Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gears & robot cake - fun futuristic birthday cake

Todays fun post comes from my American friend Autumn Carpenter. Autumn designs and manufacturers a broad range of cake decorating supplies, which I'm proud to stock at Kiwicakes.

This fun cake would thrill and child (and possibly some big kids too). The gears and cogs concept would also be great for steampunk cakes 

Tools and Ingredients
8" and 10" square 2-layer cakes
12" white square cake drum or board
gold rolled fondant
gray rolled fondant
red rolled fondant
blue rolled fondant
copper rolled fondant
milk chocolate
gold lustre dust
silver lustre dust
copper lustre dust
Autumn Carpenter's Manly Texture Sheet Set
clay extruder
Autumn Carpenter's Mini Accent Cutter Set
flexible poly blade/knife
pastry brush
number cutter
grain alcohol or lemon oil

Roll gold fondant to desired thickness and lay on cake drum or board; use poly blade to trim. Using the poly blade, detail the board with lines and knots. Brush the fondant with gold lustre dust. Roll the gray fondant and roll the gears texture sheet over fondant. Cut pieces to cover sides and tops of cake. Stack cakes on board and brush with silver luster dust. Mould gears in chocolate candy mould then paint with lustre dust mixed with grain alcohol or lemon oil. Attach to cake using piping gel. Roll a thick piece of copper fondant and cut a number. Detail the number using the poly blade as you did the cake board. Once number is hard, attach to gear with piping gel. 
Robots: Use wooden skewers as the main supports in the legs. Use different cutters and shapes to make the main robot parts. Arms and legs are done by using the clay extruder and wrapping extruded fondant around 18 gauge wire. Paint pieces with lustre dust mixed with grain alcohol or lemon oil.

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