Introduction: Lighted DJ Turntable Cake
This was a fun cake to make. Next time I think I'd like to try to make the turntable really turns :)
Step 1: The Actual Turntable
Having a picture of the real turntable is obv. is a big plus. Google has many pictures of turntables out there.
The mother of the birthday guy sent me this pic, which is what the son really has at his studio (the son is a DJ in the city where I reside). So my turntable cake was a Denon one.
Step 2: Battery and Light
They can be found online or at local stores.
The lights and batteries later have to be wrapped with cling wrap so they wont touch the actual cake
Step 3: Cake, Buttercream, Fondant
This turntable cake was using carrot cake with cream cheese buttercream (not cream cheese frosting as it wont hold up nicely under fondant)
1 1/4 c vegetable oil
2 c sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c flour
2 tsp each baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 c grated carrots
1 c chopped walnut/pecan
Preheat oven 350 F
Grease and flour a 9.5 inch square pan (depending on how big you'd like to make your cake, the recipe can be doubled, if not prepare batter and bake cake twice)
Beat eggs, oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in walnuts.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely before proceeding.
Cream Cheese Buttercream
I am using SMBC for this one, adding 1/2 block of cream cheese to the buttercream.
5 egg whites
1 1/4 c sugar
Heat sugar and egg whites on double boiler, medium heat, until sugar dissolve, stirring occasionally
Beat on low speed until cool to room temperature then beat high to create meringue
You can add vanilla essence or lemon essence, if you like
Once meringue stage is reached, beat in a cube at a time
500 g butter, room temperature, but still a little firm, cubed
Keep beating until smooth, set aside
In a clean bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth then stir into buttercream mixture until well combined (you can also use mixer to combine both)
454 g mini marshmallow
2 tbsp water
700 g - 1 kg icing sugar
Melt marshmallow with water using microwave on 30 seconds intervals
Add in icing sugar and knead until no longer sticky
Wrap overnight before using
Step 4: Decorating the Cake
Once your cake is cooled completely, slice cake horizontally into two layers, place a layer on cake board and spread buttercream on it for filling then stack the other layer on top. Crumb coat the whole cake, chill for 20 mins, then cover the whole cake with cream cheese buttercream.
Unwrap your fondant and dust your working board with icing sugar, roll flat, big enough to cover the cake. I let the fondant white and then brush it with black food coloring.
Using the picture as your guidance, make/cut buttons as per picture. Let dry cut outs for an hour or two (air dry), so you would be able to write on them using edible food marker
Where you would give the lights, push in prepared lighted and wrapped lights (you can make a little hole for easier) then cover the lights with the buttons you made.
I was planning to color my cake board with food color, bad idea :P It didnt make black cake board but instead purplish, in the end I covered the board with fondant. The recipe I gave was enough to cover the cake and make accessories, so to cover the board you would have to prepare more fondant.
For the turntable part (I forgot to take pics, sorry), here is I am showing with a styrofoam ball. What you need to do is bake a half sphere cake using ball shaped pan of Wilton. Then once the cake is done, slice the top and only use the middle part where I wrote down "use this". Again, bake a half sphere only, not the whole round ball shape.
For the little monitor above the turntable, I use Rice Krispies treats that I attached 2 of them and carve to shape as the monitor on the original picture.
Step 5: Buttons Glow in the Dark
Thanks for looking :)