I'm making the mickey mouse clubhouse for my son's 2nd birthday. I'm going to make the grass the actual cake but would love to know how to make the clubhouse. I know the best bet is to use rice crispy and to mold it into the shape I want. What receipe do I use? How far in advance should I start? Do I put buttercream icing on the treats, let it dry and then add the fondant? If so what time frame am I looking at? I've never done this before so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
I use the regular rice cereal treat recipe with the generic rice cereal:
Sometimes, if I know they're going to be eaten I will make the RCT with peanut butter or chocolate.
I usually start my RCT elements a week in advance, but they can be done the day before in a pinch.
The kayak here was made 10 days in advance, but I had a lot of RCT elements for that cake and the surface of the kayak had to be as perfect as possible. I shaped it and let it rest for 24 hours, then took a very sharp knife to it to shave the surface smooth:
But the teddy bear here was made the day of because I made it on a whim. I thought the slightly uneven surface added to the 'soft' stuffed toy look:
Because I wanted a smooth surface for the kayak, I covered it with melted candy melts and smoothed it as much as possible. Then I put a thin layer of buttercream and covered it with the fondant. For the teddy bear I used only a thin layer of buttercream between the RCT and the fondant. I find that if I let the buttercream crust too much the fondant doesn't stick as well as if I apply the fondant to the buttercream while it is still 'wet'.
I dont know if you have a kroger near you but I bought their mega Krispie treats they are $1 each and use them if I am in a hurry, I made a football out of it but as they are already flat would be easy to make a house out of them
I make the batch size i need and dump them on wax paper sprayed with non stick. I let them sit for a few minutes and then begin to shape them . Food service Gloves sprayed with the nonstick spray or some butter will help. Once I have my shape I let them sit up over night. I wouldn't allow the to sit to long or they will get stale and will not taste good. I have a large zester I use to smooth the surface if it is neccesary for the design. Wait until they have set up to do this or they will falll apart.