Well, you had to have known there was a party and a cake in my future after Friday’s post.
The G Man is all about two things these days – Legos and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, naturally, he had a Ninja Turtle birthday party. Meema and Papa got him some TMNT Legos, as well as a couple of Lego Movie t-shirts because I haven’t had that damn Everything Is Awesome! song stuck in my head nearly often enough.
At any rate, a Ninja Turtle cake was my challenge for the party.
It was the first time I had covered a cake in ganache instead of buttercream underneath the fondant and I immediately recognized the advantages – especially because I ran out of ganache and ended up covering the “sewer pipe” topper (which was made from rice krispie treasts) in the classic chocolate buttercream that I used for the cupcakes beneath the fondant. Which was a mistake, because by the time we got the party and I set it all up, it looked as if it were, well, melting.
In hindsight, I also should have made the “weapons” from gum paste, which would have dried into stiffer shapes. I also discovered that the new Wilton Decorator Preferred fondant is a nightmare to work with, and wish I’d covered the cake with the homemade marshmallow fondant that I used for the sewer pipe and other decorations.
Ah, well, live and learn. Besides, The G Man and his friends were very impressed with it, and that was the point, right?
I was particularly pleased with the pizza slices for the cupcakes (because if you know anything about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you know their favorite food is pizza). I just took circle of white fondant and airbrushed them orange and brown, then covered them with a slightly smaller circle of fondant that was a mixture of red, orange and brown fondant (because pizza sauce isn’t a bright, primary red), and cut them into wedges. Then I drizzled them with a white confectionery glaze that I’d colored yellow and left them to dry overnight.
Bingo – cheese pizza.
I was also very, very happy with how the Ninja Turtles themselves came out. They were sculpted from Wilton classic fondant because 1) it holds up well to molding and 2) no one was going to eat them (the stuff tastes pretty gross).
All in all, not a bad endeavor. I learned a lot in the process and the cake was a hit with the party goers, especially the Birthday Boy – which is really all that matters.