Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Candy Clay

When Miss Kopy Kat learns that something she wants/needs is way out of her price bracket, she goes into full plagerism mode.  Such was the case when her daughter saw a groom's cake that she wanted at her wedding. Note: I am finding out that having a groom's cake in addition to a bride's cake at a wedding is a regional thing.  If you saw the movie "Steel Magnolias" you might remember the groom's cake made into a likeness of an armadillo  ........
Not that she wanted the armadillo but she saw a picture in a magazine that she wanted the groom's cake to look like but in her wedding colors of blue and green and to be chocolate...
When I showed the picture to our nice caterer, she said that a cake made like that would be at least $1200....gulp! In her book of cakes she normally makes, was a tiered square cake with each layer's corners facing a different direction.  I thought that might be enough "whimsy" instead of the complete "topsy-turvy" look to please the bride.  The caterer agreed that if I would make the balls, there would not be an additional charge to just a place them on the cake set at angles.  I "googled" around and found out that if you add 1/3 cup light corn syrup to 1 package of  melted Wilton Candy Melts, you get candy clay . http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Candy-Clay

The clay was VERY easy to make.  I was OK with the blue and the white Wilton candy melt colors but I ordered AmeriColor Electric Green off the internet to add to the white candy melts to get the green we wanted  http://www.sweetbakingsupply.com/electric-green-americolor-food-color-p-240.html  .  Each blob above is just ONE package of candy melts with the corn syrup added.

This is my friend, Debbie, who came over to help me make the balls...it took longer than we thought it would.  We just pinched off pieces of the candy clay and rolled it in our hands. 

After the balls were made, we "painted" them with Wilton Silver Pearl Dust (available at Michael's).  We mixed the pearl dust in clear vanilla to make the "paint".  Later, I found a tutorial on making these balls with fondant. http://candy.about.com/od/phototutorials/ss/fondant_pearl_sbs.htm   .  We made the balls about three weeks before the wedding and stored them in layers separated by wax paper in boxes.


This is the finished product (at a much less cost than the one in the magazine).  The caterer placed the balls...personally, I wish she had put some of the larger ones at the base of the cake but the way things were going the day of the wedding, I'm just glad the balls got ON the cake. 
The candy clay could be used to make LOTS of different types of edible (but not real tasty) decorations for cakes, cupcakes, etc.

12 comments:

  1. What a creative grooms cake! I love it! The cake stand is beautiful as well.

    Heather

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  2. I think you guys did a great job! I think the groom's cake is a southern thing. I did weddings for many years in the New York and LA areas and the only one I ever saw was the armadillo in the movie, lol! I would love to learn how to make those fancy fondant cakes.

    Karen

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  3. looks awesome, i love pretty cakes! thanks for sharing this at my party!!!

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  4. Miss Kopy Kat posted this waaay too many times at "Whassup Wednesday" by mistake...sorry! I have asked the party hostess to delete all but one.

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  5. What a great way to get what you wanted at a reasonable cost, a great kopy kat for sure! I've never been to a wedding where there was a grooms cake either and I'm in the midwest. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. Love this. We're going to be doing a cake decorating craft meeting and I think I might have to make some candy clay.

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  7. Wow! You did a great job and saved a lot of money too! I love it!

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  8. What a CUTE cake!
    I love it!

    Cheryl

    http://ldsmomtomany.blogspot.com/2010/10/young-womens-cake-off-beehive-entry.html

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  9. oh how fabulous!!!!! What a great cake you made.
    and who....tell me who would NOT want a bleedin' armadillo cake, I ask. ;)

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  10. It turned out gorgeous.
    Traci

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  11. WOW! AMAZING!! Thanks for linking it up!

    xoxokara

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  12. The cake turned out beautiful! The candy clay looks like something fun to do with the kids. Thanks for sharing.

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