Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Pancake Cake

Hello! How’s it going? Out here, we’ve had a bananas winter, or lack thereof. I know it’s been a lot crazier and colder out there, so, sorry for the gloating, but this post ought to help you feel a bit better. Cuz this week, we go over a really excellent winter breakfast food, pancakes!! Kaytee made this cake a few months back and recently discovered she’d documented the process, so she’s here to share it with you!

IMG_20141212_190725First we had a taller tier for this order. It really is up to you, how tall you’d like your cake to be, because realistically, you’re not going to get a 40 stack of pancakes, so a shorter tier works perfectly fine for this design.
IMG_20141212_152239I mixed up my light beige colored fondant. You’ve got to keep in mind that the base color needs to be the color of pancake batter, which doesn’t cook uniformly on the griddle.

IMG_20141212_153250Then I rolled out a little snake for each layer of pancake. I made sure to vary the thickness of the snake themselves, as well as the parts of the snakes.

IMG_20141212_181813Then I wrapped each around the cake, allowing the fondant to stick to the buttercream alone. I made sure the ends all lined up to the back of the cake.

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IMG_20141212_161827Then I rolled out a top layer to slightly fit the cake, allowing some parts to fall over the edge, as real pancakes would.

IMG_20141212_163623For the tops, I mixed gel colors in orange, ivory and brown, diluting it heavily with vodka. I dipped my brush in the mixture, placed it between the layers and turned the turntable around. The key is not to get it looking too perfect.

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IMG_20141212_165436Afterwards, I used an airbrush to color the top with the same mixture of gel colors and vodka. The airbrush allows an even texture of the color, so as not to get brush strokes on the top.

IMG_20141212_181727I then took ivory modelling chocolate and formed loose patties of “butter,” placing them on top.

IMG_20141212_182541I made a “syrup” mixture out of gel colors, corn syrup and piping gel. I tested out the consistency, so that it would drip, but not spill.

IMG_20141212_184645I then placed it in a piping bag and piped it in places, allowing it to coagulate and drip as it naturally would.

IMG_20141212_185538I finished it up by poking little holes all around the stack, imitating the little air bubbles that mark pancakes. And there you have it! Pancake cake!!

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IMG_20141212_190725See you next time!

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2 Responses to “Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Pancake Cake”

  1. Destini says:

    This is seriously awesome! My son is having a Pancakes and Pajamas party in a few weeks and I’m going to try to make this cake. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  2. Lacoya H. says:

    LOVE! So genius! You make it look so easy. :) XO

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