Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jam and Bread

Marmalade Jar & Toast Cake

Saturday we celebrated my step father John's birthday. He happens to be the biggest jam/marmalade/preserves eater I have met. I am not sure many mornings have passed that he has not had a slice of toast with marmalade on it for breakfast. When I say marmalade on it, I mean really heaped on - it is more like he eats toast with his marmalade. So, it was this love affair that led Sam to the idea of making a jar of jam for his cake. We added some toast to go with it and we had our cake, actually cakes.

The jar was made from sour cream chocolate cake with sour cream frosting. I baked the cake in a sheet pan and then Sam cut out the six layers by hand. I frosted them and stacked five of them up to create the jar. Skewers were used to keep the layers from sliding. The last layer was set aside for the lid.

5 Layers of the Marmalade Jar

I used marshmallow fondant to create the jar and painted it using a mixture of pigment and vodka. The label and price tag,

Marmalade Jar Cake

the bar code

Bar Code on Marmalade Jar Cake

and the nutritional information (this was a must in Spencer's eyes)

Nutrition Facts on Marmalade Jar Cake

were made by using edible markers on rolled fondant.

Sam made the "toast" by cutting out the bread shapes from a vanilla sour cream cake and dabbing the sour cream chocolate frosting on the sides to make it look more like bread.

Sam the Toast Man

The butter was made from fondant and then we used some gel frosting to give it the sheen of melted butter.

Buttered Toast Cake

John was very pleased with his cake and Sam and I had fun making it together.


Cottage At Dove Canyon said...

This is just incredible. I am in awe of your talent AND creativity! I bet he LOVED it!

Greenie Gardens said...

This was the most amazing cake! It was tasty and the creativity was off the charts! We loved it.

Niki said...

You guys are just crazy! I love it! Seriously, it is beautiful. I had to do a double take, I wasn't understanding the post. Was this photo on top really the cake? And to go so far as to put gel icing around the butter to make it look real. . . very clever!

LivingTheLife said...

WOW!!! You guys are mucho talented! I did a double take, too...b/c when I first looked at it I thought it was the real thing...I was just thinking that the jar was a sweet jar of homemade marmalade that you guys had made for him...but this is so much better. The toast looked like REAL guys rock!


Leeann said...

Are you freaking kidding me? How cool are you two? That is the neatest thing!


Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow! You guys are amazing -- those cakes are beautiful! (As are all your cakes, I might add.) How incredibly clever. Well Done!!!

restyled home said...

You are unbelievably, amazingly talented and creative!!! Need I say more??


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

WOW, I can't believe you made that! That must have taken forever!I'm really impressed!

Marianna said...

You are simply amazing!