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Category Cake Decorating
Style Outdoorsy
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this cake: Cake, buttercream, modeling chocolate

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What are you most proud of? I'm really proud of the carving of the cake. I wasn't as happy with how the pattern on the shell came out, and I almost liked it more before it was decorated, when it was just carved cake. She loved it, though.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Plan carefully, allow yourself a lot of time for the mosaic work.

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i love the eco-friendly, yet funky theme. i am also very interested in what pans and sizes and how many cakes you used and how you carved this magic turtle - he is really adorable! I have been asked to make one in a couple of weeks and i have no idea where the start. Thanks for any help you can offer!

07/17/2013 Flag

Thank you! I loved this little guy. I used 2 layers of a 1/4 sheet pan, mine is 9"x13", and carved the shell from there. Make sure you use a stable cake, because you'll be undercutting the shell and it will need to hold up its own weight (mine was a dense chocolate). I spent a lot of time carving. It also helps to chill it thoroughly before carving. I cut the back end of the shell (where it's thinner) in one larger chunk, and put that at the front of the shell for more height (like a topsy turvy cake), so at the front it's 3 cake layers, sloping down to 2 at the back. I crumbled the scraps and mixed them with buttercream to make a cake pop-like consistency, and used that to form the fins, tail, and head. The consistency is obviously different when you cut into it, but you can get some thinner and more defined shapes than you can with rice krispie treats, like the back edges of the flippers which are very thin. It's also very easy to form and pat into shape. The eyes are just balls of black fondant with some cake pop mixture spread over them. It was really fun. I looked at a lot of pictures of turtles to try to get the shell just right. I will try to post a pic of it before it was decorated, I actually liked it better that way. I suggest using a slightly larger board, I think this was 14"x14" and I wish I'd had a little more space. Good luck!

07/19/2013 Flag

Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate your time in helping me with this project. I was a little uneasy about it but this really does help! Blessings to you!

07/22/2013 Flag