This cake is a sour cream chocolate cake covered in a milk chocolate caramel
frosting. It is covered in a milk chocolate modeling chocolate/ fondant mix
(which for the record, tastes better than fondant but is considerably more
challenging to work with!).
This is the amount of chopped chocolate (a mixture of milk and bittersweet) that went into the icing alone! 27 ounces in total just in the icing!! There was more chocolate in the cake and more again in the fondant so you would need a sweet tooth to eat a slice of this!
Each side of the cake had a different teacher-related theme. The front of the
cake had a fondant "black board", two fondant apples, a piece of looseleaf made with fondant and food safe markers and a gumpaste pencil. The left side of the cake featured a fondant coat rack with scarves, back packs, and sneakers.
The right side of the cake had "artwork" that was supposed to resemble drawings that students would give to their teachers. The canvas is fondant and the paintings were done with food coloring gel. A fondant pencil laid on the cake board beneath this.
The back side of the cake featured a chalk board with algebra equations that the internet states would be at a Grade 4 level (since the birthday girl is a
teacher for Grade 4 students). Some gumpaste chalk was piled beneath the chalk board.
On the top of the cake, I attempted to make the teacher herself out of gumpaste based on a photograph that I had. She is sitting on a carpet and has fondant books scattered around her.
The cake board is covered in fondant that was made to look like a hardwood floor using an impression mat, a pizza cutter, piping tips and brown food coloring. The Happy Birthday lettering was added to the edge of the cake board. I had wanted it to be on the looseleaf but I just couldn't get letters small enough to fit and the looseleaf wouldn't have fit on the cake board if it were any larger! I'm very happy with how this one turned out!
This blog will follow my adventures with cake, pastry and all things sweet!