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Old 08-16-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Rice crispy sculptures

I have to make a tardis (Dr. Who for those of you that don't watch the show) cake for our oldest GD's birthday in about a month. I've been looking at various cakes and it seems either it's stacked cake or rice crispy sculpture. We have to travel 150 miles with it. If I use stacked cake, I'll have to dowel it, as I'm afraid it will vibrate apart.

Most of the cakes also use fondant and/or modeling chocolate for the outside layer, whether it's cake or rice crispies. I'd rather not have to go that route but I'm also afraid of the icing sliding down that much of a vertical cake if I go stacked cake for just a tardis. If I do the rice crispy route, I'll make a smaller tardis and use a layer cake for a base and probably try to create some type of vortex looking effect for the tardis to sit on at an angle. There was 1 cake that had a really pretty marble-looking vortex effect using various colors of luster dust.

I'm hoping that there's somebody that has worked with rice crispies and can tell me how far ahead I can make that, especially if I end up having to use fondant or modeling chocolate.

Also, if you have any ideas about frosting that is a bit more stable than the regular decorating icing using shortening, margarine (or butter), 10x sugar, etc. One of the videos I watched said something about "mock" buttercream but the recipe I found for that is basically the same as the one above, just with the addition of dry coffee creamer and I can't see how that would really make a difference. Anybody ever used it?

The Loki cake (round layers) I made last week traveled pretty well, except for 1 spot where the top outer edge shells kind of drooped down, along with a bit of an icing slump, which I was able to push back up fortunately. They were big shells and heavy as far as icing goes. But, that's why I'm worried about an icing slump on a tardis.

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Old 08-17-2015, 02:24 AM   #2
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A tardis cake sounds like fun. I'm sorry I have no experience with stacked layers of cake or rice crispy sculpture.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:49 AM   #3
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Just a thought but since you have to have the cake travel could you make a "profile" cake instead of a stand up cake? You know like the tardis is laying on it's side. It might be easier. No other suggestions from me since I'm not a cake decorator to be able to advise you.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:53 PM   #4
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WOW........what a project! I had to google what you were talking about. Maybe this link will help?

Tardis Cake Tutorial | Artisan Cake Company
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:39 PM   #5
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WOW........what a project! I had to google what you were talking about. Maybe this link will help?

Tardis Cake Tutorial | Artisan Cake Company

Gah! Well, this will sure be a labor of love, and a major pain in the rear!

(While not helpful, I'd probably build it out of plywood and styrofoam...)
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:18 PM   #6
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Wow, that's quite a project. I'm sorry, I can't help either. Maybe try sending a PM to LPBeier, since she was a professional cake decorator. Good luck, medtran.
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:41 PM   #7
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Food Network has challenges where contestants build sculptures out of cake and rice krispie treats. Their website may give you a start. Can't recall the name.
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:55 PM   #8
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I Like the concept !

If you google / images Tardis cakes, there are some good examples, fully dimensional, sheet cakes, and decorated round cakes.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&....0.dwkm9C53-jg

Does fondant or what ever icing get hard/ firm enough that you could make it and lay it down in a box while you travel, without damaging the design?
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:39 AM   #9
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Thanks guys,

Jabbur, I want a standing up tardis.

Kayelle, Whiskadoodle, Thanks guys for the links but I've already been Googling, that's how I knew most of them were either stacked cake or rice crispy sculptures with fondant or modeling chocolate outsides. The modeling chocolate would get hard enough that I could lay the pieces flat and travel with them, then finish putting together there but I REALLY wanted to avoid fondant or modeling chocolate since I haven't worked with fondant a whole lot (don't like taste or texture) and have never worked with modeling chocolate, though I don't imagine it's that much different than fondant. One of the sites I looked at the guy had made a model Tardis out of cardboard then used the pieces as templates to cut his cake and modeling chocolate pieces out, then just put them together like you would make a gingerbread house. Which, come to think of it, I could go that route, not gingerbread, but a sugar/shortbread type of cookie decorated with royal icing. Thanks guys for leading me to that (I think, now I have another option to mull over, LOL).

Dawgluver, I actually was looking some more yesterday and they have small Tardis "action figures" that twirl and make sounds. I may end up buying 1 of those, which will give her an extra B-day gift. They even make a bobble-head Tardis.

Thanks for the suggestion GG about LPBeier. I'll definitely do that if I don't buy the action figure Tardis, which I'll have to do within next couple of days if I decide to go that route.
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I would take the ginger bread route as well using a shortbread or chocolate cookie - especially if you are comfortable doing this. Once assembled and dried, that would be more durable imo. You could fill it with candy or other treats or you could even fill it with petit fours layered with wax paper. make the roof removable - could be good fun. :)
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