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Topic: Scoop and Bob the Builder Cake - with progress pics!  (Read 16090 times)
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« on: April 23, 2009 08:09:56 PM »

Hello All!
I finished a cake for a friend's son that I am particularly proud of, (except for the unsmoothness of the fondant), and wanted to share!  I was most proud of the proportions & the "Black Diamond of Illusion" as I call it!  It made my odd triangle shape of cake look like the arm and bucket of scoops digger! 
Too the Pics!

Do you see the "Black Diamond of Illusion"?  Don't mind the parchment paper surrounding Bob... the royal icing wasn't dry enough for the party Sad  (I broke 3 Bob's before resigning to incompleteness).  So, I had to be resourcefull!

The beginning:

Assembly begins:

Notice that the green fondant doesn't quite reach the back corner?  It's worse in the front corner cut off by the photo.... so I decided that would be a great place to put "water" lol!

This is a cheat I often use:  fondant can get heavy, and to make sure that the top piece doesn't weigh down the base, I cut a toilet paper roll to *exactly* the right hight I need, cover it in foil, and carve a hole for it (This pic shows it under the icing):

I love making cakes, but I've only done half a dozen major ones... I can never get the fondant as smooth as the "good looking" cakes that our out there, (and posted on this board!).  But the kids don't mind!  At least the grass and water is smooth!

But ofcourse, after my hours of labour, all the kids really cared about were the chocolate rocks!!! lol!  (They're candy coated chocolate, I found them at the Bulk Barn!)

Thanks for letting me share!  Maybe I'll give some ideas to another cake-making mom or aunt!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009 09:59:01 PM »

That cake is super awesome!!!!!!!  I like to dabble in cake decorating as well.  But I have to say, I have never done a sculpted cake...That takes a special kind of talent, that you have!  I love the detail on the wheels.  What kind of cake recipie did you use?  Whenever i have tried to 'carve' a cake, it seems to crumble. 

Again, it is a super cute cake, and you have done a excellent job on it!  You definitely have inspired me.  And thanks for the toiletpaper roll tip!

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2009 06:02:41 AM »

Thanks for the positive comments!  Cheesy

Yup, I gotta fight the crumblies too!  But I fight the battle when I'm spreading the icing to stick the fondant to, the icing always pulls the crumbles and it's such a mess!

I used two different flavors for this one, (just what was in my cupboard!) the rainbow chip and the butter peacan.  I don't think I'll use butter peacan again for a childs cake though, even though everyone seemed to enjoy it.  I think it's best to go with a denser cake, like yellow cake.  The flavors I used worked pretty good though.

Thanks so much again! Yay cakes~
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2009 05:58:35 PM »

Cute cake.  I'm sure the kids loved it.  Great job.

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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2009 11:37:22 AM »

That cake is AWESOME! What a lucky little kid!

As far as the fondant goes...one thing I've learned from making cakes with fondant is to make sure the icing used underneath is extremely smooth, wipe away any little "spikes/whips/blobs" prior to putting the fondant on.
I don't know if you chilled the cake after applying the icing or if you put a crumb coat on first or not but that does help and makes it easier to smooth the rough spots down.

But seriously, cutting cakes like that isn't as easy as it looks so mad props for you!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009 10:21:22 AM »

My littlest guy would love that!  You did and awesome job!

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