The Orange County Interfaith Shelter was holding their annual Christmas Luncheon and asked the Sweet Arts Cake Club for some cakes to be donated as table centerpieces which would be auctioned as a fundraiser. This is the cake I made for them. I sketched up the design back 2 months ago in October and just waited, and waited, and waited to get started on it. Usually, I make all my decorations by hand using pictures as guides and inspiration but I was so lucky that at our cake club meeting last month, one of the ladies was selling gumpaste decorations and she had a few of these reindeer's - I was so excited since they're were so perfect and exactly what I needed for the cake! No need to hand-cut them! I later asked her where she had purchased them but unfortunately, she had bought a case of these a while back from a cake supply store that has since closed. I have scoured the internet looking for at least a similar mold but have not been able to find them...please let me know if you see them.
June 2011 Update: A friend found a reindeer on Fancy Flours and they're the closest thus far.
December 2011 Update: I've recreated the Sleigh and made silicone molds of both the Sleigh and Reindeer - both available for purchase now. See tab above named, "Shop Sugar Sweet"
The cakes are a 10-inch and 6-inch White Almond Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream (Nutella). Covered in MMF made red with Candy Melts (about 1/3 cup melted), about a 1/4 teaspoon of Americolor Super Red, 3 drops of Americolor Maroon, and about 1/4 teaspoon of Chef Master Pink (I just squirted these straight into the melted MMF so they're approximate measurements) - I didn't want the cake to be a bold red but rather more of a cranberry red with a slight pink shade to it. For the complete recipe and instructions on how to make MMF, please see my previous 2 blog posts:
1) Recipe: Marshmallow Fondant (MMF)
2) Recipe: Red Marshmallow Fondant (MMF)
The sleigh was hand cut out of MMF (mixed with Tylose for instant gumpaste) and painted with pearl dust to match the pearly reindeer.
The board was covered in Royal Icing and I used a small trowel to texture it to look like snow that also went up the sides of the bottom tier. Snowflakes were piped with Royal Icing then dusting of edible disco dust. I also added small dots of the disco dust mixed with some diluted piping gel randomly around the cake for more sparkle.
I absolutely love how the cake turned out - so simple yet elegant and all for a good cause.