So I went for it.
Little old me, who has only worked with fondant 2 other times...
Who didn't even know how to make modeling chocolate*...
Who only puts a knife to cake to cut a slice...
Created the cutest little Where The Wild Things Are cake.
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The legs are fondant. I mixed a little food color gel with vodka to pant his pants and shirt.
We (oh did I not mention that I took a class to learn how to make this?) were told to use modeling chocolate for the arms because fondant is just too heavy. I also used modeling chocolate for the teeth and nails (I LOVE the nails).
The hair is black royal icing.
The OH SO TALENTED Chef Janet Ben-Ami of Hey!Cookie taught lucky members of The New York Cake Decorator's Meetup group how to make this masterpiece. This group ranges from cake novices like myself to professional cake decorators. The thought of being in a class way over my experience level was intimidating. But I'm so glad I did it. First of all, Chef Janet is the greatest. Janet was the best teacher. You can tell she loves what she does and she was so encouraging throughout the entire process.
The class was 4 hours and well, let's just say I didn't get very far in class. If I would have been on the Food Network Challenge, Kerry Vincent would have shook her head and said, "You really need to work on your time management skills. We would have loved to judge your piece, but well, its just pound cake with buttercream."
But I learned enough to have the confidence to finish the project at home. And by finish, I mean - color the fondant, roll it out, add the arms, legs, teeth and nails.
He is so cute, no one would cut him. I think my family was a little turned off to learn there is a PVC pipe acting as his spine (I totally cleaned the pipe before adding cake which isn't even touching the pipe.)
So we took my Aunt Melva's famous pound cake out of the freezer, added some of my leftover buttercream, and ate it while we looked at my Wild Thing. I love him - he's like a little kitchen gnome.
What have you been afraid to try in the kitchen but are so glad you did? Are you going to see the Where The Wild Things Are movie?
* So easy -- For white modeling chocolate, just melt 14 oz of the Wilton white candy chips and then add 1/4 cup of Light Corn Oil. Mix but don't over mix. Lay on a heavily parchment papered cookie sheet for an hour or two. A lot of oil will ooze out during this time, don't worry. Once "dry", wrap tightly with saran wrap.