Two Frozen Birthday Cakes Connect
The Story behind this Cake
This was my daughter's birthday cake.
I have been always inspired in designs with a bridge between two cakes, because even when this is not trendy, it gives more space for sugar characters, and making a nice scene for children. So I decided to make two cakes with a bridge.
One cake is white cake with 3 layers of ganache, and the other is chocolate cake with ganache and raspberries italian buttercream. It is just a plain italian buttercream with raspberry preserve.
All characters were hand modeled in sugar paste. Sven's body was made with rice krispies, due to its big size and covered with sugar paste. For the pine trees, I covered the styrofoam cones with a wide layer of fondant and pinched it all over the surface with my fingers to make the effect of the pine. Then I used luster and petal dust to give a little of green color and royal glace for simulate the snow all over the cake and trees.
All the snow was made with royal glaze.
The frozen lake, the bridge and ices were made with Isomalt.
For isomalt shapes these are the directions:
Put the isomalt pearls in a small but deep stainless Steel pan. Add just a Little water and let it boil. When it started to boil and is all diluted, put the Candy thermometer. Let it reach 330°F and retire from heat. Wait until the isomalt reach 270°F.
In the meanwhile, cut a silk pad with the form of a round baking pan, smaller than the one you used for the cake. Also cut a stripe and put in in a cookie sheet. Have ready another baking pan, that you can use by its rounded side to give the rounded shape of the bridge.
Use a few drops of blue food color to tint the isomalt. Pour the isomalt in the round baking pan with the silk pad and tap it a lot to let the bubbles to arise and disappear. Pour another bit in the strip that you have over the cookie sheet, let it set and when it is set but not as hard as candy, place the strip over the side of the other baking pan, so it will get hard as Candy with the shape of the bridge.
For the ice just pour irregular forms of isomalt in a silk pad and let them set.
It is better to wait a few hours before use isomalt shapes.
After you cover the cakes with fondant, just place the lake over one of the cake. The ices to the fondant are glued by the side with just a little water.
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