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A Chocolate Drum Cake!

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Here is how I made a chocolate drum cake for the wife of a coworker. This actually looks like her real favourite drum.
 
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Step 2: Fondant

Cover the whole cake in a layer of fondant, tinted black. It takes a whole lot of icing colouring to get black, so dump a lot in at once. If you can find chocolate fondant, it will become black with less colouring.

To get the fondant onto the cake, you first need to roll it out onto a sheet of plastic.
Then drape the fondant, still attached to the plastic, over your rolling pin.
Gently slide the fondant and plastic over the cake.
Peel off the plastic.
Smooth out the fondant to adhere to the buttercream.
Trim around the bottom. I use a pizza cutter.

Now cut out another round of fondant, this time leave it white.
Place it on top of the black fondant.

Step 3: Details

Mix some gum paste with fondant, leave it white. The gum paste will stiffen the fondant a bit, making it sturdier.

Place a strip of white gum paste+fondant (gumdant?, fonpaste?) along the top and bottom.

To get it to stick, dissolve a pea sized piece of gum paste in a teaspoon of water, or whatever you feel like. Once it is dissolved, you will have a sort of glue to use. Brush some on with a little clean paintbrush.

Add a few more accent pieces.


Now, the silver part.

To make it shimmer, you will need some silver dust you can find in cake shops. Mix a bit with vodka, not water, to make a paste. Water dissolves sugar, remember? The vodka will evaporate, leaving the dust.

Paint this paste onto your white pieces.
Rikroks3 years ago
My 13 year old daughter is a drummer and I made this cake for her birthday. It was a three layer chocolate/vanilla/chocolate cake. I originally intended to mechanize the drumsticks (to make them lightly tap at the cake), but i struck out at trying to find a motor that would turn slow enough and was reasonably priced.
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amcnally3 years ago
This is awesome...always looking for good fondant recipes or brands....What brands do you use? Thanks
brandon83 (author)  amcnally3 years ago
I use Dawn's Decorice Fondant. It smells like cotton candy! Great taste too.

I get mine at a local bakery. You have to ask at the counter though.

If you compare the two, you will never use the Wilton stuff again.

brandon83 (author)  brandon833 years ago
I should clarify. The purchased premade WIlton fondant does not taste good. I have not tried the recipe below.
Here's the recipe I use:

http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Rolled-Marshmallow-Fondant

To make chocolate Fondant, I imagine you can just add some cocoa powder. That recipe is so rich that a little bitterness wouldn't do any harm.
gabdan3 years ago
I hope there is some truffel
splazem3 years ago
It looks exactly like a drum! Good well done!
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice!