Daily Foglifter: The Royal Wedding cake had 900 sugar-paste flowers and the Groom’s Cake used 35 lbs. of chocolate.
So I watched the Royal Wedding. I wasn’t going to. In fact, I was going to make a point of NOT watching since I was tired of hearing about it. I’m not English, I’m not especially interested in weddings, and I’m not keen on the idea of getting up at ungodly hours to watch television. I’d made up my mind. Until I started reading a bunch of blogs and discussion forums about it. Everybody was looking forward to it. So I bowed to the peer pressure and I watched it. It was beautiful. The church, the dress, the music–all of it. I was so caught up in it that I took my kids to school almost an hour late. I had to see the kiss on the balcony, right? I’d watched the entire thing and I was going to miss that so my kids could get some learnin’? Not happening.
Despite my reluctance to watch the wedding, there was always one aspect of the whole thing I simply had to see. The cake. I could only imagine how beautiful and intricate it would be. I was not disappointed.
An added bonus! Prince William had a groom’s cake!
Coincidentally, I made a wedding cake this week. It wasn’t anything like the perfect specimen above, but it was an entirely different kind of wedding. Much more laid back and informal, as you can see by the cake.
Yes, that is a ball and chain. I love it.
Perhaps you are wondering how one would make such a super awesome cake topper. Well, you’re in luck! Here’s how!
First, you have to decide if you want a cake or a rice crispy treat sculpture. For the sake of stability, rice crispy treats are more practical. A ball cake weighs a lot more and I had to drive the cake to the venue, which was an hour away, in a car with my five kids. Definitely rice crispy treats.
Then, follow the directions on any marshmallow bag or Rice Crispy cereal to make the treats.
Then, you shape it into a ball, as tightly packed as possible.
Stick it in the refrigerator to harden, remove, and ice with buttercream icing.
The next step is to roll out black fondant. This doesn’t look very appetizing, but it is delicious! It’s dark chocolate fondant and it is heavenly.
Then, cover the rice crispy ball.
Now we have the basic ball, it’s time to do the chain links. Do this by rolling pieces of black fondant into ropes and cutting uniform pieces.
Link these pieces together, with the ends lightly brushed with water or fondant adhesive to make the fondant pieces stick together.
Add a hand-crafted fondant manacle, and there you have it!
Later this week, I get to make another cake. I’ve gotten a lot of business lately and in addition to bringing in a little extra income to feed my ravenous children, I don’t have to think of new subject matter for The Blog. Life is sweet.
“Affianced –Fitted with an ankle-ring for the ball-and-chain.” ~Ambrose Bierce from “Devil’s Dictionary.”