I was just curious about how you all like working with rice krispies? I am making my son a blues clues cake for his 3rd birthday and I'm going to either top it with the thinking chair or blues house. I figured the easiest way would be rice krispies, but I have never worked with them. Also, can you use store bought and just soften them to use? I'm sure most of you make your own, but being it is for MY family and I will be spending so much time doing the characters, I figured this would be the best place to "cut corners". Any help or suggestions would be great!--Thanks
I've heard of others using the store bought, but since making RK treats is super cheap and easy, and the premade ones are pricey and don't taste as good, I've always just made my own. I don't think you have to do anything to the pre-made ones to soften them, just mold them straight from the package.
I use the store bought generic RKT. They worked great. I didn't even have to soften them. I just worked them with my hands and it was so easy. I also only covered them in buttercream, no fondant and used the viva paper towel to get them smooth. I was so pleased with how well it turned out and how easy it was to do.
I bought a box (I think it was the 12 pack) at Walmart and it was right for 2 small/med figures and 1 large figure. I'll attach a pic. I actually ate one and that left me short just a little for the pineapple but I made do.
You can get a case at Sam's if your figures are going to be bigger.
Couple of notes, I was worried the pineapple would be too heavy but it was fine. I stuck toothpics in the bottom of sponge bob and his buddy for added support.
I just made a Tiffany Box this morning out of RKT, my daughter does not like cake. I went by a recipe I found on here, I think it was basically the same as on the box with one less cup of RKT, and add a tspn of vanilla. I covered it in buttercream and fondant, you would never even know it wasn't cake by looking at it. .
I did a test one last weekend and it stayed soft for a couple days, so I would think you could do the same.
I will post a picture tomorrow and double check the recipe if you want?
Thanks everyone- I didn't think it would be that easy! I can make cakes, and brownies, and all sorts of goodies, but I am HORRIBLE with RKT for some reason The last time I tried them was a complete disaster, so I will probably just buy them. I'll make sure to post a pic when all is said and done
I find them to be quite messy to make... so I just buy em at sam's/costco. you don't need to soften them, just start squishing.
While pre-made may cost more than making homemade, I think it's completely worth not having to clean sticky marshmallow off everything! I think the pre-made are better for forming - their softer than I can make. Also, with pre-made I only unwrap and use what I need, the rest stay fresh for a long time.
I used rkt's for sculptures on DS's cake 2 wks ago. This was my first shot at it and I was already time crunched so I used store-bought. Just worked them before beginning the sculptures to crush the cereal and get a smoother surface.
Tried putting on a layer of BC and when I went to cover the bat with fondant it was sliding around and messy. I took the fondant off, wiped most of the BC away from the sculpture and reapplied fondant. Worked perfectly the second time - no trouble getting the fondant to adhere so I wiped the BC off of the other pieces before covering them.
Attaching pics...HTH! GL, can't wait to see your cake!
Photos (in order from bottom of post)
Photo 1 - rkt sculptures
photo 2 - BC layer
photo 3 - fondant layer (had removed BC)
OK, all this talk of rice krispie treats makes me want to race right home and make a batch! Hmmm, what can I sculpt???
Sillywabbitz: I love your SpongeBob Cake! It's awesome and your figures are too cute!
Spiritedartist: Your work is awesome. The baseball cap is especially amazing!
Funny - I was just surfing CC for ideas on a retirement cake for my BIL.
My sister calls him recliner man (cause that's usually where you find him) and she wants a 3D recliner on the top of a sheet cake. I was thinking of using rice krispies to mold the recliner. I really want a very smooth surface look when it's finished - any tricks to get it REALLY smooth besides BC under the fondant?
Not sure if you can see the detail in my photos, but I went through the rkts pinching and kneading them before starting to sculpt. This helped to crush the individual pieces of cereal and I was able to pack it very tightly and get a nearly smooth surface.
I've also heard that some people crush the cereal before making rkts if doing homemade.
I have to say that I expected to have trouble with lumps & bumps in mine b/c it was my first rkt sculpting attempt ever. Even had white almond bark on hand in case I decided to melt it and coat the sculpture to smooth the surface before covering w/ fondant (another trick I've read about here on CC). Glad it turned out to be smooth sailing. I think the key was that I worked the rkts a while and really crushed as much of the cereal down as I could.
Sorry to ramble...just trying to be thorough...HTH!!!
PS: BJ - my sculptures were not very big and were somewhat heavy. If you do a recliner, you might want to cut a cake circle to fit under it and support it with straws or dowels.
The treats will be heavier if you crush the cereal (removing air). I too like to coat mine in buttercream (SMBC) but then I chill before applying fondant so it is a smooth surface but doesn't squish around.
SpiritedArtist, those look so smooth and nice! I have used RKT before, but I think I was scared of squishing it too much, so my end result covered in fondant looked quiiiiite lumpy. I don't know why I didn't just squish it like crazy, would have turned out much better by the looks of what you pulled off! So glad I know now. And the almond bark idea you mentioned is a great trick, so glad I saw that just in case my next RKT adventure goes as badly as the first!
spiritedartist-your look great Thanks so much for posting your pics, it gives me a much better idea as how to work with the RKT. I didn't realize how much you could "smash" it to get it so smooth. I'm actually pretty excited to give it a shot!