Thursday, February 9, 2012

Skateboard Cake - Part 2 (assembly)

There are times when I build a cake over and over in my head in preparation of the real deal.  This was one of those times.  Do you do that too?  I mull them over before I fall asleep at night.  Sometimes I even dream about them.  I usually obsess like this about cakes when they are an engineering challenge.  My puzzle with this skateboard cake was getting the cake the exact size of the board with a neat and clean finish.  You see, I usually wrap my cake boards in contact paper.  I couldn't do that with this cake because I didn't want the contact paper edge to show on the underneath side, which for this cake would be visible.  I also didn't want the cake to be in direct contact with the painted board.  I was rather pleased with my solution. 
As I showed you in part 1, I only covered the very top of the cake board with the contact paper.  Then, with a little frosting as glue, I attached a large piece of parchment paper to the top.  The paper completely covered the board with extra hanging off each side.

Now it's ready for the cake!  I baked the cake in one 11" x 15" pan (my favorite!) and one 9" x 13" pan.  Using a ruler and my sharp knife, I cut the cake into strips of approximately 6 3/4".  The cake board was 7" wide so this left some room for the frosting and fondant.  Once the cake was on the board, I trimmed each end to match the curve of the board.
The crumb coat was then applied and smoothed with the viva method.
Next comes the fondant.  This might be the largest piece of fondant I've ever rolled out.  That skateboard was 31" long!  I rolled the fondant out on my silicone mat which happens to be 36" long.(yea, it's big enough!)  To apply the fondant, I flipped the mat and all, over onto the cake.  Then I pealed the mat off and smoothed the fondant onto the cake, using generous amounts of corn starch.  I carefully trimmed the fondant to the edge of the cake board with a sharp knife.
Here's where the trick with the parchment paper comes in.  All this time those long edges have been protecting the board from any frosting, fondant, or cornstarch that would make the black on the cake board look messy.  Now that the fondant is on, just take a sharp razor knife and cut the parchment right at the edge of the fondant.  Tada!  You have a neat cake and a neat board all at the same time.  All that late night pondering paid off.  That makes me happy!

Now might also be a good time to point out the pot holders under the cake board.  I placed one under each axle to keep the board from moving around and scratching my table while I was working.

The next step in hiding that edge is the banding.  I rolled out a really long strip of green fondant and cut it to 1/2"wide.  Dust both sides of the strip very well with corn starch!  Don't be shy with the corn starch here.  Believe me when I say that it is crucial!  Roll the strip up from one end to the other.
Doesn't it look like that bubble gum by the foot stuff?  As you apply this strip the the cake, you just slowly unroll it out of your hand.  I had to put this band on in two pieces.  I wasn't able to roll out a long enough piece in one shot.
After the band is applied, you can remove any cornstarch by brushing it with a little vodka.  It will remove any corn starch dust and give it a nice sheen.  This baby is ready for painting!

Looks like this had better be a three part series or this post will be WAY too long.  In part 3 I'll show you how I made the wheels and the painted design.  Hope you come back to see it!