Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Reeses Cake

 My daughter turned 22, she is on the right and my son's girlfriend turned 18, a day apart....which means...make a big cake!

 I have seen this idea on a couple cake blogs like Cakewalk, that do it well. Since I am VERY new to anything other than icing out of a store bought can....mine, well it tasted good and passed for looks but it definitely had some issues. So here is how you make it and avoid some of the dumb mistakes I did.
 First for this cake I used Chocolate cake, Chocolate fudge icing...click HERE for those recipes.
I made two batches and baked 2 -  9X 13 and 2 -  6 in round cakes.
Make a double batch of fondant, recipe HERE. Dye 2/3 brown, 1/3 yellow of one batch and the other batch dye orange. Use Wilton cake decorating coloring and for the brown you will need quite a bit.
 We scanned and enlarged the logo and cut it out of yellow fondant.

 Cake layers are filled with peanut butter, powdered sugar and enough milk to make a smooth spreading consistency.
Ice cake and let it dry a little....here is big mistake #1 and I knew better!!! my icing is too wet! I thinned it because it was too thick and went too far the other way. GRRR I was so mad because I knew better and proceeded on anyway. This just complicates how the fondant rests on the cake, if too wet it will be too soft, too dry and you may have trouble sticking to cake.

 Mistake #2 I rolled the orange too thin and too small. when you roll fondant make sure it is about 1/4 inch and even. And be prepared to waste it! Roll it too big so you can adjust and then trim. I also really could have used a second set of hands with my wet icing.....result fondant that ripped and had to be mended causing ugly looking spots and goofy surface not smooth because of the wet icing.

 well after some ugly thoughts, maybe an ugly word and a bit of a pity party....I proceeded.
Icing used to pipe on the milk chocolate and amusing 1.5 ounces, we never weighed the cake...but yeah, I am thinking it weighed a little more than that.

 Yes it tasted wonderful....yes we ate it all. Yes I ate way too much myself! Yes I would make it again....and hopefully not repeat my mistakes.

Never let fear of failure stop you from trying!

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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I think it's adorable Shannon! Good for you for trying the fondant, I haven't yet. I'm sure everyone love it:@)

La said...

How cute is that?

Pamela said...

Yum! You had me at Reeses!

ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

You did an Amazing job! Reeses is my fav!

Lisa said...

How cute!! I think you did an awesome job! I know the girls loved it :-)

Tammy@InStitches said...

My son would love this cake ! You did a great job on it.

Nancy said...

Absolutely adorable and I am so craving a piece right now! ;-)


LDH said...

Wow! What a fun cake! I think you did a great job :) It look fantastic!

Marlis said...

Wow thanks for all the tips. I love that it turned out so wel. It's really a very cool cake and I bet it tasted great. many blessings, marlis

LambAround said...

WHOA! That is probably the coolest cake I've ever seen. What a fantastic job :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a masterpiece, and a labor of love! I'm so happy you posted this yummy cake. Happy Birthday's all 'round!

The Fajdich Times said...

You did a wonderful job. Looks perfect to me:)

Mrs B said...

You did a much better job than I would have the first time out! I think it looks great!

Newly following from Foodie Friday. I'd love to have you stop by and say hello!

Happy Birthday to both the girls!

~Mrs B

Amanda-The Sweet Details said...

wow that's amazing! well done!

I host a blog hop and I'd LOVE if you came over and shared a recipe! Here's the link :) http://thesweetdetail.blogspot.com/search/label/Savory%20Sunday

Erin said...

This is so totally cool! Fantastic job!!!

Camellia Girl said...

Even with all your "mistakes"...which one cannot see...your cake turned out fantastic! I think I'm too much of a novice to attempt this yet, but I'll be keeping it in the back of my mind!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

OMG, how cute is that?!? The cake turned out fabulous!
I would love it if you shared this with my readers at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!!
xoxo from Germany,

Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts said...

How cute is this?? You did a great job! It looks wonderful! It's funny how you're always your own worst critic ;) I'd love for you to link up to my sweet treats party today! Hope to see you there :)

Betsy said...

I'm SO impressed! And boys, does it look yummy! Happy Birthday to the two, also!

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it looks so cute and yummy!

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Yummy it looks!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Shannon - This is one super cool cake. Fantastic job - it looks amazing! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Sunday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

This cake is wonderful! You did a great job.

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