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This is a Halo cake I made for my nephew's 14th birthday. This is my 3rd sculpted/3D cake. The head and torso are strawberry cake and the shoulders are Rice Krispie treats. It's all covered in marshmallow fondant and then detailed and hand painted (I don't own an airbrush, yet!) I piped the birthday message and Halo logo in buttercream.

Step 1: Supplies and Info Needed

Picture of Supplies and Info Needed
Here's the list of supplies and info (recipes, etc.) you will need.

2 boxes of desired cake mix
All-purpose flour
Sour cream
Flavoring extracts (vanilla, almond, butter)
Mini and regular size marshmallows
Powdered sugar
Meringue powder
Rice Krispies cereal
Buttercream icing
Gel or other food colorings
Food-safe paint brushes
Rolling pin
Two 6" cake pans
Two 10" cake pans
Various tools for detailing the fondant (I use a set that was made for clay sculpting)
Knife to carve cakes
2 quarter sheet cake boards w/ foil to cover
Piping bag and tip #'s 1 & 3
Cake icing spatula
1 large plastic support dowel (can be gotten at Hobby Lobby and other places that carry a good selection of cake decorating supplies)

I use the WASC (white almond sour cream) recipe found here to make my cakes instead of using the box directions, as this recipe makes the cake a bit sturdier which is better for the sculpted/3D cakes: http://cakecentral.com/recipes/7445/the-original-wasc-cake-recipe

I use this recipe for the buttercream icing; I made one batch of this for this cake:

2 cups Crisco
2 lb bag of powdered sugar
4 tbsp meringue powder
2 tsp clear vanilla extract/flavor
2 tsp clear butter flavor
1 tsp clear almond extract/flavor
1/2 tsp salt

Sift the powdered sugar and meringue powder together into a bowl.

In a small bowl or a measuring cup, put in all the flavorings/extracts and then add to that enough water to make the mix 1/2 cup. Add in the salt and stir until the salt is dissolved.

In the mixer bowl put the Crisco and water/extract mix. Beat on a medium-low speed for about 40 seconds, to just get it started mixing.

Next slowly start adding in your powdered sugar/meringue mix while mixing. Once it's all in there, mix on that same slow speed for about a minute.

The Rice Krispie Treats recipe can be found here and also on the side of the box of cereal; I made one batch of these for this cake:

I use marshmallow fondant because it tastes good, is easy to make and is also very inexpensive! I use the recipe found here and I made a triple batch of it for this cake:
Mellily052 years ago
FOR THE PERSON WHO MADE THIS CAKE!!! Can you please make this cake for my mother's 50th birthday, I will pay you for it and your time. please help
Awesome Instructable. here is one i made for my 13 year old cousin although not nearly as detailed as yours and i used chocolate playdough instead of fondount.
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so is your cousin gonna eat the play-doh??
dude, is this spartan # 029?

(note that # was a random #)
tchitwood (author)  the dashing hero3 years ago
Are you referring to the cake, or me? Either way, it's neither, heh heh! :)
ilpug3 years ago
WOW! Masterful work there!
tchitwood (author)  ilpug3 years ago
Thank you!
Dr.Dave3 years ago
wow my name is kane i feel so honored
tchitwood (author) 3 years ago
I just used what we had on hand, which was Absolut vodka. Any kind will do as long as it's clear I'd guess. You can also you a clear extract like clear vanilla or lemon extract, etc. that's alcohol based so that it will evaporate and not ruin your fondant like water will. Water is great for sticking fondant on fondant though! Makes a great glue for fondant.
what kind of vodka
LULUS4 years ago
cybergod4 years ago
WOW! Wish I had the talent and patience to make this for my young fella. He would be thrilled.
tchitwood (author)  cybergod4 years ago
Thank you! :) In the middle of making a huge cake right now for a contest/show for next weekend and am taking a little break while I bake more cakes. I sure hope this turns out well! My first live competition and show. Scary, nervewracking and totally exciting all at the same time!
Good luck with it. If the Halo cake is any thing to go by, you should do really well.
iambrad4 years ago
The description sounds like the quick overview the dude from "Ace of Cakes" gives to the clients when presenting
WOW, didnt believe my eyes at first, great jov, 5 star and subscribe :D. You should make something that apeals to 15 year olds next :P
tchitwood (author)  Michaelgoode4 years ago
Thank you!

Hahaha! Hard enough figuring out what appeals to 14 year olds! :P
I'm pretty sure for 15 year olds it's 'boobs'. Just make a cake that's sculpted to resemble a big boobed torso, maybe with a strawberry icing bikini top concealing any awkward details... Can't go wrong!
tchitwood (author)  Platinu4 years ago
Hahah Plat! I'm sure you are right :P
Can you make a video on how to make the cake?
Wolf Seril4 years ago
I find myself being jealous of a 14 year old.
Kaiven4 years ago
To me it looks a little squished, but still very awesome and detailed. I haven't played Reach (yet) so I might be wrong.
tchitwood (author)  Kaiven4 years ago
Yes, it is a bit squished :/ Was just my 3rd ever sculpted cake so I'm still learning! I'm pretty sure I needed more support!
Ah, well I bet it still tasted good! Great job on the cake sculpting, I wouldn't be able to do that well.
wolfcrow4 years ago
noahh wolfcrow4 years ago
It's been done:
takamineboy4 years ago
now thats just epic.
anarbiter94 years ago
Noble six is honored in a cake
Jayefuu4 years ago