Monday, February 13, 2012

Skateboard Cake - Part 3 (painting)

 I have to tell you, this is my favorite part.  I enjoy the entire cake building process, but this is where it all comes together for me.  The vision in my head finally comes to life!  In case you've missed it, here's where you can find part 1 and part 2.

I haven't yet told you about the wheels for this skateboard.  I actually made these in advance.  You'll need  a circle of styrofoam that is approximately 2" in diameter and 1/2" thick for each wheel.  I cut them out of a large block of styrofoam with a serrated knife.  In order to mimic the skateboard wheel shape I rolled the fondant out with a dome in the middle.

Place the rolled out fondant on the styrofoam (dome is right there on top)and cover as you would a small cake.  Wrap the excess around to the back of the styrofoam wheel.
Indent the center of the wheel with a round object.  I used my small rolling pin.

Let the wheels dry thoroughly.
Now on to the painting.  Let me first tell you about my dragon template.  I found it here, at MarthaStewart.com.  For this application, I used the standard size.
Using a paint mixture of vodka and cocoa powder, I traced around the template pieces.  I made a slight modification to the eye. 
Next came the dragon's smoke.  I thought about this part a lot before I actually put a paint brush to it.  I decided to hide the birthday boy's name in the smoke so it took a little planning.  Once you know that the name is there it's pretty easy to find.  Can you find it?  My husband didn't see it until I pointed it out.

To finished up the dragon by filling in with some green "paint" and black outlines.
The final touch for the smoke was some gray highlights.  Once the painting was complete, I set the cake up on some shortening containers and added the wheels.  I just pressed the wheels onto the sharpened wooden dowel axles.  I also formed some small nuts out of fondant, painted them black, and added them to the center of each wheel.
Before I let you go I'd like to address a common question.  I've been asked many times if it is safe to use vodka paint on a child's birthday cake.  The answer is yes.  Vodka evaporates very quickly because of it's high alcohol content, which is the very reason it makes a great paint on fondant.  It evaporates before it can dissolve the fondant, leaving only the food color behind.  By the time the cake is cut and sitting on the child's plate, the vodka has been long evaporated.

In a future post, I will discuss the vodka painting technique in more detail.  In the mean time, feel free to ask any questions you may have via email, facebook, or the comments below.  I always love to hear from you.

Frostine