Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Naruto is the man!!

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And this mad almost defeated me. His top half wouldn’t support his bottom half. I had to give him new bottoms!! I was truly sad because I did an awesome job on his bottom half!!

I contemplated just using his top half but I thought it would be freaky if it was half of Naruto… isn’t he supposed to be awesome…? So having half of him..well…wouldn’t that show his defeat?

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My next challenge is that I didn’t have the green dye that I wanted for the top of the cake. So I was not happy with it.. To me it didn’t flow with the rest of the colors.  But the cake must go on.

My next challenge was because I gave him a new bottom half he didn’t have the days of drying time he should have. So I had to form the legs on the cake! Oh gosh, I don’t like putting gumpaste figures in the fridge. Never have and don’t want to try. The cake needed to stay firm to support him. Technically I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I cranked up the air condition and let the entire cake sit next to it. See, my house was hot.  My central air wasn’t keeping the house cold.  It caused much condensation issues with my fondant. Normally its no problem when the fondant condenses..you just have to stick it in front of a fan or real cool area and let it dry. It can be scary because even as I applied the fondant it was sweating.  It was hard for me to smooth.

 

I had tried a different technique with this cake called “Cake Speckle”. I wasn’t sure if the not so smoothness of my fondant was because of this. I will definitely do a post about cake speckle soon. Look out for it! But here is a peek of what it looks like! This was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercreme and strawberry filling!!

 

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In this end.. the cake came together. Naruto sat on top..well until we got the cake to the destination.. then under him a crack formed!!  It was sweltering!

Bottom line..again…I learned from this cake. Would I do things differently next time I have a cake like this to do? Yes indeed! Working in the summer with fondant is certainly an experience!! And we have a whole lotta summer left!!

Here’s a treat for you.. the recipe for the Chocolate Buttercreme! Hand’s down the best I have tasted!

Chocolate Buttercream

Recipe Source: Recipezaar

*Kittencal’s Buttercream Icing*

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

2 2/3 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/3 cup half and half cream or milk or whipping cream (I prefer heavy whipping cream)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

~ADD ONE OF THE FOLLOWING~

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (for light)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (for medium) ( I use this)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (for dark rich)

 

    Directions

    Cream the butter in a small bowl.

    Blend in the desired amount of cocoa powder *

    Then add vanilla, confectioners sugar*, alternately with the cream.

    Beat with an electric mixer, until the desired texture is achieved.

     

    *Note..I sifted my cocoa powder and confectioners sugar together then added them prior to vanilla and cream.

    This recipe makes 2 cups. Ah, I’d like to add that you may want to double it because it is highly likely that you will be “tasting” this a bit more then usual! Make sure you have some for the cake!!

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