My son was having a Batman birthday and of course wanted a Batmoile cake. My fingers are not very artistic so I needed something really simple.
I made two mud cakes in Lammington tins (purely for size reasons). Mud works best as it does not crumble so much when carving. I used 'You'll Love Coles' (for the Aussies) Mud cake mix preparing one caramel for each tin and swirling 1/2 a chocolate batch in each one (YUM!)
After they were baked and cooled I just did my best to carve out a shape that resembled different Batmobile pictures I looked a on the net. I used the scraps from carving down a bonnet to build up the passenger dome and wings.
Next I covered the whole thing in butter icing (I used the caramel mix that came with the cake mixes) then rolled a big sheet of black plastic icing out flat and draped it over the cake, pressing it down and smoothing it over my Batmobile shape.
All of the details were added with butter icing, the numberplate and wheels were made from left over plastic icing and the windscreen was made from almond icing with blue dye added and then I kneaded in some of the black plastic icing to get it dark enough.
To finish the look I added M&Ms for lights and drew 'BATTOM' on the numberplate in butter icing for my little Tom.
Everyone loved the look of the cake, especially my little man and it tasted as good as it looked.
Advice: Black plastic icing = Black teeth, but not for too long. Also, take some extra M&Ms as these were the popular bits of cake to ask for.
This Gotham city cake was made using 6 6in cakes, stacked, then supported by wooden rods.
Buildings were constructed using gum paste, first dyed, then rolled, then cut free hand. Each building was individually painted using gel food coloring , and detail was piped on each window.
Highlight affects, as well as overlapping buildings were also constructed out of gum paste. Buildings rested for 48 hours to make sure the the gumpaste was completely dry. The buildings themselves took about 5 hours to make. Patients is a must!
The cake itself was first frosted, then covered in gray dyed fondant. I constructed the Gotham city scene by layering gum paste and fondant, starting at the top and moving my way to the bottom. Attaching each piece by brushing on a small amount of water to the back.
The top of the cake made to look like the dirty pavement. I cut black dyed fondant to make the street, and gray dyed fondant to form the sidewalks.
***The Batman and Catwoman figures on top of the cake were the only non edible items on the whole cake***
The side Batman logo was rolled and cut white gum paste, which was hand painted using gel food coloring.
Overall construction of the Gotham City cake approximetly 15 hours start to finish.