Amandolin Kitchen

Cookies, cakes, candies, and other kitchen escapades

For my birthday, I wanted a Tardis.

And no one was going to get one for me, so I made one myself.

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I was lucky enough to have a terrific friend who is a talented photographer document the process for me.  You can check out more of her work at http://www.debrajharveyphotography.com/.  I started off with a single 10 inch square chocolate cake.  Cut into quarters, and torted and filled with orange buttercream.  Since this will be a tall cake, I did two halves, which will be separated by a cake board and supported on dowels.

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Then each half was coated in chocolate orange ganache.

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Once they set up, I inserted dowels in the bottom layer to support the top half of the Tardis, and stacked the two cakes.  Then I touched up the seam before starting on the fondant.

IMG_7446Of course, you can’t bake a cake in my kitchen without someone wandering in to see what’s cooking.  This is my special helper.

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And, since this was a cake for family consumption, I allowed a little taste testing.  Who could resist all that chocolate?

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Once stacked, it was time to start on the fondant.  The cake was covered in panels, and then strips were added to make the doors and paneling on the police box.

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Finishing details were painted on with black food coloring, and the signs were printed on paper to be peeled off before eating.

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And there we have it!  This was exceptionally fun to make, especially because it was for my birthday.

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My little man is 8!!

So the boy that made me a mother just turned 8!  I can’t believe how time flies.  For this very special birthday I had a very special cake request.  We’ve been reading Harry Potter together, and he wanted Hogwarts Castle.  We typically have small intimate family only parties, so I had to scale the design way down.  It’s a loose interpretation, but we have the castle, the Whomping Willow, the Forbidden Forest, and the Black Lake.

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The trees and the Whomping Willow are made of modeling chocolate.

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The castle itself is cake with rice cereal treats for the roofs.

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It was a magical birthday!

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Peace, Love, and Cake

This was for a retirement party for a well loved and much to be missed psych nurse.  A gentle soul and a hippie at heart, this cake was right up her ally.  The top tier was chocolate with raspberry filling and vanilla butter cream.  The bottom tier was white cake with vanilla butter cream

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The dove was hand modeled out of fondant.

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Cake Giveaway Winner

Congrats to my cake giveaway winner!  Celebrating a birthday on Halloween with family, she requested fall leaves and pumpkin vines.  I took it one step further with some delicate white pumpkin gourds.

Fall Leaves Pumpkins Cake

8″ Chocolate cake with raspberry filling and vanilla butter cream.  Covered in fondant with hand painted gum paste leaves and pumpkin vines.  The pumpkins are rice cereal treats covered in white modeling chocolate and painted with luster and petal dust.  Perfect for a fall celebration.

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Roses and Ruffles

Another chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and raspberry filling.  The chocolate and raspberry combo is really a winner.  All decorations are done in butter cream.

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I’m especially pleased with these fun, girly ruffles.

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Chocolate Roses

I’ve been looking for an excuse to play with modeling chocolate.  I couldn’t really find one, so I made a cake.  That’s a good excuse, right?  Just a small one.  6″ round two layer white cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream under rolled fondant.  Fondant bow.  Chocolate roses.  They were so much fun to make, I’ll need to find another excuse to do it again soon.

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