Corbin’s still expecting a super fabulous cake created by his mommy and modeled after this one we found on line. I love testing my skills to see what I can come up with but have never really tried anything all too important. I’ve got a tote of cake pans in the garage calling me to put them to use. I’ve got another tote full of different toppers and things I’ve collected over the years. Yet another tote in my kitchen is full of different sprinkles and other fun confections. Clearly this has given my (almost) seven year old false confidence.
One day on the way home from Disney, Corbin start designing his own cake for me and here’s what he came up with (notice practically the entire Phineas and Ferb cast, seven 7’s because he’s turning 7, birds flying in the sky):
Step One: Decide on the theme. Corbin’s got this part down! 🙂
Step Two: Decide on flavor(s). Corbin’s requested chocolate cake and white cake with chocolate chips.
Step Three: How to tackle the project. This is where I’m currently at. There are several things to consider here – what shape and size cake to make, what type of icing (and filling if different than icing) you’ll use, what kind of decorations you’ll put on the cake, how to store the cake and how you’ll put it all together.
Shape: My plan is to make a two tired round cake similar to the one in the picture we found on line. I have no round cake plans so I will need to purchase a couple of them for this project. I think it will be a good investment if I purchase the right sizes so the pans will be able to be used again. If you’re getting an “abnormal” shape (just about anything other than square or rectangle) be sure you know how to cut it. Don’t be worried if you ask the bakery – you’re not the first and won’t be the last to ask.
Size: This is usually determined by how many people you’re trying to feed. I usually make (or buy) extra cake because we like the leftovers and usually send some home with some of our guests. You can also stretch a cake by cutting the pieces smaller or larger if you have fewer people actually able to attend the party. There are several websites on line that will tell you how many people different sizes of cake will feed.
Icing: I plan on making buttercream icing to use. I’ve made this in the past and have had decent luck with it so I feel somewhat confident about this.
Filling: I’m not sure here just yet. I’m thinking about some kind of filling for the chocolate cake and maybe throwing some chocolate chips into the buttercream filling for the vanilla cake so it’s not all just straight buttercream.
Covering: This I’m not sure on yet either. I’ve never worked with fondant so I’m kind of nervous about that. Wilton’s website has a tutorial that seems easy enough but I’m still a bit nervous. I’ve watched way too many cake shows on tv to know that it can be very tricky to work with.
Decorations: The “model” cake has some cute starfish, shells and beach balls. I plan on buying the Wilton seashell candy mold and making those with Wilton candy melts to cover the shells. I’m on the lookout for a starfish mold and tips to make the beach balls. I was lucky enough to find the same toy on the cake on Ebay. As for the waves, if I can do it, I’ll make them out of fondant. If I get really brave, I’ll just pipe them on in blue buttercream.
Storage: This is the tricky part. I live in the South which means it’s VERY hot and VERY humid. My fridge isn’t huge so I’ll have to be sure the cake size I choose will fit into my fridge (be sure to measure width AND height!!). I also need to figure out how I’m going to keep the cake from literally melting while the kids are swimming until we eat and do cake. We’ve got friends who live near the pool we’ve rented but not sure that they’ll have room in their fridge to keep it cooled until we’re ready for it.
Now that I know what needs to happen, I need to start purchasing and gathering materials. To keep everything semi-organized and in one place, I use a storage tote as a gathering place for this.
- Piping bags and tips
- Buttercream recipe
- Toy topper
- Cake pans
- Filling recipe
- Seashell mold
- Starfish mold
- Candy melts
- Cake boards
- Some basic tools like a fondant smoother, buttercream smoother, ect
- Patience and confidence