If you have been keeping up across the platforms you know I have been celebrating my son's birthday through cake and sugar for what seems like a month! 3 Different days of celebrations for one child! Now I have to be clear here "I do not normally do this!" It's just been one of those family life balancing acts where I have had to get more creative than usual!
"Three lots of baking
and Sugar Creations?!"
Yes that's right! I made 3 lots of cakes and toppers for three separate days!
1) Minecraft Topper Cupcakes for school (previous posting)
2) Today's post -Spyro Skylander Portal Cake for a small school friends party
3) Lego Chima Laval 3 tiered Cake to be posted next
Focussing on my Spyro inspired cake today, this little fellow just kind of grew and it was actually never my intention to create such a fantastic looking cake! Awesome fluke right?!!
The idea I had in my mind was a basic round cake, perhaps some coloured ganache and some kind of simple topper that would suffice for a 7 year old's casual birthday party at McDonald's. In hindsight, I did wonder what I was thinking taking this cake into a McDonalds party haha!! Total madness right?! I am sometimes self concious too, that most parents at my son's school don't decorate cakes like I do, heck most don't even realise that I am even writing this blog right now! But a lovely friend pointed out to me in her assertive manner:
"Hey this is your talent and any parent would use their talent at some point of their child's life, so be proud and keep on creating!"
Okay that's enough of the mushy stuff!! Let's get back to cake and sugar talk!
Today I have put together a little photo gallery for you, however please forgive me , I don't have all my step by step photos of how I made Spyro and the Portal Cake, but I am always happy to answer any specific questions via comments.
Spyro was completely made out of fondant treated with CMC, with the exception of the centre straw and toothpicks in the wings.
I hope you enjoy!
Pictorial Mini Gallery
|One beautifully baked Cake, levelled and ready to ganache.|
|I didn't have a Styrofoam Hemisphere handy so I made a fondant one using a pinch bowl as the mould. Once set I covered in a thin layer of fondant and embossed with a mini triangle cutter.|
|The wings were made first but attached last to ensure they were dry. I used foam and tissues to support the shape while drying.When placing the head I left tissue under his chin, again to support while drying.|
|Getting set up! |
1. White Chocolate Ganache 2. Black Fondant covered Board 3.Work Table Prepared
The top right corner is a white fondant disc, cut to the size of the cake.
|For the gold and bronze, I used branded branded Lustre dusts. I just dry brushed them on with a soft paint brush (a bit like applying eye-shadow.) I have found this brand to be my favourite true edible lustre, it blends perfectly both as a dry dust and as a liquid paint when mixed with decorators alcohol. Australian stockists are quite expensive so I buy them in bulk online via Party Animal Online's ebay store. It usually takes 2 weeks for them to arrive from the UK.|
And the full finished cake?
Drum Roll Please....
|Cake Decor Cairns: Spyro Skylander Portal Cake|