I made this gumball cake for my sons 15th birthday after we saw Duff make one on Ace of Cakes.
The cake is made from 4 Victoria sandwiches. I used a Victoria sponge recipe and added cocoa powder to give my son the chocolate cake he wanted. The cakes were sandwiched together with chocolate butter cream. The cake is covered with red fondant and also white fondant painted silver with silver lustre. The gumballs are a mixture of gum balls and fondant. The coins are silver fondant with 15 carved into them.
The closet thing I could get to the dome shape I needed was a hamster ball (brand new and clean!)which sits on top of the cake with the help of plastic dowels and a 5 inch cake board. It did not take too long to make.
It is not quite to Duff standards but my son did not want to cut it for the first couple of days as it was a 'work of art'- not bad for a 15 year old 'goth'! I took it as a compliment.
I got the idea for a Gumball Machine Cake from a friend and the recipe from a cake magazine (I forget what it was called) she had. With ideas from the internet and the cake magazine recipe, I made the cake to my liking.
I used a 9in round and a 9in square pan for the cakes. I trimmed and tapered one end of the square pan so the round cake could sit on top. I also trimmed off the rounded top to give a square look (I kept the rounded top on the round cake to give it round look). I used "fluffy" frosting but I heard buttercream is easier to work with as it's more stiff.
I used Wilton's gel colors, a wonderful product. The crank handle and gumball collector I just free-handed, and added a gold wrapped chocolate coin and a gumballs to their respective places. The gumballs I added to make it look realistic.
I had a great time making it and best of all my son loved it and so did all of his friends.
This Gumball Machine cake is an original creation I made for my son Zayden's 5th Birthday. The day he was officially allowed to start chewing gum!
I made the base of the machine from a cake baked in a 9x13 pan - trimmed to shape. I baked the bubble top cake in a Pyrex bowl. Tip: It took quite a long time to cook through - make sure center is set or it would cave in. I paced a third piece - a small 1/2 circle at the top.
I iced with regular buttercream frosting and used fondant in bright primary colours to shape little *gumballs*. I also used the fondant rolled into thin lines to outline the shape the edges and the gumball slot. I was at a loss as to what to use for the money dial but finally found a bike lock key - perfect!
This gumball machine cake was made for my son's 6th birthday. I love making creative cakes and so this one was something I had wanted to try for sometime. I purchased the glass bowl from Michael's craft store for about $5 and then built the base from various sized circle cakes, trimming and carving, then frosting and smoothing before applying homemade fondant.
The hardest part was surprisingly the top part - getting it small enough to look realistic. Everyone seemed to really love it! It is a fun and fabulous cake for any age birthday celebration!