This post, we’re discussing a carved cake of one of the best Pixar characters to date, Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.! Our cake decorator, Kasey, made this little guy, and what a great job she did! Kasey’s a big fan of carved cakes – especially when they’re characters she loves. Just the other month, she made an awesome Dragons Love Tacos carved cake! Anyway, here’s the how-to. Enjoy!
Here’s the final product:
Now let’s get started!
At Sweet & Saucy, we like to make our decorations before working on the actual cake, so as to have them be dry and movable without fear of breaking them when it comes to attaching them to the cake. For this, Kasey makes the birthday hat and present out of rice krispie squares and white chocolate, covering them in fondant afterwards. How Kasey gets the perfect square edges on the present, is she takes a metal surface and heats it up, then places the white chocolated box onto it, so that the surface evenly. For the pompom and frill of the hat, she uses extruded fondant pieces.
So the first – and some might argue, most important – thing about carved cakes, is carving your cake accurately to be a great base. Seen here, Kasey’s carving the cake layers into Mike’s shape, before filling it.
Then, she transfers the cake onto a Masonite board (for stability), and frosts it with Swiss meringue buttercream.
Next, Kasey carves out the eye and mouth area from the buttercream.
She then fills in an area for the cheeks, mouth and surrounding the eyelid with fresh buttercream, so as to allow her flexibility when the cake is fondanted. Then she covers the cake with a mixture of fondant and modeling chocolate. If you’ll recall from our previous Behind the Scenes post, modeling chocolate is useful for its flexibility and ability to hide seams. So when you’re working with odd shaped designs, mixing it with your fondant allows it more time before drying out, and better chances of hiding your seams.
The arms – pictured above – are made of the same mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant, draped over flower wire, dowel supports and rice krispie for the hands. The eye ball is white fondant. The present is attached with white chocolate and freeze spray.
Next, she paints the iris. She makes a circle of turquoise fondant, glues it onto the eyeball with water, then uses gel colors diluted with vodka. Vodka is also useful for removing painted color from fondant, simply by using a clean brush and dabbing at the unwanted spot.
Then she fills in the mouth area with black fondant, adding teeth with white fondant.
Then she covers the board with purple fondant, using shortening to adhere it to the board (some cake decorators use piping gel – Kasey prefers shortening, as it allow flexibility, whereas with piping gel, once the fondant touches it, it is stuck). Finally, the accessories and legs are added (using white chocolate and freeze spray as adhesive), the cake is steamed, and voila! Mike Wazowski, everybody!!
Thanks and see you next time!