It’s not all books and fiction and navel-gazing about my writing career over here, oh no! This past week was my son’s birthday, and he requested an Angry Birds cake, “With three stacks like a wedding cake, Mama.” (Clearly the child has seen me make too many of those!)
I began with some store bought rolled fondant and a few images in a Google search. These guys aren’t complicated, but the assembly takes some fiddling. (It took me about four hours–spread out over three nights–to do all the fondant characters.) I’m particularly pleased with how Lala (For the new folks, my son’s favorite plush pal is a minion pig he calls Lala.) came out.
So, for those of you asking about the particulars, this is actually two boxes of vanilla cake mix, split between three round pans, a 9″x2″, an 8″x3″, and a 6″x3″. I made one batch of vanilla Italian mousseline buttercream frosting, per the Whimsical Bakehouse ratio, which took care of the filling, the crumb coat, and the color work, but I am efficient and stingy with frosting, so I’d advise anyone trying it to go with two batches, or to make a separate filling.
The birds were a lot of fun to construct, but I have a couple of tools I find essential for fondant–without them? Maybe less fun. One: an Exacto precision knife with a fine, slanted blade. Two: artist-quality fine detail paint brushes. Three, Ateco gel food coloring (though Wilton gel coloring will do nicely) for both coloring white fondant for the non-standard (read: not pre-mixed) colors, and for painting detail onto the finished figures. Pro-tip, use confectioner’s sugar for rolling and shaping the way you’d use flour with bread dough. Keeps things from sticking, and you can use a dry paint brush to take away any excess on the surface of the figures.
With all that done in advance, and the cakes baked and frozen a week prior, it was time for frosting, assembling, and putting on the finishing touches, which for this one, were piped edges and a few more fondant models for set dressing… Et voilà!
I won’t lie, I’m really proud of this one, but the true test of my success was the huge grin on Felix’s face when he saw it all put together and ready to go.