I made this anti gravity cake for my son-in-law who loves Stowford Cider. It was for his 40th birthday and I wanted something with a WOW factor.
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Designing the Barrel Cake
The cake was made from a 6 layer checkered cake using a Zenker 24cm set of 3 checkered cake tins (which I bought for £2 from a local car boot sale). The cake flavour was Chocolate and vanilla sponge which I layered together with homemade strawberry jam and alternate layers of chocolate or vanilla buttercream. Once assembled I carved the top of the barrel and shaped it to form half a barrel. I then crumb coated it with chocolate buttercream and put it in fridge for an hour to firm.
Once firm I covered the barrel with Renshaw chocolate flavoured fondant which I had rolled out with a wood textured rolling pin. I then scored lines down the barrel sides to form planks of wood. To create the metal bands that hold a barrel together I used strips of black fondant.
On top of the barrel is a metal magnetic bottle opener with Ryan and year of birth printed on it. The label on the front of barrel is my son-in-laws favourite cider so I had this printed onto rice paper.
Creating the Anti-Gravity Cider Pour
The beer glass is made of plastic. It is one that you can put in the freezer and then use to cool the drink. I bought it at a local Home Bargain store.
I had seen numerous gravity cakes online but disliked the liquid effect as people had used fondant and I felt that this looked too artificial. I experimented with various things (ie. piping gel, royal icing and melted toffee), but they all looked too heavy. Suddenly, I had a brainwave to try melting clear mints. To do that I placed them in a glass dish and microwaved them for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between each 10 seconds until they were melted.
IMPORTANT: At this point you have to work quickly, so have a piece of greaseproof paper on a tray, a clear straw with a bendy end and some Ivory colouring gel.
When the mints are completely melted, add a tiny spot of Ivory colouring gel and stir. Pour onto greaseproof paper, place the straw on top and quickly roll the straw in the liquid mix keeping the bendy end of straw free. Once straw is covered push the free end into a piece of polystyrene and using a paint brush apply the remaining mint mix to the straw, pulling the brush away to create splashes. Then, leave it to dry.
To attach the straw to the glass and can I melted some more mints and put a blob on the bottom and side of glass and attached the straw. Then I put a blob on the bendy end of straw and pushed it into the can.
To complete the look I covered the cake board with fondant and scored squares to make it look like a cellar floor.
I love this cake. To me it looks so real and everyone else thought so too. I had so many compliments which was lovely.
Coolest Anti-Gravity Beer Mug Cake
I made this anti-gravity beer mug cake for my father’s birthday and he LOVED it! It was a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache coating. The fondant was marshmallow fondant and the suds were buttercream. Everything was made from scratch and I can provide recipes if anyone is interested.
To make the cake I used a balloon stick with the plastic clip “glued” to the cake board with melted chocolate. I placed 3 pieces of floral wire in the upside down balloon stick and trimmed to length. I baked 3- 6 inch round cakes, gently sliding them over the stick one at a time once they cooled. I filled the cake with chocolate ganache one layer at a time.
Tip: Stick a piece of fondant in the opening of the stick to prevent cake bits from lodging in there.
Once the cake was in place, I covered it with tinted fondant. I used a little bit of brown and sunflower yellow to create the beer color. I cut a 1 inch strip of brown fondant to wrap around the top and bottom of the cake. I used the main “gold” color or beer color fondant and made a bunch of tear drop shapes to adhere to the balloon stick. The tear drop shapes would be the beer pouring from the can.
I bent the stick (gently) to the desired angle and glued the fondant to it using melted chocolate. I prefer chocolate candy wafers over melted chocolate chips. Start where the stick meets the cake and build up a few at a time allowing a couple minutes in between for the chocolate to set. Once you reach the top of the bend, take a clean beer can (drink the beer) and glue it to the stick with the chocolate. Arrange a few pieces of fondant around the mouth of the can to make it appear like it is pouring out. I piped swirls and star shapes out of buttercream frosting as the foam. I also piped green stars on the cake board with green buttercream frosting just for visual effect.
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Coolest Anti-Gravity Beer Cake
I made this anti-gravity beer cake because I am throwing somewhat of a surprise birthday party for my husband’s 40th birthday. The theme for the party is microbrews. The invitations went out saying, “Join us for a Hoppy Beerday.” I am going to have many types of beer chilled on ice in my row boat, a cigar table with cigars to go along with the different types of beer, a great variety of food and a hay bale circle around a wonderful fire pit.
This sent me on a search for a masculine cake idea, and I came across many with the floating beer bottle.
Making the Anti-Gravity Beer Cake
- I dont have a microwave so it took some time to melt some hard candy and shape the liquid.
- Then, I went out into my husband’s shop to build the base for the cake out of scrap wood. I figured it would be ok since I covered it in foil and then molding chocolate.
- The whole cake is chocolate except the pouring beer.
- The foam is made out of a white chocolate buttercream frosting.
I have never made such a cake before, but making these kind of beer cakes is sure was fun. I truly do know that he is going to love this cake.
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