I made this USA Map Cake to look like a map of the USA for my map-obsessed son's 4th birthday. I found an old Wilton cake pan (circa 1982) on eBay...but if you don't have one, it would not be too hard to cut out your own USA shape with a knife.
Step 1: Bake 1 USA shaped cake (or a large rectangle to cut into a USA shape later). Be sure to grease and flour your pan generously. Bake 2 cakes on cookie sheet (watch as these cook quite quickly) with foil underneath so that you can turn them out of the pan.
Step 2: Turn out the cakes. Place the cookie sheet cakes next to each other and frost with white frosting. Frost the USA cake with white frosting.
Step 3: Dust the large flat cake with blue sugar (make by mixing blue food coloring into granulated sugar).
Step 4: Cut out a paper in the shape of the Great Lakes. Place this over the frosted USA cake in the proper spot. Dust the cake with green sugar. Pull off the Great Lakes paper, and use a spoon to fill in the lakes with blue sugar.
Step 5: Out of paper, make a Google Maps-like place marker (I put his age on mine) and put it where you live. Use frosting to mark Washing DC or other places. Write the names of the oceans, places, etc if you wish.
This cake was made for my brothers summer school history class he was teaching. We figured simple yet effective was the way to go since there was little notice.
I started out with white cake and colored a section blue and added red stripes by putting food coloring on a knife and just mixing it around. That way when the cake was cut it would have the markings of a flag. After I leveled it out I put a cutout of America that I made over the cake and made the outline.
I covered the cake in homemade buttercream ,let it dry since there were lots of turns to make, and rolled some homemade marshmallow fondant out and covered the cake. I smoothed the fondant out and made sure all the ends and little "nooks and crannies" were covered.
I took a mixture of water and food coloring and painted the flag onto the cake. Then, I cut some mini marshmallows up for the stars. We the people is yellow buttercream with a #7 tip.
My brother told me the kids loved the cake and all the other history teachers were jealous.
This map cake was pretty easy and fun. It was the most interesting shape I've done so far.
I made this Chocolate Mousse Birthday Cake for my Auntie Jee-Hee. She is from South Korea, so I decorated the cake using the South Korean flag and "happy birthday" in Korean.
I made a classic chocolate sponge cake, which I cut into three thin layers after cooling. For the filling I made a French dark chocolate mousse without cream, where high-quality dark chocolate is enriched with egg yolks and butter, and lightened with egg whites. The sponge cakes were assembled with the chocolate mousse and left in the refrigerator overnight to set.
The next day I covered the cake with marzipan, and left the marzipan to dry. I then brushed the marzipan with vodka and covered the cake with white sugarpaste. After letting the sugarpaste dry, I cut the red and blue "taegeuk" out of colored sugarpaste, which was stuck onto the white icing. I had originally planned to cut the four black trigrams out of black sugarpaste, but I ended up hand-painting it directly onto the white sugarpaste, along with the Korean and English writing.