Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Van Gogh Tardis Cake

June has been a month of learning new things for me, as I settle into my new position as a library clerk. Suddenly I was days away from my husband's birthday and half of the house was coughing from an icky cold. I almost let the day pass. I was too tired to come up with a theme for the cake.

I sat down in front of the computer Googling cakes based on various sci-fi shows he enjoyed. We are currently watching the fourth season of Babylon 5, and he loves shows like Star Trek, Supernatural, Grimm, and Dr. Who. Dr. Who finally gave me the inspiration I needed. I love that Van Gogh was featured on Dr. Who, not only because of my artistic background, but also because nothing is as forgiving in cake decorating as Post-Impressionism (edited for accuracy by art history minor daughter).

I admit, I was going for quick and somewhat easy. I made the square buttermilk chocolate cake from the Fannie Farmer cookbook the night before. One layer became the base, the other was cut into square sections, smeared with melted chocolate and stacked. Some slanted cuts created the roof of the police box. Whipped cream frosting in different colors painted the cake and box. In hindsight, I should have made the orange and yellow blast bigger. It looks like it landed on an octopus. Cocoa in the blue frosting might have helped to get a darker blue. It was a little too bright for universe and Tardis blue. Notice how close it matches the tablecloth. I used some sugar wafer cookies to create windows and to square off the edge of the roof. Then I put the whole thing in the freezer to let the frosting stiffen a bit.

At some point, the Tardis became wibbly wobbly. I had no patience for another issue like the cupcake goblets, so I speared the entire police box with a wooden skewer and clipped off the excess. That succeeded in keeping it in place. Next came the finishing touch, the light on the top of the box:






Half of a blue candlestick, lit just before singing, gave it that old timey-wimey feel. Again, looks do not mean as much to me as taste, and this was tasty. The Tardis was like a Ring Ding with the cream filling on the outside, if Ring Dings were made with fresh ingredients.

And thankfully, everyone was healthy enough to eat cake on the big day.

6 comments:

Irene McKenna said...

That is, hands down, the most awesome cake ever!

jugglingpaynes said...

Thank you Irene!

Paula Vince said...

Wow, I'm always in awe of your imaginative and creative cakes.

Inner Elder said...

I loved this cake and the Van Gogh design. How sweet it was! Love, Mom

~*~The Family~*~ said...

I so appreciate that you comment on our blog, feel like I have known you for several years now via the blog world. I have been so slacking in my blogging efforts (making me feel guilty that the kids will say what did we do during this time when they look back through the books). As few posts as I have managed to squeak out I have read even less of other's blogs. So I am sorry to just read about your husbands job loss. I will start praying for him to find a new one sooner than later. I don't know what field he is in but will pray that just the perfect job presents itself for him. Lastly, love all the cakes you have done. My son would love the Minecraft one and my daughter will be over the moon for the Tardis cake!

Inner Elder said...

PS I showed pix of your cakes to my friends yesterday and they were amazed! They were ready to get you orders! Love you! Mom

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