Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rapunzel, Rapunzel...eat some cake!

Or at least that's what would get ME out of that tower asap! But maybe I'm a little biased because for me, it's always about the cake. And what fun I had making a cake for my friend Sheila whose oldest daughter was turning five!

The party theme was based on the latest Disney movie Tangled. Of course there was one thing the cake absolutely HAD to have and that was a tower. And so I set off to build a tower and make a cake that would be just as special as the birthday girl!

I always learn something new when I make a cake and this one was no exception. It was the first time I had constructed this type of tower, which I made with rice cereal treats. I really love working with this stuff. It can be shaped and molded into pretty much anything and is much sturdier than cake alone.


I used two empty Crystal Light canisters as a mold to shape the treats into the tower shape, coated it with melted candy melts to hold it all together and then covered it in homemade marshmallow fondant.  All the decorations on the cake are made from the marshmallow fondant.  I do use ready-made fondant at times (typically for darker colors), but the homemade version is simple to make, way less expensive and yummy as well (hello...marshmallows & sugar...yum!).

And in case you are wondering...yes, it is completely edible. I received a text with a picture showing that no part of the cake went to waste as the tower was being sliced and eaten (and I quote) "like salami"!

For me, adding the finishing details is always fun and the part of decorating a cake that I look forward to the most!

My friend Sheila is a talented photographer and a crafty mom who knows how to put together a great party. You can check out her blog for pictures of her fabulous Tangled party at Sheila Sierra Photography!

11 comments:

  1. You did an incredible job on this!!! My girls are turning 5 and want this cake too! Wish you lived a liitle closer! :-). I am going to attempt to make this for them......what did you use to make her hair? Is the window/scrolls made out of flattened tootsie rolls? Thanks for your help?

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    1. Thank you so much! Everything is made from fondant. Although the inside of the tower is made from cereal treats. To make the hair, I just rolled the fondant very thin into spaghetti-like strands. It takes a while, but it's not difficult! Good luck on your cake!

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  2. How did you make the imprints on the tower? Did you use a specific mat???? Also, the top of the tower is that an ice cream cone you covered? How did you make those smells pieces on the top? Please let me know, I would live to make this cake for my daughters birthday! Funny coincidence is that her name is Gaby too!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! I used a stone texture mat. You can find them at Michael's in the cake section. For the top, I used a plastic funnel as the mold for the rice krispy treats so it was solid. I connected it to the rest of the tower with a wooden dowel through the middle. By small pieces do you mean the tiles? If so, I just rolled out my fondant and cut hand cut it into the shapes and attached each one. Hope that helps. And best of luck with your cake!

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    2. Thank you so much for responding! I just noticed. Two more things, like you said, everything is edible, that means you removed the funnel and the crystal light containers before assembly right? I ask because it would be the first time I use rice treats and I'm nervous! Did you make your rice treats or where they store bought? One last question, where did you get the letters that you used for the name? Where they cutters?

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    3. The crystal light container and the funnel were only used as molds. I made my own rice krispy treats and stuffed them inside the containers while they were still warm. Once they were hardened (overnight) I removed them and then covered with fondant. The letters are made from these cutters:
      http://www.amazon.com/Upper-Alphabet-Number-Tappit-Cutters/dp/B002INR2OE
      I hope that helps :)

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  3. I love it! How did you store the tower after you made it but before you used it?

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  4. Do you have a link to your marshmallow fondant recipe you like? THANKS, beautiful cake!

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