Sunday, January 16, 2011

Indiana Jones Birthday Cake

Welcome to my first blog post!  I look forward to sharing my cake creations, favorite recipes, and cooking tips over the coming year!

My latest cake endeavor was an Indiana Jones themed cake for a friend's son.   She wanted the cake to look like Indiana Jones' hat, and she was going to provide the whip herself.  Having never seen any of the Indiana Jones movies myself, I had to do quite a bit of research just to figure out what the significance of all that was!  So in case some of you aren't familiar with the famous fedore eithert, here's what we were going for...

The cake was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, covered in modeling chocolate instead of fondant.  Modeling chocolate (also called chocolate plastic sometimes) is a mixture of melted chocolate (can be either dark, milk, or white chocolate) and corn syrup. 

Once the mixture cools, it is basically like chocolate play dough.  You can use it to cover cakes, make figures, flowers, almost anything!

The cake finished cake was nestled in sugar "sand" and decorated with “rocks” made of colored modeling chocolate. 

I also made 2 dozen chocolate cupcakes each topped with small fedora hat made of modeling chocolate as well.  Hopefully pics of those to come!

 Stay tuned for some of my favorite cakes from 2010 too!

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