Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Don't Laugh, But This Is Why I Don't Do Decorative Cakes


It was a slight tinge of horror that ran through my mind when Lionheart asked if I could do an Elmo cake for his daughter's birthday. And for 60 people too. I have till now avoided like the plague any orders for kids birthday cakes, but since I attended the cupcake class at Cooking House recently, and saw that fondant/sugarpaste wasn't that hard to make, especially with a kenwood, I thought I'd give it a try. What I find particularly tough about sugarpaste is coloring it. Kneading the dyes into the sugarpaste is a lot harder than it looks, especially to get an even coloring. However, since Elmo and appendages was going to be red all round, I mixed the coloring in at the mixing stage, so the entire batch was red.

Sugarpaste Recipe

480 gms icing sugar
2 tablespoons gelatine
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons liquid glucose
2 teaspoons glycerin

Sift the icing sugar. No shortcut here. Some brands of icing sugar are less lumpy than others.
Melt the gelatine in the water. Add the glucose and glycerin into the warm gelatine mixture.

With the K paddles at slow speed, gradually add in the mixture into the icing sugar, until it all binds together. Scoop out the sugarpaste onto a surface that has been dusted with icing sugar, and knead until you get a nice pliable blob.

And then, last Monday, Lionheart tells me that he's actually having TWO parties for his little princess, and needed a Cookie Monster cake for the dinner part. Up till that point, I had no idea WHAT Cookie Monster looked like. Thank goodness for the easy accessibility to such information online. Anyway, here's my 1st attempt at Cookie Monster.

Anyway, the other thing I find really hard to do is to achieve a nice smooth surface for the buttercream, as my buttercream is pure butter, as opposed to the Wilton one, which uses shortening, which I find exceedingly gross. The Wilton "butter"cream however spreads marvellously and looks gorgeous, but you can taste the lingering greasy slime of shortening on your palate, and fingers.

They were my birthday present to the Little Princess.


25 comments:

MeiyeN said...

oh my god... lol.. :D :D :D da elmo is in shocking mode! like this---> O_o hahahahaha :p not too bad at least you tried and i am sure you can do a better one next time! :D :D i still can't stop laughing :p

jason said...

Hahaha... it looks like a small kid's drawing :P

Mandy said...

I think you did pretty well for both cakes. Seriously, I won't be able to do this kind of decorative stuff.So much work! I don't think I can earn money from making kids birthday cake....

ka..t said...

First, if you dowan ppl to laugh, you shudn't write out dun laugh! I didn't plan to laugh, but after what you wrote and looking at your pikchers, I couldn't help but laugh!!! LOL

Your colours are sooo vivid! And looks like Picasso Sesame Street liddat... :D Hey, that's a compliment BTW. Your dry wit is all over the cake!! That means whenever someone see a cake like that, they know it's an authentic FBB creation! :)

Tracy Tan said...

they are both really cute! must taste great with all the butter!

Precious Pea said...

I won't laugh cos I know if you let me do it, sure it turn out worse. Anyway..cute ma...can still see that it's Elmo and Cookie Monster. But if your cookie monster is in purple, looks a bit like barney!

Joanna said...

Hmm...I didn't laugh for the elmo one, but the cookie monster a little out of shape. BUt good attempt! Cos i only attempt butter cake and lemon butter till now.

sunshine said...

The blue butter icing was really tasty, altho i ended up with blue icing all over my teeth!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

well.

i'm sure they tasted really nice. :-) still think u da best.

Sam said...

You can use the edge of a parchment paper to scrape the surface of the butter cream. Always move the edge in one direction.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wahahaha..its a good effort..but man it looks retarded kekeke..i wonder what the birthday girl reaction was..?

fatboybakes said...

nipples, brutal!!! retarded? sigh.

sam, eh, have you started your blog yet huh? i clink on your profile and blog got nothing yet?

LL...yar, only coz you want something from me, nyeeeahahahah.

sunshine, its BUTTER and SUGAR...how bad can it taste right? i could eat it just like taht.

joanna..ironically, the cookie monster was copied off the internet. inspired by this one:
http://www.dinkels.com/site/pics/457/16595/64878/153336/cookie_monster.jpg

precious pea, thanks for not laughing. [licking wounds]

tracy dear, you're a real chum.

kat...hahah, picasso sesame street. thats an idea hor, just tout it as that.

mandy, you're right. its hardly worth the effort. actually in thailand sugarpaste cakes are so cheap, coz labour is cheap i guess, and they're so good with their craft. if only i could import a worker...

jason, oh, so you can identify with it la in which case....?

meiyen, want me to do your wedding cake? nyeeeahahahahahahahahhaahah!

smallertoe said...

elmo and cookie monster, my son loves dem too. cookie monster has always been my fav sesame street character.

elmo head looked a bit like got chopped off and put on a platter (sori, a bit gross). suggest dat u just put a smile with black icing rather den make open mouth ... less scary, if u ever get arm twisted to do it again! =)

cookie monster - suggest throw in a few chomped up oreo cookies all over da cake and pretend dat cookie monster left dem there afta skipping town! no nid to draw the fella ... how convenient, hor? =)

good effort, though. btw, ur big day is sometime soon, rite? so Blessed B'day.

Tummythoz said...

Hahahahahaaahahahahahaha. Muacks muacks muacks for brightening up my week! Hahahahahaahahaha.. on & on & on.
Have I told u lately you are one of my favourite blog

wmw said...

Well, I for one would have done a lot a lot worse if you asked me to do the deco (hehe...does looks like you use two hard boiled eggs for the eyes) but am sure it would still taste very good. A cake with humour!

fatboybakes said...

wmw, wah, hard boil eggs ah? that's a compliment man, you mean my sugarpaste looks so smooth?

tummythoz, glad to be such a beacon of delight...hahaha. you are too kind. which is more than i can say for some of the brutal, brutal comments that has reduced me to tears like a 3 year old going to kindy for first time.....hHAHAHAHAHHAHAH.

teckiee said...

this is the song, la la lala, elmo song, la la lala, la la lala, elmo song, la la la, la la la laaa, la la la, la la la laaa, we love to sing, la la lala, elmo song, we love the music, we long the song, that elmo songggggg!

u make miss sesame street. And you are such a sweet dad la.

daphne said...

u know, if i try my hand at this, i wont be able to call it elmo or cookie monster.. (might give them a new name to save my embarrassment)... yours looks cute and adorable! More importantly, they are the right shade of color too.

smallertoe said...

teckiee, whoever you r, thanks for the elmo song lyrics! my son has been badgering me to sing him "elmo song".

reading ur comment reminded me of how it goes! thanks. lol =P

Flower said...

Lama tak comment here. I too make birthday cakes for my kiddies birthday last 2 days. Both of them were both 1 year and 1 day apart. I have to bake 4 cakes, 2 for school party n 2 for homes. Since I'm not as good as you, for my daughter's cake I just used fondant and my sons cake I just slapped some choc ganache and top with is cars and tree and so on. Too malas to make cars with the fondant. No time lah.

beachlover said...

look good and cute!! I can see Elmo at my first glance...you're too humble:)

Big Boys Oven said...

fbb in no time you will be the master of icing & cream cakes, trust me! :)

Sam said...

uploaded some stuffs already on my blog. me very lazy person LOL. Sorry.

fatboybakes said...

SAM!!! unbelievable stuff you have. they look EXQUISITE!!!! i am not worthy.

BBO, you too kind, but i really doubt it la, coz i got no patience.

beachlover, you're ALSO too kind...hahah.

flower, ya la, lama tak jumpa. how's life in perth? bananas still expensive?

daphne, yeah, i thought the colors were nice hor.

teckie, those cakes were for MY kids...

Jackson said...

cute huh!