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.
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.”
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.
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
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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