How do you make an escalator themed-cake look appealing?! It was quite the challenge coming up with a design that was good-looking and on budget for a small family celebration.
Chocolate cake with vanilla oreo buttercream made for sweet Lauren's 11th birthday. She is just obsessed with escalators as she is from a small town! And this was her request!
I wanted Lauren to be able to keep the escalator as a gift, so I made the escalator out of gumpaste and supported it with rice krispie treats. Glued it all together with royal icing and even added the yellow safety strip at the edge of each 'step'. It's all edible should she need a sugar rush in the middle of the night!
What is this?!?! McGyver re-run ... (those of you who are old enough will understand. Oops! I just dated myself! Eh, it's just a number ...
Stair template - I figured this one out backwards too ... my mind works in mysterious ways! Let me explain ... I combed the Dollar store (my favourite store!) for something I could use to make stairs with. Could not find anything, dominoes but they were too small. I knew that I still needed stiff cardboard paper so thank goodness they had that! I gave up and went home thinking that Jeff will help me figure it out, but he wasn't home. So, I thought I'd start with the paper, measured out what I thought would make good 'stairs' and started folding. Then I thought, well this is great but I need something to support the weight of the strip of gumpaste while it dried. So I looked around the house ... cereal and granola boxes, CD cases, DVD cases, then ... Thank you Joey for your DS game cases!!! They fit perfectly! It couldn't have worked out better!!!
With that obstacle out of the way, I was able to make the escalator. I cut out a long strip of gumpaste, ran a comb down the length of it to make the 'ridges' of the escalator and then placed the strip along my 'stair' template.
I hope Lauren likes her escalator and the cake too!
OMG! Where do I start? Sunday ... 4 days ... late nights ... I'm pooped! I didn't think it would be difficult just challenging. Designing the care required lots of thought, planning, and McGyver antics (thanks to hubby).
McGyver, for the young 'uns, was a TV series about a dude that got out of sticky situations with whatever was available. So it's not like a have a car board runner maker sitting on my shelf at home, so for the car board runners, we measured it out carefully and used cans (peaches), box of granola bars, stiff paper and duct tape to fashion a drying spot for the board runners so that as it dried, it kept it's shape. Took us two hours to figure that one out!!! McGyver could get out of a jam in 20mins.
What do I know?! I'VE NEVER BUILT A CAR BEFORE!?!?!? I always dreaded getting a 'car' cake order and now I know why ... So be forewarned, the next 'car' cake customer ... ;-)