemonade Cake Recipe)
Very unique and very fun to do! A friend’s husband graduated Dental School and asked if I could help make the cake. A few months ago, I had helped her 2 friend’s make her a Safari Baby Shower Cake and at the same time showed them how to do it all; baking, making the marshmallow fondant (MMF), Ganache and decorations to torting, filling, covering it…all of it! Now, she wanted to have the same opportunity to learn too. What better way than with a carved cake and of course, for her husband! There wasn’t much we could do ahead of time aside from making the MMF. On my Facebook Page, I have the MMF recipe with tips and hints on how to work with it. We used Strawberry Jello Mix to color and flavor the MMF. It gave it a light pink base and we added about ¼ teaspoon of red gel color to it. It tasted more like bubblegum and smelled super delicious.
The cake was Pink Lemonade (see recipe below), filled with chocolate mousse, and covered with semi-sweet chocolate Ganache.
Two 9x13 cakes were baked. The cakes were stacked together 1st with a piece of parchment paper in between each layer then, carved. They were then taken apart and filled with chocolate mousse. The pieces cut off the corners were used to build the roof of the pallet and the ridge along the top then, the whole cake was covered in Ganache.
We covered the cake with the MMF and then cut out each tooth, smoothed it into shape, then attached it to the cake. The teeth were a little heavy and kept sliding down but we just keep shoving them back into place until it set. I must have printed out about 4-5 different pictures of teeth to get it right.
We also covered the 16”x16” cake board with a grayish-purple MMF (a mixture of what I had left over from other cakes) then sprayed the whole board with a can of the Duff Cake Graffiti in Metallic Silver: 1 can was barely enough to cover the board with…the instructions said that it would lightly cover six 8” round cakes – yeah! The spray worked perfectly, so much better than trying to brush it manually. An airbrush would have worked perfectly too but I didn’t have one…quite yet (but it's on my wish list).
She made the tools at home and then we painted them with silver luster dust. I heard the cake was a hit and she’s going to try to make a cake on her own. I love this…teaching others what others have taught me!