Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Would You Care For a Spot of Tea?

Did you read that title with an english accent?  I hope so.  I wrote it with one.  This is the top of my Alice in Wonderland cake.  I'll be posting pictures of the full cake soon.  I thought I would show you the tea cup first since I have all the pictures for that ready now.  Sorry for the glare in some of the pictures.  That's what I get for working late at night with no sunshine.

Several days in advance I made the saucer, spoon, and cup handle.  I used a small saucer as a pattern and form.  Roll the fondant out nice and thin.  Cut around the saucer with a pizza cutter or sharp knife. 
Turn the saucer over and place the circle of fondant on it.  Make sure to dust the fondant very well with corn starch before placing it on the saucer to dry.  I let mine dry for three days before trying to remove it.

For the spoon, I rolled the fonant nice and thin and draped it over a small tea spoon.  Use a sharp knife to cut the fondant around the edge of the spoon.  Let the spoon dry for several days also.  Next time I will use some light gray fondant instead of white so that the end result will be more silver.

For the tea cup handle, I rolled a snake of fondant and shaped it by hand.  This piece also dried for several days.

The cake was baked in a 3" round pan.  I used two layers of cake making it aproximately 2 1/2 to 3" tall.  I carved a little to narrow the bottom.  I carved and frosted with the cake upside down.  I placed it on a cup to raise it up.  This is very important for the next step.

Cover the cake with white fondant.  With the cake raised on the plastic cup, you can trim it with excess hanging below the cake.  This will form the lip of the tea cup. 
Let this sit until the fondant is firm enough to hold it's shape before turning upright.  I let it sit for about an hour while I worked on other parts of the cake.  The cup is now ready for the "tea".  Pipe some brown frosting into the cup.  Attach the handle with a little corn syrup and you are ready for painting.

With paints made of vodka and food color, I painted a flower design on the "china".  I also painted the spoon and the edge of both the plate and tea cup with silver luster dust.  If the spoon had been formed with light gray fondant it would have looked more silver.

As a finishing touch, I added the tea bag tag.  There is a cake board under the saucer.  It is small enough to remain hidden under the raised ledge of the saucer.  So, a spot of tea, anyone?  This cake tier is ready.  I'm going to have to make more of these tea cup cakes as single serving cakes.  You could cut this in half and serve two with it or have it as a rather large single serving.  It is about the equivalent of three cupcakes.  I could eat that much cake in one serving.  How about you?