Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Own Personal Cake Wreck?

Damn, it's been a while. Almost two months. I'm still eating (and even cooking), but I've been super lazy about the photographing and the writing. Sorry.

I've resurfaced to share the cake I made for my brother's seventeenth birthday (and another cake I made this weekend, but I don't have pictures yet). Months ago (before the movie came out) he mentioned in passing that he'd like an Iron Man birthday cake. One of the bonuses of having a big sister who likes to bake is that if you mention wanting any cake in passing, it's bound to end up in your face sooner or later, whether it comes out right or not.


Errr....yeah. I'm not sure if it's bad enough for Cake Wrecks, but it's certainly....something.

I'm kind of proud of how the face bit came out because I had to draw that freehand (onto cardboard to make a stencil to use on the cake). I can't draw anything. I fuck up Tic-Tac-Toe. And this is almost identifiable, so that's a big step for me.

As for the color...fail. I thought I bought gold for the face, but I bought copper. I added a bit of orange and loads of yellow and I think it got a little better, but the icing was getting over beaten and too wet, so I had to stop. Wilton calls that pinkish color on the outside burgundy. What? I do not think it means what Wilton thinks it means. As you see it, I added some black and about half a container of red. Sheesh. I guess it's Springtime for Iron Man. He's got his Easter bonnet on.

So what is this monstrosity? Outside, it's the Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Inside is the Golden Vanilla Cupcakes recipe from the same book, filled with a strawberry variation of the raspberry layer from the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars from Vegan With a Vengeance. I was trying to go for a red and gold theme on the inside, too, but I was too lazy to add the tumeric to the cake (more on that in my next cake post), so it looks more red and white:

(the eyes are marzipan, by the way)

Regardless of how it looks, it was still damn tasty and that's the important part, right? I don't seem to be able to make a birthday cake without some sort of screw up, and this is a pretty low-key one, when I think about the problems I've had in the past. I just wish Wilton made Pantones.


Yaelian said...

Nice to see you are back! I am sure that cake was very yummy.

Erin said...

As far as I'm concerned, an attempt at a cool cake is good enough! Especially if it tastes great.

Mihl said...

I don't care about appearances, I am convinced this cake tasted really great!