Ok ladies and gents. We’re going out on a branch. Delving into new territory. Stretching our cake decorating skills. Expanding our decorative repertoire. No recipe, just ALL IN with a cake decorating tutorial to knock the socks and pants off your friends.
Also, Halloween… ergo, people dressing up as this year’s hot movie characters… ergo, Suicide Squad… ergo WHAM BAM justifying this cake with Halloween! Absolutely nothing to do with being a giant nerd who didn’t have time to properly celebrate some of the most delightfully twisted comic book characters when the movie actually came out… <– Yeah, definitely not that.
For those of you that don’t know me, you may not realize I am a HUGE geek (although, let’s be real guys, there were warning signs… Star Wars cookies, Spiderman cakes, old school comic book cookies, Star Wars cupcakes…). HUGE. I won’t say the biggest ever but if the shoe fits… I mean, you’re talking to a gal who owns more than one piece of WoW clothing, has more comic books than would probably be considered acceptable for an adult (if that’s the price of admission, I’mma just skip on the whole adulting thing, thanks), may or may not have some awesome comic inspired Pop! Vinyls on her desk, and that most definitely made an Alexstrasza costume for Halloween last year.
And if you understand all of that without having to Google it, then put the fist up because I’m sending you the biggest geek fist bump EVER.
But circling back… Cake. Of the Suicide Squad variety.
I know some of my geeky brethren out there were not particularly excited about this movie but you look me in the eye and tell me that Margot Robbie and Jared Leto as Harley Quinn and Joker were anything but awesome. I could have watched whole movie of just those two. You hear me DC Entertainment? A WHOLE MOVIE. Nudge nudge, wink wink, elbow elbow.
But in the meantime, we’ll just have to make due with the sweet company of some geeky cake decorating goodness.
Cake Sqwad Goals
Looking to up your cake game? Try you hand at some hand painted fondant pieces. Here’s how to transfer your design and use both powder and gel food coloring to get the desired effect.
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours
- Yield: One 2 tier cake 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- 1 six inch and 1 four inch cake (about 1 1/2x this recipe)
- 6 cups of frosting
- 1 package (1 1/2 lb) white fondant
- 1 black food color pen
- Black gel food coloring
- Black, red, blue, and green powdered food coloring
- 1 package (1 lb) gum paste
- Sharp knife
- Food only brushes
- A thin, blunt object (like the fondant pick tool)
- Once your cakes are baked, frosted, covered in fondant (if you’re new to covering cakes in fondant, Artisan Cake Company has a great tutorial), and stacked, they’re ready to be decorated! Given the somewhat time consuming nature of the gum paste character pieces, I’d recommend going with a simple design (like “hahaha” at nauseum). Once your design is finished, keep it in the refrigerator so it stays firm and try to handle it as little as possible (that design may, in fact, rub off if you’re careful).
- For the gum paste characters, print out photos you like that fit your cake (mine were about 9″-10″ tall). Roll your gum paste out to about 1/3″-1/4″ thick. Lay your photo over the gum paste and, using a thin blunt object, trace your outline and some of the larger details. This will leave an indent in the gum paste that will help guide your work.
- Using a sharp knife, cut out your gum paste designs. If the edges are rough and jagged (something that often happens when you cut fondant or gum paste), gently run your finger over them to smooth them out.
- Working from top to bottom, begin drawing your designs using your black food color pen along the lines you created earlier. To create shading, use your black food coloring powder and brushes of vary size. Your fingers are also a great tool for smudging the powdered food coloring. If you make a mistake, you can easily remove it with a damp paper towel (just be sure to let that spot dry completely before you go back in with the food coloring).
- As you finish your gum paste characters, it’s a good idea to apply them to your cake. You don’t want them to harden before you get them on there! It’s a good idea to use something, like water or melted white chocolate, to help them stick. Gently hold your character in place until it feels stuck.
Image transfer technique adapted from McGreevy Cakes