Thursday, November 7, 2013

Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Kitty Cake

I realize I missed the cutoff for Halloween by a couple of days, but too damn bad, this cake is super cute so I am sharing it anyway.   I made it for a friend’s birthday last weekend. I have had a chance to make several birthday cakes for her, and as people go, she is pretty much the dream person to make cakes for. She always requests interesting, fun flavors and pretty much lets me do any design I want.  This year she wanted a pumpkin-themed cake that tasted like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.   Done and done.
This cake was based off this cat in the pumpkin tutorial by the Cakegirls.  I thought the idea was super cute (and it reminded me of the trick or treat buckets I used as a kid), but I ended up changing most of the details in the end to make it unique to the birthday girl. 
It cake itself was an amazing chocolate orange cake and was filled with alternating layers of orange ganache and brown sugar Swiss meringue buttercream.   As requested, it tasted just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, and it was delicious.

I would like to think this kitty is suffering from a candy hangover. 

Technical Details:
1. I veered from the Cakegirls instructions for the cake which used piped buttercream to give the pumpkin its shape and face.  I carved this cake from 6 7-inch rounds.  I placed the cake rounds on a 6- inch board since I knew I would be carving it down and then split and filled the rounds like I normally do.   Then I flipped the tall tier of cakes over and used the 6 inch round on the bottom as a guide to carve the curve into the pumpkin.  Flipped it back over and did the same thing on the top then carved the indentations in the side of the pumpkin.
2. After crumbcoating, I covered the pumpkin with fondant I colored orange. Dusted the whole pumpkin with some darker orange petal dust and the dusted the indentations with a reddish-orange dust to bring out the pumpkin‘s shape.
3. The kitty’s head was made with fondant that I stiffened up with a little tylose.  The kitten’s tail was just a thread of sausage on a 26 gauge wire that I shaped and dried ahead of time.
4. The candy was all modeled out of fondant and I gave the pieces a thin coat of confectioners glaze to give them a bit of shine.
5. The handle of the pumpkin bucket was just floral wire with the ends dipped in candy coating Normally, I try to make everything edible, but in this case I knew the wire would only be in cake for a short amount of time. 

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