Anglerfish Cake

Anglerfish Cake

 

I MADE THIS CAKE WHILE COURTNEY WAS IN THE NICU TO TAKE MY MIND OF OF THINGS. IT WAS FOR HER PAWPAW’S BIRTHDAY. I TRY TO MAKE AN UNDERWATER THEMED CAKE EVERY YEAR BECAUSE HE LOVES FISHING ON THE OCEAN. Also: Glow in the Dark - HELLO!!! Had to be made one way or another.

Anglerfish Cake, Photo 1

Anglerfish Cake, Photo 1

Anglerfish cake, Photo 2

Anglerfish cake, Photo 2

I’M NOT SURE WHY I DIDN’T COVER THE TIN FOIL IN FONDANT. MAYBE I RAN OUT OF INGREDIENTS OR TIME?

The eyes were made with lollipops and really made the scary aspect of the cake “pop.”

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I used rice krispies for the body which only held for a short time. I think nowadays I don’t add butter and grind up at least half of the cereal to help keep the sculpture together.

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The glow in the dark effect was achieved by putting an ounce of tonic water in a glass and setting it aside. The rest I boiled down until there was about a cup’s worth left in order to condense the quinine in it which is what creates the cool effect under UV lights. I painted the inside of a box black and placed the cake inside. I cut an opening at the top to place the UV light in and secured with some tape. Once my cake was sculpted and covered in fondant (“glued” on with buttercream) I painted the reduced tonic water onto it.

Oh - that ounce of tonic water I set aside? that was for the gin and tonic. Cook’s treat! *wink

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The scales were created by pressing the bigger part of a icing tip into the “skin” to create indents. The inside of the mouth was painted with black food coloring.

  • Allegra Khan, burbleandblater.com

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