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Sunday, May 16, 2010
How I made a camouflage cake, inside and out!
First came the request for a camouflage cake for a young boy who loves the outdoors, only one requirement...no fondant. Next came the internet search and of course, a search on Cake Central where I get most of my inspirations! There were many great design ideas and then I decided to take it to the next level and make the cake itself camouflage!
First, I mixed a white cake mix (dyed green), a chocolate cake mix and a yellow cake mix, separately. After preparing my pans I spooned a little of each batter in random spots until I had the proper amount of batter in each pan. I did not swirl the batters. I then baked and cooled the cakes as usual.
Here is a photo of the inside of the cake as I split to fill with chocolate frosting.
Pretty cool, huh?
Next I crumb coated each cake and stacked. This is a 4" high 6" round cake stacked off center on a 2" high 10" round cake off center. The only reason I crumb coated was to "seal in" the chocolate crumbs. I don't really think this step is necessary, the camo design will cover the entire surface.
Next step was to mix the buttercream colors. I chose buttercup yellow with a little brown, moss green, and plain vanilla and chocolate buttercream. Now I know these are not technically camo colors but I didn't want the cake to be all drab colors. I filled my piping bags and started piping randoms blobs and lines all over the cake.
The cake went into the refrigerator to firm up and crust. After about 20 minutes I removed the cake and started to roll the surface with a 4" high density foam roller, the Melvira method. I couldn't beleive my eyes, it was actually working! (You can see on the bottom tier where I started rolling before I remembered I needed to take a photo.) I continued to smooth out the surface and added a few plastic figures.
The finished cake...
Happy Birthday Carter!
Here is a photo of the inside of the cake after cutting...
I can see using this for different occasions, for example, school colors and holiday colors. The design pretty much stayed in place as I rolled the surface so this may even work for something like stripes in buttercream. Hmmm, I'll have to try that.