The Cake Gotham Deserves

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I love any kind of decorating challenge but my eyes glaze over with excitement when I’m asked to make a Star Wars cake or a Bubble Bobble cake. So imagine my face when I was asked to make a Batman cake with full reign on design. Choosing the design was the real challenge because, as you can imagine after over 75 years,  Batman has gone through so many makeovers, shifts in tones, different forms of media, all contributing to its iconic status in our popular culture.

I went with Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s Batman + Adam West’s “POW!” and “BAM!”

He also has no arms because I suck at molding appendages.

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Happy birthday, Dad!

(This is not his cake but I’d feel like a dick if I didn’t say that)

Star Wars: The Fondant Awakens

 

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I was recently asked to do a Star Wars themed birthday cake for a young padawan named Maggie. Excited, I was! And while my ambitions and creativity expanded to a galaxy far, far away, timing and — let’s get real — my abilities would hold me back. But, you can do a lot with a little bit of fondant and a catalogue of Star Wars characters.

Lucky for me, someone gifted me with a set of Star Wars cookie cutters and with some extra fondant to give dimension to his eyes and nose, a confectionery Yoda was born!

The others, however, required a little more fun and attention to detail.

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The setting along the side of the cake was of Tatooine (not pictured is the planet’s dual suns over the horizon). I was going to go with a non-figurative representations of jawas but then I remembered this is for a kid’s birthday… and without sleeves they were essentially erect penises on the side of the cake.

And now you can’t unsee it. Moving on…

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C-3P0 was enormous fun to build! His detailing was very simple and translated well into fondant. But what’s a 3P0 without his R2?

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With a dome coloured with silver pearl dust, some strategically placed blue fondant, and a few indented lines, R2-D2 came alive to accompany C-3P0. If I had more time and room, I would’ve loved to create all the characters!

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The surface of the cake might not be anything to write home about, but I know one little girl who was very happy with her cake. One day, I’ll make a cake depicting the trench run scene, or a 3D ewok cake, or maybe a detailed Millennium Falcon cake; but until then, I’ll just keep training practicing.

Minecraft Cake

This Minecraft requires two 8″x8″ square pans, a vanilla cake recipe (or chocolate but I used vanilla), 500 mL heavy cream, 1 package of instant vanilla pudding, 2 batches of marshmallow fondant (one batch tinted light brown, the other white), one batch of buttercream frosting (enough to coat the cake… it’ll be covered in fondant), some red and brown pearl dust and a little bit of vodka for painting. If you have gray petal dust for a little bit of detailing and shading, have at it!

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I Geek, Therefore I Am

You’ve already seen my Watchmen Cookies, now here are more cakes and cupcakes I’ve done in the past that are geared toward my fellow geeks and pop culture lovers…

This commissioned cake features one of the most addictive games of my youth: Bubble Bobble.

This cake was for an 80s theme birthday. Why we landed on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Your guess is as good as mine. I used a meringue frosting which had the texture and taste of marshmallow… seemed appropriate.

This ColecoVision cake design was an issued challenge. It is one of my [very] early attempts at decorating (circa 2008). Knowing what I know now, I think I’d like to revisit this and use fondant. Stay tuned for that!

Kids’ birthdays are so much fun to bake for! Here, the theme of the party was the Renaissance! Kidding, it was superheroes, of course! The piping took a while and my hands were sore after but I had a blast making these (though, seeing Marvel and DC mix it up cupcake-style bothers me).

That’s right! I once made cupcakes in honour of a f*cking CMS tool!

And finally, I’ll cap this post off with Oscar the Grouch! I also created an Elmo, Big Bird, Grover and Cookie Monster but I wasn’t overly fond of them. One day… One day.