Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
Right then, let's make a Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch Cake!
1 You know, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Step 1: Supplies and Ingredients
Half Sheet Pan (I used this one )
Ball Pan (I used this one )
Cross Candy Mold (I used this one )
Rolling Pin to rolll the fondant with
Enough cake batter for the above pans. I used mixes and used four boxes of Duncan Hines Yellow Cake mix made according to the box except for using only tablespoon of oil per mix (it makes the cakes better suited for stacking).
Three batches of Rice Krispies Treats (recipe here )
Two batches of Marshmallow Fondant (recipe here ) or an equal amount of store bought fondant.
Four Batches of your favorite buttercream recipe. (I used this one )
Small amount of Royal Icing
Candy Melts & Yellow & Red Candy Coloring
Brown Paste Food Coloring
Red Paste Food Coloring
Gold Luster Dust
Small Paint Brush (that's never been used for painting)
You should be able to get everything you need between your local grocery and craft store.
Step 2: Covering the Cake Board
Step 3: Woodgraining the Board
This is waaay easier than it looks. Thin some brown food coloring with vodka or as I did, with lemon extract (it's 85% alcohol). We'll use the same technique on the sides of the box.
Step 4: Make Your Cakes
Step 5: Make the Box Pt. 1
Step 6: Make the Box Pt. 2
Now it's time for some fun with Rice Krispies treats. Cut up your treats and build a wall surrounding your cake. (You'll see from the pictures that I jumped the gun and added the red fondant to the top of the cake already but it should be done later) If I do this again, I would cut them into smaller bricks and stick them together with royal icing for added strength. Build a Krispies wall all the way around the cake.
Step 7: Woodgrain the Box
Just like with the board we'll cover the Krispies with fondant, put a thin coat of buttercream on the Krispies to help the fondant stick. Get out your brown food coloring and alcohol again and paint the fondant as you did with the board. (This is why I should have waited on the red fondant, it got sprayed with some of the brown food coloring).
Step 8: Cover the Inside of the Box
Now is when you should roll out a piece of red fondant large enough to cover the inside of the box. The Holy Hand Grenade needs a comfortable bed doesn't it?
Step 9: Prepare the Holy Hand Grenade
Step 10: Cover the Holy Hand Grenade
Roll out a piece of gold colored fondant (tint with 10 drops of yellow to 1 drop of red) and cover the ball cake. It may bunch up a little at the bottom, that's OK because we're going to cover that up later. Now get out your alcohol again and some gold luster dust. Mix a tiny bit of alcohol with some luster dust and paint your Holy Hand Grenade a lovely shade of gold. You may have noticed that the Holy Hand Grenade looks a little lumpy, that's OK too, the original looked suspiciously like it was made from a coconut.
Step 11: Decorate the Holy Hand Grenade
Step 12: Make the Holy Pin
Every hand grenade needs a pin. Get out your cross candy mold and candy melts. I used yellow melts and added one drop of red. Melt the candy melts and fill your molds. We're making two crosses that we will stick to each other. After they have set, remove from the molds and whittle out a small trench at the bottom of each cross so that a lollipop stick or skewer or whatever you are going to use to stick it in the cake can fit into. Use a little melted candy as glue and you have your Holy firing pin. Now, get out your alcohol and gold luster dust again and paint your cross gold. We are now ready to arm the Holy Hand Grenade.
Step 13: Assemble the Holy Hand Grenade
Now is the time to assemble your weapon of mass cake destruction. Spread a small amount of buttercream on the board we fitted into the red fondant earlier. Carefully place the Holy Hand Grenade on the board and make sure it is level. If not use buttercream to level it out. Carefully slide two bamboo skewers at an angle through the top of the Holy Hand Grenade and into the cakes beneath. Now, it is the moment we have all been waiting for, time to arm the Holy Hand Grenade. Very carefully (we don't want premature detonation) insert the Holy Pin into the Holy Hand Grenade.
Step 14: Make a Nest for the Holy Hand Grenade
I did this in the wrong order too, learn from my mistake and add this after you've placed the Holy Hand Grenade in its box. Roll out some of your remaining white fondant and form into two drapes that we'll place to the left and right of the Holy Hand Grenade. Attach them with a little bit of water. Doesn't that look comfortable?
Step 15: Deploy the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch
Now is the time to deploy the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch against the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog or other suitable foe. Good luck!