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Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Carved Dinosaur Cake

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Hello! This week we’re showing you a super special little guy! We had an order last week of a dinosaur cake and a Hello Kitty cake for a lucky family’s two kids’ birthday parties. We had so much fun making them, and Kaytee‘s going to show you how to put the dinosaur together!

Here he is all finished up!

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A note about how this cake was made: we’ve been incredibly lucky to have Melody’s brother-in-law be such a handy man, that he’s been building us wooden supports for our sculpted cakes. So we’ve been able to up our structured cake game, exponentially! This little guy is no exception. When we make these types of cake, we cakers are required to put on our engineering hats and come up with the math required to support the cake. The last thing anyone wants is a toppling stegosaurus, after all! I won’t get into the specifics of how much cake and how long the platform, because that’s a whole class in caking school, but I’ll have you know that MacGuyvering is a skill that is of great value in the cake world.

As usual, I made some decorations before hand, such as his plates. I misplaced the photo I had taken of them, so I’ll describe them to you. I rolled out fondant in a lighter shade of green, then cut it into the plate shapes. I inserted floral wire into the base of them, so that they would dry with support in them and stay standing when I placed them in the cake.

Here’s the original support I had made.IMG_20141024_081701

I cover the legs in Rice Krispie square, flaring them out at the bottom.
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I then cover the top of the wooden support with melted white chocolate, so as to prevent any slivers or wood chips, or any physical contamination from a non-food-safe wood shop.IMG_20141024_092119I take a measurement of my support with parchment paper, cutting it out and placing it on the cake, tracing it with my knife.IMG_20141024_092625

I stack the cake on the support, carving it before filling it. IMG_20141024_093629

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When I have my desired shape, I fill the cake, damming the sides with Swiss meringue buttercream.IMG_20141024_095620 I spread a thin layer of Swiss around the whole cake, sealing in crumbs.IMG_20141024_100152

When the crumb coat has set up, I frost the entire cake in Swiss and place it in the fridge to set up, preferably overnight.IMG_20141024_142827

IMG_20141024_153508 I take the set up frosted cake out and rub it with gloves, using my body heat through my hands to melt the Swiss smoothly.

Here you’ll notice that the support beams underneath the Stego’s head and tail are missing! We decided that it would look much better without, so we had Wes come by and glue a wooden beam all the way horizontally underneath the dinosaur, thereby hiding all the structure. Looks much better, hey?

I also added Rice Krispie to the bottom of the platform to round out his little tummy.IMG_20141025_113058 I then cover the cake in a mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant, using this mixture in order to allow more working time and ability to smooth out seams.IMG_20141025_125516 I cover the legs afterwords.IMG_20141025_140426

I then take fondant, dip it in corn starch and rub it against the fondant, which allows me to smooth out uneven surfaces.MG_1015
I then cover the bottom of the cake with a lighter shade of green and insert the plates I had made beforehand.MG_1017

I cut out spots, eyes and apply them all using water.IMG_20141025_150606

Then I cover the board with crushed Oreo and graham cracker crumbs, steam the little guy, and he’s all finished!dinosaurThanks for joining and see you next time!!


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