Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Cake

If you have been to Disney at Halloween time you have most likely seen these adorable pumpkins.

My challenge is to recreate this pumpkin in cake!
I only need to make a small one so I ordered the Wilton Pumpkin Pan and the Wilton Multi-cavity pumpkin pan.
These make small pumpkins, the large pan only makes approx a 6 inch cake and the small make a cupcake size pumpkin.
I am making the ears out of rice krispie treat so they are light and won't be too heavy on the pumpkin cake.
First I molded the Rice Krispie treat in the multi cavity pan.
Once they firmed up I used a small grater to smooth the surface and covered them with orange fondant.

Insert a dowel in the bottom of each and set aside.

For the pumpkin part of the cake I made a dense chocolate cake so it would hold it's shape under the fondant.
Fill and let settle overnight. You want to eliminate the possibility of a horizontal crease running across the middle of your cake so make sure it has a stiff dam.

After it has settled I iced it by piping vertical strips and smoothing them in that direction as well.

Use your favorite method to smooth the cake. I use the Viva method and used my hands instead of a spatula.

As I smoothed the cake I could feel where the ridges should be and used my finger to press the paper towel into them.

Cover in orange fondant.

I made a template for the face and cut the features out of yellow fondant and applied with a brush of water. This is the template I used. You may have to re size it for your cake.

Add some leaves to the top and the cake board for decoration.
I made mine using a maple leaf cutter but you can use any leaf cutter you have or free hand them.

Finish the cake by inserting the pumpkin ears at an angle to the top of the cake.

Fast , fun and easy!

At the last minute I decided to make the ears out of fondant covered Styrofoam balls.
I was concerned about the weight of the rice krispie treat ears and the road vibration transporting it to the party. I didn't want them to pull the dowels they were attached to down through the sides of the cake.
I purchased 3 inch Styrofoam craft balls in the floral department.

Wet them a bit and covered them in orange fondant.
I used a wood dowel to make the pumpkin impressions. Set it in the middle of the ear and rock it up and down gently evenly around the ball.
I then used the wood dowels to insert these into the cake.
They worked great and were incredibly light.
I would use the krispie treat ears if I didn't have to transport this cake.

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