I decided the sizes of the blocks would be 2”x 4”, 3”x 6”, 4” x 4”, and 4”x 8”. I made a few templates of the block sizes and decided what size sheet cakes to make so I could maximize the amount of blocks cut from each one. Each block was made of 2 layers of chocolate cake with raspberry filling, frosted with vanilla buttercream and covered with fondant. I attempted to cut small circles of cake and cover with fondant for the “buttons” but that didn’t work out very good, so I ended up just cutting 1” circles of fondant. It took about 3-4 hours to cut, fill, frost, and cover the 6 blocks.
Now when I was ready to stack the blocks I made a very rookie mistake, maybe because it was almost midnight by that point. The buttercream under the fondant was at room temperature (that means very soft and I added a little more than normal because the birthday girl loves frosting), when I stacked the blocks they just “squashed” the bottom cakes and were totally unstable. OK, time to take a break. The cakes went into the fridge to firm up and I sat down to watch an episode of CSI: NY.
After about 30 minutes, it came to me! Dowel rods! Duh. Luckily I had some in my big box of cake stuff. I cut them to the thickness of the cake, and because each cake was on its own cardboard base I could use the dowels to support the weight of the upper blocks. I’ll never make that mistake again! I must have been very tired, because honestly it didn’t even cross my mind :) The cake is now stacked and stored in the fridge. The small red block is hanging over the front of the cake, because of course once you add buttercream and fondant it is wider than its original measurements. Another duh. Next time I’ll have to remember to take this into account. Time for bed. I’ll add the finishing touches in the morning.
The next morning I pull out the cake. The red block that’s hanging over is bothering me. I ask Doug his opinion and of course he says I should fix it. He’s right. So I remove the red block, pull off the fondant, cut it shorter, frost the end and cover with new fondant. There now it fits perfectly! I add the Happy Birthday and some candy blocks around the base of the cake. Done!
Happy Birthday Colleen!
Did you know? – There is no plural for LEGO, LEGO should be used as an adjective not a noun.