Recently my friend Rose invited me to a surprise 40th birthday party for her boyfriend, known in certain circles as Lord Kellfire. I offered to make a cake, and Rose accepted, and it all seemed innocent enough.
Mancake is a portrait of a man! Made of cake!
First let me say, I find it really hard to make cakes for dudes. For girls it’s easy — cakes are naturally girly and pretty and frilly — but for guys, often nothing seems right. So after a lot of thinking and sketching and brainstorming, after many ideas were ideaized and tried and thrown out, it was decided that I would make a portrait of Lord Kellfire in the style of a black velvet painting. On a cake.
Figuring out how to transfer my design to fondant was tricky, and I’m not gonna lie, I considered some non-edible solutions. (Can you trace an outline onto fondant with artists’ tracing paper? Would that be safe to eat? It doesn’t matter, because it didn’t work — so I didn’t have to run the risk of poisoning anyone.)
In the end, I devised a pinprick-transfer method that worked great. (More on that another time.)
Creepy mancake with no face! This is how it looked before and after piping the outlines. Not very promising before the piping. This was only hours before the party, but no, I was not worried that my cake was going to be a flop and that I was going to ruin everything. Uh, not at all.
This cake was huge. I honestly could barely carry it out of my apartment! I think the plan was for it to feed 50 people at the party, and it did all that with about half of it leftover. Last I heard, Kelly’s head is still in a freezer in Brooklyn somewhere. (Take that, Walt Disney.)
Also, I am pleased to report that I am dutifully sticking to my pledge to always match my outfits to my desserts!
Special thanks to Mindy Tucker who took all of the lovely party photographs.