Thursday, July 21, 2011
As I planned out the cake, deciding I would make the cake look like three stacked tires with a bike on top, we determined we were going to build an edible motocross bike. This is insanity! My husband is an engineer, and does very well with crunching numbers. We bought a toy bike similar to the one we made and he used that to base all of the numbers. He created a template for each piece. We then cut out/shaped each piece individually. Note: It is crucial that you make pieces exact in order that they all fit together properly. Ours were close enough that we were able to make it work. We were using mostly edible glue to put everything together. It wasn't drying fast enough and some items were to heavy to be held up till dry. This is where I truly fell in love with royal icing. It all came together (eventually). We used edible markers for the details. It was for a 29th birthday, so we put that number on the bike.
I believe this was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Chocolate frosting base is a must for black frosting. Much easier to go from brown to black than white to black. Three 10" cakes were stacked a little off center and carved to have a rounded look on the exterior. Then I frosted the tires and came back with a basket weave tip (using the smooth side out) to add the treads. I saved some of the chocolate frosting as is for mud around the base and the top, added some crushed graham crackers for gravel. Finally, the grass. I bought the grass tip specifically for this cake. Very much enjoyed using it.
I was very thankful to get this one out the door and to its destination. I don't think I will ever make an edible motocross bike again. But, one should never say never.