My daughter was turning eight. All she wanted was to go see a dolphin show at the zoo, she wants to train them someday she says. Two weeks before her birthday she decides she doesn’t want ot see a show she would like small party instead. –Sigh–
To make this cake I used a two 9inch rounds and the Wilton Princess doll mold. I love this mold because you can just stick a Barbie doll or any kind of doll in it and then while you customize the dress – the head and hair and finished. With three girls I have used this mold 6 times already.
Using a simple white cake recipe I should have just frosted it and “let it go”.
But alas – I wanted something bigger. Something cooler. Secretly wanting the cake to be so cool that these little eight year olds would wish their moms cakes could be so cool. But also on a more practical matter – wishing to go bed before midnight.
Decorating her was pretty easy – blue frosting – Wilton tips for the snowflakes and done.
“Mom make sure you make her ice castle too!” Says almost eight year old running up to bed – – Drat. the castle.
So – – online I Google ice castle and up popped this recipe for Rock Candy. (Author: Rachel recipe from AllRecipes)
- 3¾ cups white sugar (must be white granulated sugar)
- 1½ cups light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon, or other flavored
- extract-( make sure that you use a non colored extract or it will tint the finished product)
- blue food coloring (I used about 10 drops of McCormick food coloring)
- In a medium saucepan, stir together the white sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil. Without stirring, heat to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads.
- Remove from heat and stir in flavored extract and food coloring, if desired. Pour onto a greased cookie sheet. Let cool, and break into large pieces that resemble broken ice. Store in an airtight container.
Do you know how long it take to heat something on your stovetop till it heats to 310’? A VERY LONG TIME.
But, if you can stand the heat – – the result is awesome.
And guess the best part? Slamming a hammer into it to make the jagged ice pieces. Who knew cake decorating could be such fun?
I did forget flavoring. Yes, flavoring is important.
11:30pm done. Bed. 7:00 Good Morning.
Squealling – ohhs and awhhhs – and ‘Mom this is so awesome!”
Party time – “More squeeling!”
The girls were all outside running around through the sprinklers and staying cool. It was a hot 92′ – I set the cake on our outside table and went in to get the icecream.
The cake was delicious, it did melt. A lot. The ice melted into sticky tasteless blobs all over poor Elsa.
The bottom line: The girls loved it – it tasted great – and hopefully Im done with Frozen for awhile.. Doubt it.