This Purim Basket Cake was made for the Holiday of Purim. It is customary to send gift baskets to friends on Purim, so I put the concept into a cake.
The cake itself is a double layered chocolate cake. I didn't level the top layer so I could use the height to be able to give the items that were to be placed on the cake a height advantage in the middle.
The layers are covered with chocolate ganache (you can add Kahlua to it for an added flavor. The cake is a chocolate cake made from scratch.
I made items for the basket from fondant. Each item was colored with Wilton color jell, and molded by hand. Small details were painted on either with a brush or a toothpick. Toothpicks were placed in each item to be able to anchor them in place. Each item was laid out to dry on a sheet of baking paper. I made 2 apples, 2 pears, 2 hamentashen, 1 bottle of wine /champagne, 2 chocolate bars, one mask, and one gragger.
The cake itself is covered with a basket weave using the Wilton tip. The top of the cake has a rope design around the circumference, and a leaf tip on the top to imitate Easter grass.
I assembled the cake and put the items into place starting with the center of the cake and moving outward.
The gragger was too top heavy so I anchored it with 2 short candy sticks. To hide the sticks I piped a clown and put a plastic head to top it off.
I really wanted to make a cool cake for New Year's. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do. Then I came up with the idea of making a cake of the ball dropping.
I made 1 square cake and 1 round cake. I split the square cake into quarters and stacked them together. I frosted all the cake with some homemade butter cream frosting and I used rice krispie treats to make the ball and I used a skewer and a wooden spoon to hold up the ball.
Then I covered the whole cake in marshmallow fondant I made. I had to look up pictures of the ball because I wasn't sure exactly what it looked like. So I made a bunch of colored triangles and put them on the ball. It didn't come out like I wanted it to because I wasn't able to make all the triangles the same size.
I then piped on the Happy New Year's 2012 with frosting and the swirls too. This New Year's cake came out a lot better than I thought it would, being that it was only my 3rd cake using fondant, but I think I'm getting better at it.
The bottom tier of the 2012 New Year's cake is a 2 layer 12 inch square cinnamon cake with cream cheese icing in between the layers, covered with butter cream icing. The top tier is a 3 layer 8 inch square chocolate cake with chocolate icing in between the layers, covered with chocolate icing that is tinted black.
I had a hard time finding exactly what I wanted in order to make the fireworks for the cake, so I decided to make them. I went to Wal Mart in the arts and crafts section, and found what I needed to make my own little fireworks…and was very happy with how they turned out. The numbers are made out of white chocolate, and I used edible silver spray paint to give them the silver, shimmery look.
I combined a little bit of the black icing with the white icing to make the gray, and decorated with that color. In my head, the colors for New Year’s are black, white and silver…not sure why, but that’s just what popped in my head when brainstorming a theme for this cake. I can’t wait to cut into this big guy!