You guessed it. Another little girl wanted a Frozen cake for her birthday. Who am I to say “NO!” Not happening.
So I gathered up the cake pans, bought more powdered sugar, dug out the hard candy recipe and rolled up my sleeves.
The mommy just wanted a 10″ cake so the cake part was fast and simple. Except for the one that went wonky on me..so another layer was baked pronto. Still not sure what happened but the wonky layer wasn’t a total loss. I froze it to be used later as a filler cake. So now I had 2 layers of cream cheese vanilla cake filled with Malted Strawberry Buttercream.
The hard candy thing took 3 attempts. No idea what happened with that either. Just wasn’t in the stars. Or. I lost my touch. Anyway, the last batch worked and I called it a day.
The next morning, after 4 cups of coffee, I picked up where I left off. I was going for the scene where Elsa is in her ice palace with the snowflake floor. I haven’t rewatched Frozen for some time so that might be wrong. But I do remember the floor. So that was my theme. Sort of.
I made a huge snowflake that ultimately was too big for the ice pond/candy so improvisation was called for. Again. (Note: I should’ve used the big snowflake as it was 1/4″ thick and would’ve kept the hard candy off of the buttercream.)
I decided to use one medium snowflake using the tiny ones at each point. The photo might make that clearer??!
Things I learned on this cake:
1. When making snowflakes that will have candy ponds resting on them, measure. Carefully. The snowflake should have been smaller OR the pond a bit bigger in diameter.
2. When placing snowflakes on cake that will have candy pond, don’t rush it. The candy will react to the moisture of the cake…perhaps use sugar paste supports might help that little problem and wait till the day of …which is hard to do time-wise.
3. Do NOT place cake in freezer after placing hard candy onto buttercream…condensation is NOT your friend!
4, When inserting the ice shards that stand up at the back, be sure to insert no closer than 1″ from the sides of the cake as the candy will make the cake bulge a bit and may not be as sturdy, re: 10″ cake, go in 1″ from edge for an imaginary 9″ circle. And leave the shards long so you have plenty of candy to insert into the cake for stability.
If given a third chance at Frozen, MAYBE I’ll get it right!!!? Well, you’d think so…..