Monday, May 16, 2011

Calvin and Hobbes Cake


When my friend Andrea asked me to make a cake for her boyfriend's birthday, I jumped at the chance.  Andrea is one of my favorite people to serve cake to... why?  Because if it were socially acceptable, Andrea is someone who would cut a slice of the cake and then run off with the rest of it. :)

It all started with chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, and fresh strawberries.



Then, in case there wasn't already enough chocolate (is there even such a thing?)  I covered the whole cake in chocolate ganache.


After the first coating:

After a whole lot of smoothing:

Yes, you can also see my laptop, which I use to play music while I'm working, and my 2 varieties of vanilla extract, because one just isn't enough for me.

After the ganache set up, I covered the cake in fondant and carefully stenciled on the black stripes using softened fondant and a designer stencil.

Of course, this was my first time trying the stenciling technique myself (and I see people mess it up on TV all the time.)  So obviously I chose to use the most unforgiving color combination: black on white.  If something does get messed up, you can fix it using vodka.  Really, there are two options.  Either use a clean paintbrush with some vodka to clean up your mistake or drink the vodka until you can't see the mistake.  ;)

I added the image to the top of the cake using a combination of pin pricking through a picture I had printed out and just drawing it using an edible food color pen.  Once I had the design outlined, I started painting it with a combination of gel colors and petal dusts diluted with vodka.



I was pretty excited about this cake and about sharing it with friends.  Of course it was a big success.




Happy Birthday, Abe!

8 comments:

  1. "some day"....I'm sinking my teeth into one of your cakes!! lol Terrific job Roxanne, as always. You have lucky friends. I'm sure they know that!!

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  2. PHENOMENAL! Amazing. etc etc xx mom

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  3. Roxanne, hope you build this into a thriving business. Amazing cakes. Abe's grandmother and Abe's mom.

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  4. that is amazing! Love it! :)

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  5. I love that stencil. May I ask where you got it?

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  6. This is amazing! Absolutely mouthwatering! I loved it! -Abe

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  7. I wish you could make the cake for my sisters baby shower. :(

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