Onto the cake! – This was the hardest cake I’ve ever made!!! – and the FUNNEST! It felt like at every curve, something went wrong!! It was weird! I guess it was good because I got a serious dose of humble pie on this one! It all started with using yuuuummmy oreo cookie butter cream! I should have kept it in the fridge on and off while I was working on it because the more I worked, the softer the buttercream got and it started to bulge…lesson learned. I’m making sure that won’t happen again!!! So, fortunately there were lots of decorations to hide some of it…but especially the blue layer got the worst of it!!
Then, another lesson learned…never cover a cake with fondant that hasn’t been kneaded for a while. I only kneaded the white fondant a little while and it was still pretty firm but I thought, oh this will be great, it’ll give me a firm layer and a nice shape – WRONG! It cracked and tore like crazy! So, that was the issue with the white layer. Now, the blue tier had issues too…lesson learned here too! I had to knead the blue color into it for what felt like hours!! I honestly was sweating – it was dripping down my back after 30 min. of adding color, kneading, adding more powdered sugar, kneading, adding crisco, kneading! I totally got my work out in – and so yes, I’ll have another bite of cake! That wasn’t the problem though…that was to be expected when trying to achieve that royal blue color…the problem began when I didn’t let the fondant rest…I put it straight on the cake…bad idea. Again, lots of tearing and elephant skin!! It’s crazy how many lessons I learn on new cakes/techniques!! But, it’s good…my next one will be 100 times better – hopefully! Don’t get me wrong, I loved how this turned out (decoration wise), it’s soo fun! – just not technically – technically it was a mess! But I’m sure on future cakes, you won’t see these same mistakes…lessons learned for sure on this one!
A few more pics:
Everything was edible except the cars and the chain on the chomper dude. I loved the bananas and how the chomper guy came out! The little items were fun to make. The mushroom base was rice crispy cereal/marshmallows and the top was chocolate cake with ganache filling/coating. So fun!!