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« on: July 29, 2008 09:53:15 AM »

What kind of birthday present do you get the dad who has everything?

You make him a teepee cake!  This was my first time working with fondant, and trying to use dowels and architecture in a cake.  I learned so much, and I think that if I made another teepee cake it would rock ten times more.  The fondant was ready made from Wilton, I dyed it and rolled it out.  I hoped that I would be able to have the tops of the fondant "canvas" held open on two more poles, but the fondant was too soft, the poles poked right through it, that's why I have the odd rolled top. 

The cow skull was shaped freehand from gum paste and then I painted some brown details on it with brown dye diluted with vodka (if you dilute it with water it will dissolve the gum paste). The gum paste dried very quickly and I found it difficult to work with. I had to make two skulls before I got one that looked good. I also whittled down and dyed the dowel poles and pegs above the door. 

My dad was SO excited.  He didn't believe it was a cake and he didn't want to cut into it. He got out some plastic cowboys and Indians and we played with the teepee out in the grass, staging photos.

And here is the cut cake, it was 3 layers of dark chocolate cake with white buttercream icing.

Overall, the fondant was much easier than I expected, and after working with it just once I feel like I've learned alot for the next cake.  It's too bad that fondant doesn't taste too good and has a weird texture. I know that it's perfectly acceptable to peel it off before eating your cake, but some people I know think it's really odd.  I'm going to try to add a little flavor next time, but there's not much I can do with the texture.
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2008 10:14:30 AM »

That's sooo cool! I love the pictures w/cowboys & indians!

« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2008 07:36:48 PM »

I think that looks fantastic! Could have been a difficult shape to use fondant with (I don't know I've never used it.), but you did a really good job.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008 10:50:20 PM »

A teepee! How unique!
You did a really great job with the detail work.
I love that photo with the indians and cowboys in the sepia tone.

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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008 11:54:15 PM »

What an incredibly crafty cake.  I'm sure you really made your Fathers day with such a fantastic cake!!!  Looks delicious.
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2008 08:22:53 AM »

How cool. I wouldn't want to cut into it either. It good you got pictures. You did a great job.
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2008 09:42:35 AM »

Word! That is too funny. I love the little plastic action figures, and the cattle skull gives it that nice southwestern flair! Great cake!

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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2008 11:01:04 AM »

First off Great cake and I think that your Dad got to play with it too is even better. Most parents lose their sense of play  Grin

Wilton Fondant was actually my first fondant too and found it very easy to work with but had the same complaint about taste. Felt it could be compared to playdoh  Tongue.  I asked around and Marshmellow fondant has a much better taste and seems to be easy to make there is a tut around here somewhere with a red white and black cake and her tut was very easy to follow.

I've been curious about gum paste have you done a lot with it?
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008 07:00:19 PM »

i love how you sliced it!! scrolling through the pictures made me wanna watch dances with wolves with kevin costner!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2008 02:32:47 PM »

i took a wilton cake decorating class
to make flowers
and the teacher suggested
using half gum paste and half fondant
to mold into shapes
that's how we did our flowers
it dries a little more slowly and
gives you more time to work with it
didn't taste any better though
i think your cake looks awesome

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