Monday, November 14, 2011
Adventures in Caking: The Legend of Zelda
Dark chocolate-bacon cake. With maple-bacon frosting. And bacon fondant.
The cake itself was basically the same recipe as the coffee-chocolate cake, but with bits of bacon mixed in. It's really good, but next time I'll mince the bacon (instead of just chopping it into small pieces), because I didn't really like the noticeable pieces of bacon in the cake. They just get too chewy and weird in a cake.
But the frosting. A-mazing. For this, I did mince the bacon, because I knew I'd be putting fondant over it, and I didn't want it to make my cake all bumpy (or tear the fondant) with bacon pieces. Personally, I could do without the bacon and just eat the most delicious frosting I've ever tasted in my life, but the saltiness of the bacon added a great flavor. And since Husband wanted bacon, it was perfect.
For the fondant, I ordered some liquid bacon flavoring and just about 5 drops of it, along side regular vanilla extract. It had a vague hint of bacon, but it was a sweet taste (since it's all marshmallows and sugar, anyway). It was great by itself, but I couldn't really taste it on the cake (I'm also not a big fondant person - I love it for decorating, since I can do so much more with it, but I don't care if it's on the cake or not. Fortunately, the recipe I use tends to blend in pretty seamlessly with the frosting flavors, so it's really not very noticeable at all.)
Then I miraculously stumbled across a tiny square fondant cutter that I didn't even know I had. That probably saved me about 10 hours of work. All the decorations are fondant (since I'm pretty terrible at piping, but after this cake, I feel like I'm going to need to learn - I think the lettering at the top would have been much better piped, if I were more capable), except the bushes, which are just leftover maple-bacon frosting.
Husband loved his cake. Then he decided the only thing that would make it cooler would be if I made him a Zelda cake for birthday every year, progressing chronologically through the sequence of Zelda games. This is going to be interesting....