Wow!! I am about 15 minutes away from the start of this week's new episode of Amazing Wedding Cakes, and finally getting to our blog about last week's episode! A major basket of thank you to the Genius Bar staff down at the Apple Store for getting our computer back online and saving all of our data. Having you hard drive go crazy is never a good feeling, especially with all these cool cake pictures on here!
So, How do you feel about 3-dimensional kangaroos standing up?
Husband Mike here once more with the skinny on the thunder from down under known as our cigar-roo grooms cakes!! I am a little disappointed that the edit of the show failed to credit me for the name "ciga-roo," but you know, I know I'm awesome.
Nothing makes Marc sillier than working on a silly cake. He had so much fun working on his little Aussie buddy. The bad Crocodile Dundee accents were flying the whole time as we sculpted this thing out with a combination of cake and "krispy rice treats." Remember folks, if you reverse those first two words, it becomes copyrighted material! So I got called in to make the krispy rice. What was Reva thinking?
Let me ask, have you ever been on camera before? It's not easy, especially when they come in and film you working. Reva and Marc have some experience from last season, but the first day I showed up, they thought it would be a great idea to let me make these krispy rice treats on film, even though I'd never made them before. And like a fool, I agreed. I was pretty nervous and they were nice about the editing, but I mucked up that recipe good! It all worked out in the end as the dynamic duo fixed it. Although, my wife was laughing her butt off as we watched it! I guess it was pretty funny. I'll just have to practice that recipe some more.
Luckily, my skills were not required to make this kangaroo live. That was Marc doing his best sculptor impression as he sliced away the kangaroo body and then molded the head out of my patented dry krispy treats. Reva handled the tail and the ears and then we went with a nice buttercream finish to give it a "furry" look. It really did look furry too! The buttercream easily "flicks" out into points and textures, giving it the look of a baby "joey's" soft coat. Since it was last minute and indoors, we knew the buttercream would be the best option. Our little hopper got finished off with some nice airbrushing and the cigars in the pouch.
Those stupid cigars took the longest time too! I was off in the corner on the computer and all I could hear was Marc and Reva going back and forth on the size of those three little fondant cigars! I think she made like 9 or 10 different sizes before they matched the scale of that kangaroo. But finally our little marsupial humidor was complete! And ain't he the cutest?
Something not mentioned was the flavor of this little guy. It has become in vogue to add unique flavors to our cake base and for the ciga-roo we baked in a nice, high quality lager. Much like a champagne cake, adding the beer gives it just a hint of flavor. Trust me, the scraps were delicious!
I cannot believe what the Cake Alchemy crew attempted this week!! As someone who carries these things around everywhere, I can look at a cake and tell you the weight and it is always heavier than you think. They had to make a few adjustments to hold it up, but I think the effort was superb.
Sorry it took so long to let you in on the ciga-roo, but thanks again for watching! We've got 8 more cakes to go this season, including a Japanese Origami inspired wedding cake on in about, oh... now!! More on that soon. Take care!