Newbie Needs Help Making Shaped Luigi From Cars

Decorating By irishteabear Updated 11 Apr 2007 , 3:12pm by irishteabear

irishteabear Posted 7 Apr 2007 , 4:53pm
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Hi everyone. I have been doing cakes for my boys' birthdays for a couple of years and this will be my first shaped cake. My soon-to-be 10 yo son wants a shaped Luigi cake. His party isn't until the 27th. My thoughts are to use the Wilton 3-D Cruiser pan and fondant. Any suggestions, thoughts or hints are greatly appreciated. I've never used fondant before and am planning on getting some and practicing working with it before I tackle his cake. Do I need to use a special type of cake mix to hold the weight of the fondant? Any recommendations for fondat? I need one that tastes good.

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Doug Posted 7 Apr 2007 , 5:10pm
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great image of Luigi:
http://www.toysinstock.co.uk/products/12684F.jpg

your idea should work... will need to build up roof a little and possibly trim wheels back closer to body of car.

the durable cake recipe works great for this:
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-1972-0-Durable-Cake-for-3D-and-Wedding-Cakes.html

and for the fondant -- make your own MMF (marshmallow fondant) -- cheap and great tasting.
http://www.cakecentral.com/article47-How-to-Make-and-Decorate-with-Marshmallow-Fondant-MMF.html

first time MMF advice:
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-76451-mmf.html+advice

HTH

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P.S. W E L C O M E !!!!!!!! to your new cake decorating family.

(warning -- this place is addicting!!!!!)

irishteabear Posted 8 Apr 2007 , 12:07am
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Thank you for your warm welcome! I think I'm almost ready to tackle this thing, lol.

I do have a couple more questions, though. The only DH cake mixes available near me are the ones with the pudding already in the mix. Would that work, if I don't add the additional pudding? Or would it be better to get a store brand instead? I need to make the cake chocolate, any suggestions for any changes I might need to make? Will the single batch of the MMF cover the whole cake (with extra to spare for my screw-ups I know I'll make)? I assume I'd do the fondant yellow and then how would I do the black and white details?

I'm looking forward to doing this cake and I can see where it will definitely become a habit for me, lol. Let's see, what is the next occasion coming up?................

Doug Posted 8 Apr 2007 , 12:17am
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re mixes: use a chocolate cake mix to start (any kind) and then add chocolate pudding, and some cocoa powder (dark best) -- about 3 TBS and bit more sugar. that will give a very rich chocolate taste. (could even kick it up more by using some chocolate syrup in place of a few TBS of liquid)

single batch should do the whole cake if using cruiser pan w/ some left over to do details.

yes main color is yellow....much easier to add the color to the batch at the melting stage (just put right in w/ other liquids) if not dark enough, add more while kneading in the sugar.

MMF, made right, rolls out and handles like a good pie dough.

black and white details can be more fondant or BC icing. (black BC easiest to make by starting w/ chocolate BC -- tho' for small amounts like this, many just buy the premade in the tube black icing)

and since MMF keeps well when properly sealed first in plastic wrap, then in a plastic baggie and then in an air tight container --- go ahead a make two batches. one yellow and one white and then have extra for future projects.

HTH

irishteabear Posted 8 Apr 2007 , 12:45am
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"HTH" Boy, does it ever! Again, thank you so much.

Isn't it nice that kids think you can do anything at all?! Lol.

Guess I'm heading to the local AC Moore, the grocery store and the Disney store on Monday after the kids go to school. I'm going to get as big a Luigi as I can find, so that I have proportions to work with and see. I will be sure and post a pic after it's done.

irishteabear Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 8:13pm
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I made the recipe for the dense cake in chocolate. It was about an inch too short to fill the pan all the way. After baking it did rise a little bit but not all the way to the top. icon_confused.gif The car has half wheels on it. Should I just go ahead and make a double batch (the pan instructions said it needed 6 cups of batter to fill) when I go to make the "real" cake?

I tried finding a toy Luigi to use as a model, but there are none to be found in my area. I'm going to have to print out the pics from the Disney movie's site and use them as a guide. I will make 2 batches of the MMF and color 1 and 1/2 batches yellow, 1/4 black and will leave the other 1/4 white. I'm making the test batch tomorrow to see how it tastes and what it's like to work with. I will post the results after I'm finished.

irishteabear Posted 11 Apr 2007 , 3:12pm
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Ok, MMF is made. It was quite a workout for my old Kitchenaid! The bowl popped off 3 times on me and the mixer kept on trying to commit suicide over the edge of the counter ouch.gif but I wouldn't let it. If I ever do this again (which I'm sure I will, it's too much fun not to!) I think I either need to have my KA looked at or retire it and get a new one. I've got arthritis in my hands and I know I'll never be able to knead it as much as I have to do it to get anywhere near the right consistency.

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