The heatwaves we're experiencing here in Aus have not only stopped my baking in its tracks, but basically all forms of cooking. Which is one of a few reasons why the blog's on extended hiatus.
But the week before the last major heatwave, my cousin asked me to make a Mike Wazowski cake for her son's 3rd birthday. The forecast showed a promising run of weather so I said yes. Then, the day of fondant working, the forecast skipped a few days ahead and the hot weather suddenly arrived. It turned what shouldn't have been a difficult cake into a minefield of issues. Limp, stretchy cracking fondant over a melting and shifting layer of ganache is hard enough on a regular cake, but worse on a carved cake. I ended up sticking to a very simple design and still struggled achieving just that. It reminded me of what it was like to be an amateur at this.
The only part that wasn't painful was painting the eye. I've been experimenting with painting with food dye and am starting to get better at getting the colours how I want. Now I just need to leech someone's actual painting skills from them so I can paint all the things -- any volunteers?
Specs: Cake is stacks of chocolate mudcake, carved and covered in chocolate ganache then whipped chocolate ganache. That's all covered in marshmallow fondant. The eye was painted using gel paste food colouring.See more at the blog post
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