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
Here's the list of supplies and info (recipes, etc.) you will need.
2 boxes of desired cake mix
Flavoring extracts (vanilla, almond, butter)
Mini and regular size marshmallows
Rice Krispies cereal
Gel or other food colorings
Food-safe paint brushes
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: