I wanted to make them each a superhero cake but they don't like fondant or sugary frosting so I used whipped cream and sugar sheets. Here's how I made them:
First I had to bake the cakes and then I cut off the tops to make them even.
Then I put whipped cream and homemade blackberry jam in-between the layers.
Then I put whipped cream all around the top and sides.
Then I started on the designs. First I had to google the superhero emblems to get it right and I printed them out so I wouldn't forget.
Then I cut out the iconic emblems and held them up to the sugar sheets to make sure I cut them out properly.
I laid them on wax paper so they wouldn't stick to anything. I needed to create the emblems in layers.
I used an exacto knife to get the lines right and I cut the sugar sheets out on a cutting board so I wouldn't cut into the table.
After I created all the emblem pieces, I used frosting to piece them together (frosting is the glue that holds them in place).
Then I put them on the frosted cakes.
But they still needed some embellishments: licorice and candy.
I always keep wax paper underneath the cakes so I can transfer them easily to the cake stands. After I have them positioned on the cake stands, I use candy around the edges to make it look like clean lines.
I made a few mistakes while I was making these cakes. Here's my tips so you won't make the same errors:
1) Make sure you measure the top of your cake against the emblems you're going to put on top. I made mine too big and had to cut them down to size so they would fit properly.
2) Count out your candies so you are sure you have the proper count of black to red...I had to skimp and scrimp to cover the edges.
3) Don't cook your cakes until the tester comes out clean - they are over done if the toothpick comes out clean. Leave them a little damp, they continue to cook for a few minutes after you take them out of the over and there is nothing worse than dry cake. (I didn't make this mistake - but it's easy to do).
In the end, I thought they turned out cute...even if they are a little kidish for a 29 and 25 year old ;D
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