Handy Many Cake Question

Decorating By kristenmbatt Updated 7 Dec 2013 , 3:21am by justmeandacake

kristenmbatt Posted 21 Nov 2013 , 5:44pm
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I just got an order to do a Handy Many cake just like this. My question is how would you put together the tool box section? I'm thinking a rectangle of cake for the bottom section and then maybe cardboard covered pieces for the outside part of the handles with a fondant covered dowel across. Not sure if there is a better option for the whole handle section, if you have a good idea please let me know! Also I was thinking of putting dowels through the individual tools to get them to stand straight like that. Would you use fondant or gumpaste combo? Thanks!

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cakealicious7 Posted 21 Nov 2013 , 5:51pm
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AMaybe try Rice Krispie treats for the handles instead? And fondant gum paste combo is a good idea to make the tools, I think the dowels through the tools is an option because you definitely need some kind of support. Good luck!!

kristenmbatt Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 9:16pm
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Here is how my Handy Manny cake turned out. Thanks for the advice!

SamC23 Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 10:21pm
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AThat's amazing! I love it and hope I can do something like that one day :)

kristenmbatt Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 10:22pm
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Thank you!

cakealicious7 Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 10:50pm
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AWow!! You did an amazing job!!! So what steps did you take to make the box and tools?

kristenmbatt Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 11:44pm
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For the figurines I used wooden dowels cut to size which I placed in my figurines while they were still soft. I wrapped the screwdrivers lower portions in a thinly rolled out fondant rectangle using edible gel as glue to secure it to the dowel. Then I let these dry standing up right in a foam block. Once they were dry i create eyes with round balls of fondant, flattened the back side and cut a flat circle of fondant in half to create the eyelid. Drew on the pupil with edible ink. These were secured on with water and a snipped toothpick since water alone was not strong enough to hold them. Once everything was dry I used Wilton edible food spray to give the tools and screws a shiny luster.

For the tool box, I had decide early how big it would be to fit on my round cake. I created a paper template for the rectangle base. I then cut out flat shapes for the sides of the tool box. For the handle sides I drew a template and used that for cutting. I cut out a hole near the top which was the same size as my fondant covered dowel used for the handle. I let these dry for several days before attempting to adhere to the cake. I read online that it is possible to speed up fondant piece work drying time by placing in the over for an hour with just the oven light on. I will have to try that next time because I was too afraid it would ruin my work.

After I covered my tool box rectangle cake in red fondant I adhered the dry fondant toolbox sides using water. Seeing that there was still a gap at the joints of the pieces I cut out 4 tall rectangles and attached them.


The night before the cake pick up I put the doweled tools into the tool box cake so they wouldn't have too much time to settle and move around.


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cakealicious7 Posted 6 Dec 2013 , 11:37am
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AAmazing!!! I really think that you did an even better job than the original picture, and thank you for explaining in detail how you made this. Will definitely be reading your blog

mattyeatscakes Posted 6 Dec 2013 , 2:59pm
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omg!! this is AWESOME!!! great job!! ;-D

justmeandacake Posted 7 Dec 2013 , 3:21am
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AGreat job..love it!

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