Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tutorial: The Twilight Cake
With The Twilight Saga: Eclipse out in theaters this week, I thought it was about time that I finally write about the cake I made last month. It was for my dearest friend, Juls. She's the biggest Twilight fan I know and so when her birthday came around this year, I just knew I had to make her this cake.
Since I'm not too familiar with the Twilight series, I had to do a little bit of research. I looked at the book covers and tried to figure out how to incorporate all the elements into one cake. The black background was the first thing that jumped out at me so that became the main color of the cake. I decided to make the symbols on the book covers out of rolled fondant and place them on top of the cake. As for the flavor, there was no debate; it had to be a red velvet cake.
I thought it would be a cool idea to write popular book quotes on the side of the cake. I didn't want to ask Juls because I wanted it to be a surprise so I just searched for them online. I used a small paintbrush and a mixture of silver luster dust and vodka to write the quotes onto the cake.
Here are some of the book quotes I decided to use:
"And So the lion fell in love with the lamb.
What a stupid lamb.
What a sick masochistic lion."
“If I could dream at all, it would be about you. And I’m not ashamed of it.”
"I promise to love you forever, every single day forever; will you marry me?"
For the scrollwork pattern, I made fondant scrolls and attached them around the base of the cake. I painted them with the same silver luster dust/vodka mixture as I did with the book quotes.
For the apple, I rolled some fondant into a ball and gently pressed around the top with my thumbs. To create the stem, I just rolled a tiny piece of fondant and attached it to the top of the apple. I painted it red and brown using Wilton icing colors.
For the ruffled tulip, I used the tools in my Wilton Flower Making Set. I cut out a piece of rolled fondant and pressed it inside the leaf mold. Then I ruffled the edges using the foam pad and one of the sticks. I made two more petals using the same technique. For the falling petal, I used a small rose petal cutter. I arranged the petals so they would look just like the ruffled tulip on the New Moon book cover and used a very thin paintbrush to color it red. For the stem, I just took a skinny piece of fondant and painted it green.
For the ribbon, I took a long piece of rolled fondant and cut it into two pieces. To create the frayed edge, I used a paring knife and basically dragged the knife across several times. I shaped the ribbon to look like the Eclipse book cover and then painted it with red food coloring.
The chess pieces were basically shapes made out of rolled fondant that I stacked on top of each other. For the pawn, I made three round discs on the bottom, an hourglass for the middle and another round disc and a ball for the top. The queen was made pretty much the same way except for the crown. I took a strip of rolled fondant and used a rose petal cutter to shape the top of the crown. I wrapped the strip around a ball and placed a tiny ball at the very top. I used my FMM geometrical cutter set to make four white squares for the chessboard. I arranged them in the center of the cake and placed the pawn and the queen across from each other using two of the white squares.
When Juls saw the cake for the first time, she was absolutely blown away. She loved it so much that she couldn't bear the thought of cutting it. Seriously, she really didn't want to cut her cake. Eventually, I managed to convince her to finally cut it because I promised her I'd make her an exact replica in a fake cake. She decided to display her fake Twilight cake on her bookshelf next to her Twilight series :-)