Originally posted January 16, 2008
Today was Exploding Stars Present Box cake day (blue theme). Ritzy already made the stars and ganached the cake, so I was left to finish things off. After covering the cake with icing, I left it to dry for a while as per Handi’s genius suggestion so that it would be able to support the next piece of icing placed on top for the lid. In the meantime I made the bow so it would also have time to dry and set. The bow turned out well today – most likely due to expert instruction from Anna-Maria and a fabulous reminder lesson from Ritzy.
Following are the instructions I have written into my notebook for bow-making:
1. Make two pieces rolled out to an even thickness (about 3 – quite thin – on the pasta machine I use) that are 7 inches x 5 inches.
2. Wet the two 5-inch sides with water, fold in the corners slightly, and crinkle the edges together.
3. Place aquarium filter material inside the bow and fold the two crinkled edges together to form one side of the bow.
4. Fold under one of the looped sides of the bow so that it sits upright.
5. Repeat to make the other side of the bow and bring the two centers together (but do not secure yet).
6. Prepare the icing ribbon to go around the center, slightly thicker than the previous pieces (I used level 5). This piece can be as wide as you like, but perhaps start with around 3 inches wide and make sure it is long enough to wrap around to make the middle of the bow.
7. Fold in the two long cut edges to make smooth outside edges.
8. Crinkle the long way once again, wet with a little bit of water, and wrap around the middle extensions of the two bows. Trim on the backside.
9. Cut and add the two trails, crinkling them up for effect if desired (see finished photo).
10. Make sure the bow looks the way you want it to and let it dry – overnight is best. After it is dry, take out the aquarium filter material. Viola!
For a fantastic video about bow-making, watch Handi on Planet Cake’s YouTube video
The board was covered in grey, which I tried to mix by taking the obvious route and adding black to white. However, the result was less than desirable…a pale lavender color. Handi showed me how to mix in a small about of egg yellow icing, which would grey the color out. Today was my first time covering a board around a square cake…somehow there are always new challenges! It was a little bit tougher than covering a board around a circular cake since I had to cut the icing to the exact proportions of the cake so the corners would match up flush with the cake. There may be a trick to it that I don’t know to make things easier, but my method worked well for today.
After adding the “lid” and side ribbons, the rope was added around the base and the bow anchored on top of the cake with the flowing ribbons. All that was needed after that were some exploding stars, the piped message on the board, and candles. The cake was done before noon and it was on to rose-making for the rest of the day. Flower making is a necessary task, but one that I find quite relaxing and enjoyable.
The other highlight of the day was producing one of the black icing clubs to go on the bottom tier Handi’s poker-themed cake for a celebrity birthday – my first (albeit very small) piece of a celebrity cake! Take a look at the cake below:
HANDI’S AMAZING CAKE