Thank you so much for all who were interested in my beer cake - sorry this has taken so long - between hockey tournaments and a very sick computer (that is STILL sick) I figured I'd better get this up best I can and add the pictures in later once the other computer is back up and running. When I can add the pictures I will PM Heath about turning this into a real How To article.
First thank you to DianeLM, her directions got me started, and I modified them to come up with this method that worked for me. My apologies to all you true sugar artists! This was my first attempt at sugar work, so these may not be perfect instructions, but at least I know they worked for a rookie like me LOL! The molds and bottles can be done in one day, for best results though, plan on 2 days for overnight drying of your latex mold.
Instructions for Sugar Beer Bottles
Remove label and wash the bottle you want to mold, fit a cork wrapped in plastic into the top so that it is even and flat with the top of the bottle. You may have to cut the cork to size first, then wrap in plastic and insert into the top of the bottle. If you do not use the plastic you may get bits of cork in the top of your mold. This will not harm your mold.
Using Rubber Latex (paint several coats over the entire bottle (except the bottom of course), letting it dry in between coats. It is best to let it sit over night after the final coat, but I have made and used a mold in one day.
Once it has dried thorouly begin lifting the mold from around the bottom of the bottle, loosening it all the way around.
Roll the mold off the bottle, do not worry if it begins to stick to itself a bit, it will pull apart. To roll the mold completely off the bottle it will most likely turn inside out. Simply use a mixing spoon to push it right side out. As the mold cures more over time it will stop sticking to itself.
Using any kind of modeling clay, make a half bottle mold using the same bottle, this will be the support for your latex mold. If the mold tilts the top of the bottle downwards at bit this helps, I did not think to do this when I made my first mold.
Rest the latex mold in the clay mold and then prepare your sugar.
Mix ½ cup sugar and ½ light corn syrup in a two cup glass measuring cup and place in microwave. Microwave the mixture for 6 minutes at 50%. then micro at full power for another 2-3 minutes, depending on how dark you want your bottle. It will continue to darken a bit once you remove it from the microwave.
Carefully pour the mixture into the mold a little at a time, rotating the latex mold slowly to evenly coat the mold, letting it rest in the clay mold to keep its shape. The latex will be hot to the touch, so gloves or potholders are needed. Once you have coated the mold, continue to pour the sugar into the mold and continue to rotate until you have used all the sugar.
Once the sugar has cooled, remove the mold from the sugar bottle the same way you did from the real bottle, loosen the bottom, and roll the mold off the bottle. When you get to the neck give it a gentle tug and it will come free.
I was able to make six bottles in one afternoon with only one mold. If you have any trouble with the neck of the bottle you can always wrap it in gold foil like some of the fancy imported beers!
I made my labels in Fireworks, but you could use any program like Photoshop, Word, whatever is comfortable for you. If you are not selling the cakes and do not have to worry about a copywrite you could even copy actual beer labels from a Google search and size them in any similar program.
I printed them on regular paper first to test the size. Once I was satisfied with the design I printed them onto edible sheets and cut them to size. A few seconds in the freezer and they separate easily from the backing paper and I attached them with a bit of corn syrup. If you do not have an edible printer you can always make paper labels and stick them on with corn syrup as well. Just let everyone know not to eat them!
I realize there could be some concern of latex allergies, I am not sure to what extent the latex will transfer to the sugar. If you do not want to use rubber latex for your molds these sites also have mold making materials that may work for you instead. If you use something like the Silicone Plastique I would think you could mold the plastique completely around the bottle, then once it cures cut it in half to release the bottle making 2 half bottles that could then fit back together. Band them together with rubber bands and pour the sugar into the mold, rotating to coat it. Once the sugar hardens you could then release the bottle from the 2 molds. I think I would have tried this if I had more time to order the Plastique.
I hope these make sense and at least point some of you in the right direction to start making your own bottles.
Thanks for taking the time to write this up for us, and thanks for the links. How was your experience with Chef Rubber? My experiences with them have been great. I have dealt with them from time to time. When I call them on the telephone, the CS people are very courteous, knowledgeable about the product line, I think their prices are great, and they can get my items to me overnight via FedEx.
Thanks for the information. Dianelm sent me the directions also. I can now use both of yours to make the bottle.
Your cake is awesome. But what I loved most was the hunk of a bartender standing to the side. You should have just taken a picture of him and posted it on here.
Now that's brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing the instructions!
Thanks for the instructions! Maybe one day I can make one of these bottles
But what I loved most was the hunk of a bartender standing to the side. You should have just taken a picture of him and posted it on here
You are soooo right! I DO have an EXCELLENT photo of him as well! It was sooo sad to have to block out his face
He was such a hottie and such a dear as well.
I haven't actually bought from Chef Rubber yet, but I have them bookmarked in case I need anything - looks like great stuff, glad to know they are good to work with.
Now I hope to see Beer Bottle cakes being posted for St. Pat's day!! I have another one to make for Saturday, so that really makes having the molds worth it
What a great tutorila SweetResults, thank you for taking the time to do that. I have been wanting to try these for the longest time. I think with your help I can do this!
Question: Where can I buy the rubber latex you brush on? I'm not familiar with it. (GREAT cake, btw!)
I bought it at AC Moore in the sculpting program, probably can get it at Michaels too.
Thanks. I'll check Michael's.
Thanks for the info.
wow this is awesome! Your cakes are unbelievable, so real.
Thanks so much for posting this!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great tutorial. I absolutely cannot wait to try this. DH was complaining the other day that I have never made HIM a cake of his own. His birthday is 4th of July and I am already thinking about how to use these. Thanks again!
This is a great tutorial and I can't wait til I get a chance to try it.
Thanks for this info. I can't wait to try it. Now I have to think of an excuse to make a beer cake!!!!!!!!!!!!! HMMMMMM
i love these bottles!!!!!!!!!
Wow, and double Wow I have never seen a cake like this. you are an inspiration to us all.
Thank you for sharing the ins.
So, next time you make a bottle can you take step by step pics for us? I would love that kind of tutorial! TIA
I am going to try it.
These are soooo cool. My dad's birthday is on saturday, do you think I realistically have enough time to make a small version of this....with 3 small children at home???LOL! So the rubber latex paint, that can be found at any paint store do you think? Can you color the sugar, say if you wanted a green bottle? do you just carve out the cake to insert the bottle? Do you need to any support there?
Merissa, you sure can do it by Saturday.
I got the rubber latex at Michaels, I'd bet AC Moore has it as well, maybe even WalMart in the craft section. The first time I ever tried it I had 3 done in about 2 hours. If you got your stuff today and let the mold really cure you will be making bottles by Wednesday, unless you really want to go for it and be impatient like me LOL!
I did the mold and bottles in one day the first time. I made another mold for the St. Pat's version and let that one cure a little longer.
Add a bit of green liquid color to the sugar once it starts to melt and just don't let it cook as long.
Use a cookie cutter to take a circle of fondant off then you can just push the bottle into the cake. If you try to push it thru the fondant it will crack.
Parsons_Wife - I have pictures somewhere of me making the bottle and I CAN'T FIND THEM
Thanks! I just think this is the coolest. My dad would love it.
Oh and the gold foil for hte top, is that a special foil? Where do you find it?
Okay sorry, one more question. How long does it take for the bottle to harden up? Do you stick it in the fridge or anything? How can you tell it is completely hardened?
SweetResults...Do you make the complete bottle(back and front)? If so how do you connect the two together? Also do you use anything to make it look like there is liquid inside?
I made a couple yesterday, thinking they were cool enough, but when I got up this morning...the top half was one big blob.
Thanks for the tutorial and all your help!!!
I was able to unmold mine after an hour or so, I would not put it in the fridge, don't get them wet, they will get sticky. The mold feels very frim when they are ready.
Just regular florist foil or cake board foil. Michaels/AC Moore should have it.
My mold is a complete bottle, open at the bottom only. I coat the inside of the mold, it is hollow, but just soild enough to make sure it will not crack on me - maybe about 1/4" thick (if that)
Barbara - I had that happen once when I made the green bottle - I think I just did not cook the sugar long enough and it just stayed soft. The sugar should actually be hardening on you as you finish pouring the last of it into the mold.
Don't give up!
Oh so you dont completely fill the mold then. Gotcha!
Thanks a lot SweetResults, now I get it! I actually used a different molding compound so I only made half a bottle.
Hopefully I will be able to make the mold and complete one bottle tonight. I'm actually only making 3 or 4 bottles and I need them by Thursday, so I'm crossing my fingers and hope they will be done by then.
you should be able to get 2 or 3 by the end of tonight no problem. Just cook the sugar longer and you will be amazed at how fast it starts to harden on you!
Once you get the first one down it will go quickly.
I would like to let you know that I greatly appreciate you posting the instructions to this interesting project. You have made so many of us very HAPPY and anxious to try it. I would like to get started as soon as possible but I'm not really sure what is rubber latex. Does it come in a liquid form or is it some type of powder that has to be mixed. I can't get passed the first step of this project without first knowing what is rubber latex.
It comes in liquid form in a plastic bottle, and can be found in the clay/scuplting department in AC Moore or Michaels or anyplace like that. You just paint it on the object (a few layers) then it dries into a flexible mold.