This faux Ice cream Sundae Cake with over sized candles was made for one of my co-workers turning 35. It is a 4-layer yellow cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream icing. I added some heat to the bottoms of the flames by spraying them with red paint. The wicks are made out of spaghetti painted black (with gel food coloring of course!).
The sundae comes complete with a maraschino cherry and whipped cream. I added a crack in the cherry and a corn syrup glaze for some extra shine. The glaze is made out of equal parts corn syrup and white rum (I was out of vodka!).
The cherry and whipped cream are made out of fondant. The candles, flames, and cherry stem are made out of modelling chocolate. I put the supports for the candles straight down into the cake board, which helps prevent the candles from falling over and keeps the weight off the cake.But, the next time I make this cake I would put the support stakes all the way through the candles. This would help them stand up perfectly straight.
All of my co-workers loved the cake! This is the first time I made Italian Meringue Buttercream. I have always made American Buttercream, which they all adore. But the Italian Meringue has now beaten it out. It was easier to work with and tasted better, a win-win!