|Basic shape carved out and frosted.|
|Ready to go|
I began first thing this morning, stacking and carving cakes. Once I got four layers stacked up, I decided it looked tall enough, so the kids got to enjoy the extra layer. Okay, okay. I had some, too. Remember how I said I'd tell you more about the new cake recipe once I'd had a chance to work with it and taste it? Yeah. It's pretty awesome. Moist, delicious, and carves like a dream. I think I'll be making this one again. But no project can ever seem to go off without a hitch, and I was realizing as I checked my reference photo that I had forgotten an important component. I was going to need black fondant for the tires and underside of the van. So, after getting the cake stacked, carved, and iced, I was off to the store for black fondant (and the big fondant rolling pin I couldn't get yesterday because the other Wal-Mart was out of stock), and a mat that I didn't intend to buy but decided I needed. I didn't end up regretting that $9 spent, either, let me tell you.
When I got back, it was time to add the main layers of fondant, black first, then blue. The blue tore just a bit on one corner, but by the time I was finished, you couldn't really tell.
|The offending tear is on the other side. :)|
Probably the hardest, most time-consuming part of the entire process was getting the text on the sides. I carved it freehand, but it also had to be done backwards because of the way I was putting stuff on the sides of the cake. Simply lifting the fondant was causing it to stretch out of shape, so I devised a system of using parchment to lift it up, then peeling it carefully off the parchment--but that meant everything had to be backwards! I was so thrilled with how it turned out, though!
And now it was just time for the details. Flowers, tires (including spare) made of fondant-covered Oreos, hubcaps, bumpers, headlights, and gum paste luggage rack, license plate (J05-E16 for their ages), and door handles.
Ta-da! One Mystery Machine. This is, without a doubt, the most complicated cake I've ever undertaken, but these guys make it all worthwhile. . .