So a friend has asked me to make a church cake of her church for their anniversary coming up this weekend and I'm not sure how to go about it....
The church picture for you all to see is at the bottom left of this page http://toronto.ibegin.com/misc/st-james-catholic-church
Now the cake only needs to feed about 50 people so I'm not thinking of going huge... I'm thinking 4 layers or 12x12 cake for the main building (1 cake layer then filling then cake layer, then board then cake layer then filling then cake layer) then I know I'll have to add smalle rectangle to the sides etc to get the doors and so on. So does that sounds good to start with? Also how should I go about the windows? Silver luster dust?? I'm not good with poured sugar or I would do it that way. I have a brick impression so that's what I plan to use for the outside....
So ANY help or tips you could give me would be so very much appreciated! sorry my questions are kind of all over the place and random I'm just not sure how to even approach this cake!
Thanks in advance!
Sorry I'm not much good with portions so can't help with sizes but otherwise what you are suggesting sounds good!
From the photograph at least, the windows look quite dark but flush with the stone work so I might paint them on with colouring and then put luster dust on top. Alternatively if you have rectangular cutters/something you could use as a mould, you could probably use the melted boiled sweets technique that is used in cookies/gingerbread houses to make windows and just stick them on?
I'd probably make the roof in two sections - you could use melted chocolate spread on rectangles (acetate on top of card maybe?) of the right size. Leave it to set and when you peel it off the backing it will be really smooth. If you need it to be slate tiles are there any candy that might work? Probably still use the chocolate but while it is still soft 'tile' the candy on. I used chocolate buttons for a house cake once (in my gallery)which worked well but they are quite heavy all layered and would represent tiles better than slate. Also my house wasn't a real house look!
The steps and ramp I would probably just carve from a solid block of fondant/marzipan/whatever you have convenient.
For the handrails pipe chocolate flat and when they are dry remove and stick into the steps (probably making a hole first to avoid breakage) or use chocolate candy sticks (in the UK they are called Matchmakers) cut and stuck together if they will not be too thick in comparison to the scale of the church.
Would the cross and picture over the door work in a RI transfer in the same colour as your brick? I have never done one so it might not.