This cake is surely one of my favorites! The title of this blog is exactly the request that I was given. The customer pretty much said do whatever you want to get there. My inspiration from this primarily came out of using up the leftover gray fondant that I had made for the crawfish boil cake. It just so happened that the fondant that I had already tinted gray perfectly matched the Lego gray. From there, the design just came to me!
The cake is an 8″ chocolate cake with ganache raspberry filling and is frosted with swiss merengue ganache buttercream. Each of the gray “stones” that you see were hand cut to varying sizes. My pasta roller came in VERY handy, once again. To ensure that my lines remained straight, I started from the bottom and worked my way up to the top. Surprisingly, I was only about 1/8″ off when I finally made it to the top. It was easy enough to hide such a small difference. The top border is just fondant that I cut to meet the width and height of a real Lego. I used the #10 tip to cut out all 100+ tiny rounds for the Lego tops. Each one had to be individually attached, too. Let’s just say that I significantly underestimated how long this cake would take! It was well worth the effort, though.
The top turret is made out of rice krispie treats (RKT). I made the RKT turret as follows: 1. I first lined an empty fondant container with saran wrap. 2. While the RKT was still warm, I packed it into the container. 3. I then placed it into the freezer to set. 4. About an hour later, I tapped the fondant container, pulled on the saran wrap, and out popped the turret! I frosted the RKT and covered it with the bricks and Legos in the same way as the bottom level.
As much as I would have loved to sculpt the Lego guys, I had to concede and go with the store-bought version. My customer actually bought a Pirates of the Caribbean Lego set for the birthday boy, so she gave me the characters out of that set. It worked perfectly and was a real time saver!
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Up next: A one year old birthday cake from last Saturday.