My coworker challenged me to bake him a casket cake for his birthday. Although it may sound weird it isn’t, we work in a funeral home. Two weeks before I began work on gum paste roses, I used Wilton Ready to Use Gum Paste. I mixed red fondant into it and some Red gel coloring. I inserted the roses into a green flower foam half-ball. This was my first time working on roses.
I baked 2 8x13 cakes. After they cooled I cut them each into 4x10 rectangles and 2 layers each. I placed 2 4x10 layers stacked with buttercream in between. Then I stacked 2 4x5 layer on one end. Using the scraps left over and dowel rods I created the box part of the casket where the pillow goes. Using the other scraps I made the round of part of the casket where the legs go. I frosted a thin layer of frosting.
The next day I began rolling out the fondant. I used Ivory fondant by Bakels for the interior lining, drapes and pillow. I used Chocolate Fondant by Bakels mixed with some Ivory to give it the swirl-like pattern that wood has. I used gold candy wrappers to decorate the handles, corners and label of the casket. To make the lid I used a square piece of foam covered in fondant and attached with dowel rods. I made the small crucifix with a chocolate fondant and the corpus with gold luster.
In a whim, I made a Homemade Casino Roulette Cake for a friend's 50th birthday party. He usually gambles in Lawrenceburg, IN and I took the time to research the place and made as close to possible replicas of the casino's tokens. I made them from Sugar Paste and let them sit to dry and used watered down food coloring and a paint brush to paint them the colors they needed to be.
I even went so far as to make the little dice and a white marble on this cake to make it look as if it had been played. Now, the hard to believe part... There is NO FONDANT on this cake. NONE. Making cakes you can slice into and eat right off the plate is my goal when I make a cake... the only part that was hard was the tokens and those were obviously removed to even start to cut the cake.
I had to measure the cake out from the center out and used guidelines on what a roulette table looks like from googling it online. You wouldn't believe how many versions of this table there are out there! Needless to say, I hit it spot on and Mark was very happy with his cake.
This Casino Birthday Cake was made for a friend's husband for his birthday.
There are three tiers of cake, one 8 inch, one 6 inch, and one 4 inch. You cant really see the top layer because the casino sign is covering it, but it is there! There are 2 layers of cake on each tier. All the poker chips signs and playing cards are edible. They were made from chocolate, and I used a mini muffin pan to mold the poker chips.
The playing cards were molded with a mini loaf pan. I printed out pictures of casino signs I found on the internet. Then I took a piece of wax paper and laid it over the picture. Then I traced the outlines and words with melted chocolate.
It was time consuming but it worked out really well, it looked awesome. Everyone really loved this cake.