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May 23, 2013
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Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake by cakecrumbs Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake by cakecrumbs
Backstory: A little while ago, my sister approached me with an idea. She's doing an education degree, and her and her friends had to give a series of lessons on the geological sciences to a class of primary school kids. One of their lessons involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake. So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it.

I told her I couldn't do it. "How do you get a sphere inside a sphere inside a sphere?" I recall saying. "Oh yeah," she replied, realising what it would involve.

I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about it. I don't admit defeat. Ever. But especially not with cake. Nothing is impossible is pretty much my baking motto, so to say this cake was impossible left me feeling weird. There had to be a way. A way that didn't involve carving or crumbing the cake. I kept mulling it over until I had a breakthrough.

I actually ended up coming up with a couple ideas, but I couldn't do my Plan A due to equipment restrictions. So I went with Plan B: baking a cake inside a cake inside a cake.

Tech details: The inner core is vanilla buttercake, the outer core is lemon Madeira sponge, the mantle is orange Madeira sponge. The 'crust' of the Earth is made from buttercream, then it's all covered with marshmallow fondant. I marbled a little white fondant through the blue to make it look like clouds. I hand cut the continents then painted them using food colouring and a dry brush technique. The continents took me about 6 hours straight and I'd be lying if I said I didn't end up hating it. What started as a determination for pin-point accuracy became 'let's get this shiz done'. The painting took probably 3/4 of that time. It took 5eva. But I'm glad I did it because I think it looks a lot better then plain green fondant would have.

More pics at my blog: [link]

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mikeiscool12345 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
yum! want one!
Scaly-heart Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is awesome! Do you think it would be okay for me to try to make this some day? I would give you credit of course! I would love to make it.
NekoChan99 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!!!!! Just WOW!!!!!!! :wow:
AvaSoyookaze Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pure awesomeness~
Miss-TaDa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow best Earth Cake ever ^^
yukosteel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, wow! It looks like a dream! I wish the Earth become sooo greeny! : )
Just, outstanding!
vinterbarnet Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Really amazing! I'm so glad you found a way to do it. A spherical cake with several layers? Sounds tricky! And the continents look really good!
Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here
roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!. 

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!. 
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Spigos Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly amazing!
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