Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lorax Cake - I Speak for the Trees

"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees."
Did any of you go see the movie yet?  What did you think?  Dr. Seuss characters are always so imaginative.  Who wouldn't want to make one in cake?
The Lorax is shaped sort of like a large kidney bean. Here it is, frosted in Lorax orange, just waiting to be textured.


The cake is constructed with a total of 4, 6" rounds layers and 1, half-ball layer.  This picture shows the internal support structure.  After stacking the first 3 layers, I added 5 supports and a separator cardboard.  I also drove a long sharpened dowel all the way down from the top to the base.
Ok, at this point, he looks a little scary.  I smoothed out the frosting with the viva towel, and added a hand formed fondant nose.  I scraped an eye socket out with a spatula.  Place a fondant eye in each socket.
Yes, still scary!  Pipe some eye lids and a lower lip.  Then, smooth the new additions with a viva towel.
He's starting to look a little better.  I hand painted the eyes with food color paint.  I also added his fondant legs and textured his whole body with a large brush.
We're almost there.  Now he has arms.
Lastly, I piped on the most important feature.  The Lorax is nothing without his bushy eyebrows and mustache.

Happy cake making!


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10 comments:

  1. It's fabulous. You amaze me!

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  2. I just love this cake! I included this site to my Lorax Party Ideas site. Hope you don't mind =)

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  3. Mind?! I'm thrilled to be included! Thank you.

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  4. Is there such a color as Lorax orange and what is a viva towel? Also how did you attach the nose, mouth and arms and legs to the cake?

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    1. There isn't a color called lorax orange that I'm aware of. I just used regular food colors to make a color that looked like lorax orange. Viva towels are a paper towel sold here in the states. It has no texture pattern on it and it works great for smoothing crusting buttercream. The arms, nose, mouth, and legs are all attached with buttercream. Hope that helps!

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  5. I have been asked to make this cake this coming weekend but I am a little worried that the fondant parts will be too heavy and fall off. I have only attached fondant to fondant covered cakes.Is there a special trick to making them stay put on the icing?

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    1. For this cake I just used some buttercream to attach everything. You can also attach everything with royal which is a little stronger. The most fragile pieces are his arms and mustache. If I made this cake again, I would carve the cake with more of a bulge for his stomach. That would give a "shelf" for his arms to rest on and then his mustache could rest on his arms. It would be more gravity friendly that way. If you are moving the cake in a vehicle, I would put the mustache on on-site.

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  6. Omg I love him he's so stinky cute! You did an AMAZZZZZING JOB!!!!!

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