For my daughter's 5th birthday, she chose to have a poodle themed party. It evolved into Oodles of Noodles and Poodles, which led us to the Homemade Oodles of Noodles and Poodles Cake. My daughter actually made the suggestion of having a giant bowl of spaghetti on the cake. So it was designed...
I began by modeling some poodles out of a mixture of fondant and gumpaste. I did very basic body structure then used my garlic press to make the fur and a toothpick to transfer rows of it onto the poodles. These sat for several weeks to dry. I began working on the bowl and plate so that they would also have time to harden. I picked a plate and bowl in our kitchen, coated them with plastic wrap and sprinkled with corn starch. I rolled out sheets of the fondant mixture and used coils to make the edges appealing.
Next, I created a cake board, out of foam core and strips of fondant to cover the surface. I mixed some vodka with few browns and started painting the food coloring onto the new floor until I achieved a desired darkness. I made a basic stacked cake, three tiers, 12" rounds. I think it was chocolate with oreo cookie buttercream.
I started to decorate the bottom cake by rolling out a HUGE piece of white fondant and attach pink squares to it to make a tablecloth like pattern. It was extremely difficult to actually drape that onto the cake without losing squares, but I managed with the help of my husband. The spaghetti was just lightly colored buttercream which I squirted out of a pastry bag with a small round tip. The "meatballs" were actually small, chocolate covered caramel balls, which is beat up a little so that they would be perfectly round, and would have some texture. I melted some seedless raspberry jam and mixed it with the balls to make the sauce.
I was actually surprised at how well it worked. The last touch was a little placard that read Menu and Happy Birthday. My daughter LOVED her cake and it's definitely been one of my favorites to do.
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