60th Birthday Gulf Style

Apr 25, 2012


 

Inspired by this (real life) car:

 

 

This cake was for my Father-in-law for his 60th birthday!  He is a race fan and I wanted to make a cake that he would appreciate but had hard time coming up with inspiration that wasn’t more appropriate for a six year old.  But, my handy hubby saved the day again by providing this inspirational Gulf Racing paint scheme (and actually came up with the design of the cake too!)

 

This cake was really big so I decided to do it properly and stacked the cake using dowels in the bottom layer: I measured the hight of the cake and adjusted the measurement to be a few millimeters below the surface of the cake. Then I taped them together and cut them (to make sure they were all exactly the same size). Then I rinsed and dried them before putting them into the cake.  (These dowels are made by Wilton and are available everywhere you can buy cake supplies.)

 

 

 

 

Then I covered the dowels back over with icing and continued with the fondant as usual:

 

 

 The small cake on top is supported by a small cardboard circle lined with parchment paper.  This method takes a bit more time but for a heavier, moister cake recipe it’s worth it not to have the top cake start to sink and the bottom cake start to bulge and get mis-shaped. (you can see a bit of this happening on the photos I took of Lisa’s Bon Voyage cake here.)  Over all it was a success and I hope it showed my Father-in-law how much we appreciate him!

1 Comments

LisaMay 29, 2012 10:02 am

Good job with the dowels, worked great eh? Is that just buttercream under the fondant? It give the edges such good structure. Great job, looks super polished

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