I finished the Oscars Party cake and it went over really well at the party. Thanks to those that helped me with my "butter" question. I ended up using a mixture of warm water, yellow food colouring and corn syrup...I think that was Mrs. Missey's suggestion. It stayed wet looking...very cool.
Anyway...here it is:
www.cakesbysuzanne.com (if you look at my site...please remember that I'm dealing in Canadian dollars and not U.S.)
I hope you like it,
Did you use cake release or cooking spray to remove it from the flower pot? Did you have to take alot off the top to put the popcorn on? teddybearmom
your oscar cake turned out fantastic! Pat yourself on the back!
I used cake release and it turned out of the pot just fine but the pot really sucked the moisture out of the cake...I lined the bottom with foil and then parchment paper because there was a hole in the bottom and that seemed to work great. If I did it again, I would line the whole thing with parchment or wax paper and then cover that with cake release.
As for removing the top...I didn't. I left the dome that raised in the centre, covered it with a thin layer of icing and stuck the "popcorn" to that...that gave it a natural mounded look. That way, it looks like there is much more then there actually is.
Thanks for the nice comment flayvurdfun.
Hope this was helpful,
Your cakes turned out terrific!!! Gald to have been of some help!!
Your cake is awesome!! It looks so realistic.
Wow, wonderful job, how cute was that cake!
I didn't follow the posts on this one, but I take it you made the cake in a clay flower pot? I don't bake cakes in clay, but I do have clay bakers that I cook in and you actually soak them in cold water for about 1 hour or so. So I am thinking tat maybe if you have to use a clay pot again, that soaking it first would help with the moisture loss?
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Great cake! I want to know how you made the pop-corn!
wow! that is awesome, so realistic. great job!
Thanks all for the great comments.
As for soaking the pot, great idea...I will definitely give that a try if I ever bake anything in there again!
The popcorn was made out of fondant. I rolled little balls and then using my second smallest flower cutter from the Wilton set, (can't remember it's actual name but comes with green plastic cutters and a book on making gumpaste flowers) I rolled out fondant and cut the flowers out. I shaped the flowers with a ball tool and then inserted them with the pointy tool into the balls. I got the technique from another member here and at Wilton...Cakereations...thanks by the way!
Mrs. Missey suggested the butter technique when I was stumped and it worked out beautifully.
Great! Thank you! Everyone here is so helpful!
Thanks, for all the tips . I am going to try this one for my bucket of chicken cake. I wanted to use a flowerpot , but I was kind of worried about if clay pots contained lead. I have to travel about 25 miles to carry the cake and I'm not sure if I want to decorate it there or at home. Thanks so much! I hope I can do this , I'm so nervous.Your cake is awesome!
You can do it! I baked my cake in a flower pot too and it turned out fine. You can see the cake here
i hope the link works - anyway it's in the gallery here. it's the bushel of crabs cake.
I was just stopping in to see how you did that popcorn. It looked so real! Great cake! Thanks for sharing the technique.
BTW...A bushel of crabs, a bucket or popcorn...the talent here is amazing! I'm always learnin' something.
What a crabby cake, I just love it and can see why it would win!
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Thank you! And the link worked too!
Great cake! I love it. Did you mold all those crabs by hand or did you use cutters?
Very well done,
thank you! i molded them. if i do the cake again i will use crab cookies! they will be easier and more edible. i can't imagine biting into a fondant crab.
Suzanne, superb job on the oscars cake!! How did you make the reel for the film? Is it also cake?
Debbie, I'm from Maryland too and I love that bushel of crabs cake!! Outstanding!
Thank you! Were are you from?
Debbie, I live in Rockville.
That's great! Finally another Marylander! We'll have to KIT!
The film reel was rolled fondant. I rolled it out to 1/4" thickness and cut out a 5" circle using the lid of a tin I own. I then cut the outside holes with the large end of a #6B tip and the inside holes using the large end of a small tip. I let them dry on powdered sugar over night and then painted them with a lustre dust / clear vanilla combination. I only painted one side. I let them dry overnight again. The film in the middle was a chocolate plaque made in the bottom of a clean cashew tin and the film strip was dyed rolled fondant. I cut out a strip the same width as the chocolate and then punched tiny holes along each side with the small end of tip #3. I used the leftover dyed brown fondant to make a little brick 1x1x2" to hold up the reel. I attached the film reel to the chocolate and to the stand using melted chocolate.
As it turns out, a guest at the party liked the fondant popcorn so much that he ate the little brown stand that the reel was sitting on when he found out it was made of the same material...he got 3/4 of the way through and then felt a little ill. Imagine eating that much fondant....YUCK! I can't stand the stuff. I make my own and it tastes better than Wilton's but not by too much. I find it sickeningly sweet.
Hope this helps,
I was wondering where did you purchase the flowerpot? teddybearmom
I got it at Wal-Mart for $3.50 CAD.
Thanks once again. So the pots must be safe. Sorry for all the questions, but when you stacked the popcorn, did you have problems with it being too heavy on top? Did you assemble the popcorn fondant at the last minute? I am worried about it crashing the top layer . teddybearmom
There really isn't that much popcorn on there. I left the dome alone when the cake was done...didn't press it down...didn't level it off. Then I put a thin layer of buttercream on it and pressed the popcorn into it...it looks like it is a pile because of the cake's natural dome.
Ok Debbie. What area are you in?