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The "Real Sponge Bob"
Jane Walsh, North Charleston, NC)
My 5 year old son and I are big SpongeBob fans and
decided to make a "Real Spongebob" cake for his 5th
birthday. The image used to create the cake is the
classic open mouth smiling image of SpongeBob. I used a
15"x11" pan to bake a single layer cake. It took 2 boxes
of cake mix; baked at 350' for about 40 min. Bake and
ice the cake a day in advance since it takes time to
make. Let the cake cool then flip onto a large cookie
sheet covered in tin foil. It took a total 3 cans
of icing [1 chocolate for the brown pants; 2 white icing
cans, (1/2 can for shirt, socks, teeth and eyes, and 1
1/2 mixed with yellow food coloring for arms,legs and
head)]. The details used a total of 3 tubes of icing
with a narrow tip. 1 black icing for outlines,
eyelashes, shoes, belt, and mouth. 1 red tube for tie,
tongue and cheeks w/ freckles.
Start by covering the top section of the cake with
tin foil to keep the cake clean while icing Spongebob's
brown pants. The edge of the tin foil gave a nice clean
line to the top of the pants when removed. You will have
to create a tin foil tie to lay on the cake to protect
the tie section from the brown icing in the pants and
the white icing in the shirt area. Next, carefully ice
the shirt section w/ white icing using tin foil to
protect face section of the cake. Lift off the tin foil
tie with a toothpick. The face was the trickiest part.
You will need to cut out circles for the eyes and a
mouth shape to protect these areas while icing w/
yellow. Cut the plastic lids of the icing to size for
the eyes. Make sure you cut out curves for the cheeks
and nose that over lap the eyes. To make the mouth,
shape a flat layer of tin foil into a mouth. Place the
eyes and mouth patterns onto the cake while you lay on
the yellow icing. Once the yellow icing is smooth
and neat, lift the mouth and eyes with a tooth pick.
Next, ice the eyes in but now use smaller tin foil
circles to protect the iris and pupil area from the
white icing. Lift with toothpick when done. Pipe the
iris with the blue tube of icing w/ narrow tip. Use the
black tube of icing to pipe in the center pupils and
outline each blue iris in black. "TIP" -- use a clean
damp finger tip to gently and carefully smooth down the
To finish the mouth, place tin foil shaped into a tongue
and two rectangular teeth onto cake then pipe black
icing in open mouth. Remove tin foil w/ toothpicks.
Fill teeth with white icing and tongue with red.
Outline the mouth with smile creases, tongue and teeth
with black icing. Pipe red icing into the tie section
then outline with black icing. Pipe rosey cheeks and
freckles with red icing and also a red wiggly line for a
chin under the mouth. In black, pipe V-shaped collar
tips onto the shirt. Remember to smooth down the piped
details with a damp finger tip. The arms and legs are
made from stiff cardboard. Cut out and cover in tinfoil
then ice like the cake. White for the socks, yellow for
the legs and black for the shoes. The black, blue and
red stripes on the socks are made by dipping a toothpick
into the colored tubes of icing and gently pressing
colors onto the socks. Set aside in a cool oven to dry.
After the hands dry, press the edge of knife into yellow
icing to make fingers. Make sure you make the points
where the body parts attach to the cake at least 2 1/2
inches longer to press into the cake.
Store cake in cooled oven overnight. To make sponge
holes, wait until the following morning and with a
clean thumb, lightly stained with black icing, press
thumb into the yellow icing. Since the icing has dried
over night, it won't stick to your finger and makes a
nice indention for the sponge effect.
"There's Nothing Like a Good Book"
Suzy Hime (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK)
made these 2 cakes on a similar theme. The first was
for my husband's mother's 90th Birthday. I made it like
diary to represent her activities in the week of her
birthday. The effect of pages was made by laying a
separate rolled out piece of sugar paste on top of the
already covered cake, having used a ruler pressed into
the icing round the edges to make page edges. I then
used edible gold powder (mixed to a "paint" with
gin!--itís clear!) to brush on to the edge of the
"pages". The pen is made from 2 colours of sugar paste
icing partially molded together to give a marbled
effect. I painted the pen clip with the same gold
"paint". The cover of the diary is a piece of rolled
sugar paste. The other book cake was for our school
40th re-union, made in similar fashion, and intended to
mimic the hand-written song books we had to make. The
writing was done with a writing icing pen.
First Birthday (& more)
Kim Weir "With Sugar On Top" (Hurlock, MD)
I am a mother of three
and a home baker trying to start a small cake & pastry
business. This (bottom, lower left) is a cake I
made for my daughters first birthday. She loves Elmo and
we just had a pool installed so we made the theme of
Elmo goes to the beach
"Lititz Chocolate Walk"
Kathy Blankenbiller, (Lititz, PA)
The items you see were made
for our annual "Lititz Chocolate Walk," which is held each
October. During this event, chocolatier (professional and
amateur--that's me) put up displays to show the public what we
can do with chocolate! It's a wonderful, yummy event that brings
a couple of thousand people to this tiny, historical town just
minutes from Lancaster, Pa. Anyway, it is not a competition,
just a day to brag, I suppose. So, I decided to show you just a
few of the items I displayed. Candy making is a hobby, not a
profession for me.
Here are some details on the photos:
"Chocolate-Candy Angel" photo
(lower right), you'll see a happy little angel
made of chocolate candy clay. Her wings are made of gel paper
dusted with luster dust. She is holding a bunch of Wilbur Buds
as Lititz is home to the Wilbur Chocolate Company. In the
"Chocolate tiles" photo
(lower left), you'll see a huge "quilt" I made out of
individual chocolate tiles. All the artwork on it is freehand
and done in chocolate. Note that in the middle is the Lititz
Chocolate Walk symbol. In the
"Fairytale segment of Chocolate Walk 05" photo
(upper left), you'll see a
white chocolate-tinted-pink "Cinderella" shoe bedazzled by sugar
pearls, on a chocolate cake-covered-with-candy clay "pillow."
Below that you'll see the storybook chocolate cake, completely
edible, and then finally, as we all know, you have to kiss a few
frogs before you find your prince, but this frog, made freehand
by using chocolate candy clay, gives a general hint by wearing
his golden crown (white chocolate tinted yellow and dusted with
gold luster dust). In the
"Chocolate Christmas Trees and Sleigh" photo
(upper right), all the trees are
solid chocolate, with a sleigh created from dark chocolate,
filled with homemade candies. The gifts nestled in the royal
icing snow are also all filled chocolate candies.
Hope you like these shots; I received a lot of "oohs" and "ahhs!"
"S. S. Just Married"
Holly Bass, (Leesburg, FL)
Hi! It's Holly Bass from Leesburg, Florida again. I
would like to submit the "S.S. Just Married" cruise ship
cake for your creativecontributor corner. This was a very fun wedding shower
cake that I did. The bride and groom were heading out on
a cruise for their honeymoon. The "portholes" are M&M's,
the "life preservers" are Life Savers with a little red
food coloring for the stripes, and the ship is docked
with some tan colored yarn tied to some wooden spools.
I hope you enjoy my latest contribution. I had a great
time making it, and it made for a great centerpiece at
the cruise themed shower. Thanks!
Editor's note: You can see Holly's previous contribution