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On my last day as a housewife (woo job!) I decided I had to figure out the cake topper before I ran out of time. So today, I cleaned up and made the prototype. My man likes it so much he thinks we should wrap it up and use this one for the cake! (in 101 days)
(On a side note: anyone know how to wrap hard candy–I know commercial hard candy can be saved way longer than 101 days!)
How to make a candy cake topper (with lots of pictures):
1. Choose a favorite photo as a template.
2. Trace the silhouette onto cardboard and cut out the silhouette.
3. Gather materials for this hard candy recipe, and for some plain dough (flour and water are enough–I used corn flour and water).
4. Prepare dough so that it is “doughy” (sorry I didn’t use a recipe) and lay it out on a tray.
5. Press the mold into your dough. If you want part of it to be thinner, press that part in less deep (I did this for his arm, so when it’s done it looks like we’re holding hands).
6. Use the recipe to make the candy. Now– I did not add any food coloring, and I added a teaspoon of vanilla. In two separate heat shock resistant containers, I put food coloring–blue in one, red in the other.
When the candy was ready, I quickly poured half in the blue container and half in the red.
Mix QUICKLY and carefully pour into the mold, trying not to go over the edges or leave strings.
(rest to follow in next post)
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7. Let candy harden, about 10 minutes. NOTE because the candy mold is made of dough, it is MOIST, so don’t let it fully harden in there.
I used the 10 minutes to clean/boil water/dissolve wayward candy.
Peel the candy out of the mold, it will bend–be very gentle!
8. Carefully wash off the dough stuck to the candy. (FWIW, I oiled one dough mold and not the other–it made no difference.)
9. Very carefully bend the arms so the forms will fit together.
LAST STEP: Let them fully harden/dry (they will be moist where they touched the mold).
AND try to figure out how to preserve this. Or… make it again the week of the wedding?
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(the spikes on the bottom are for sticking into the cake)
Post # 5
Love it! I thought at first you would have monograms but this is so much more original!
Post # 6
@MrsP-to-be: Aww, thank you.
I really like people and wanted something abstract. My friend had an awesome “hiking in the woods” gum paste cake topper for her birthday, and I loved it. BUT I wanted it to be kind of see through, so I thought–hard candy.
Well, actually first attempt I melted jolly ranchers in the mold in the oven. It burned and was aweful. Stank up the kitchen, too.
Post # 7
i thought this was a cool idea. anyone?
Post # 8
It’s amazing that you did that yourself and I do think it’s a cool idea! I love it’s abstract-ness.
My only concern is the lifespan of this cake topper…
I put our cake topper on “display” on a shelf in our house. I love looking at it, such a cute keepsake. Plenty of people have none-save-able toppers, but, just food for thought. 😉
Post # 9
Amazing!!! So cool. Great job!
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@stefanieastronaut:LOL. (Food) for thought.
I guess I wasn’t even considering keeping it!
Thanks for the idea. We actually have a second topper that we can keep. What do you do with it when you keep it? Show it off? Mantle display? Frame it on the wall?
The cool thing–I actually dipped it in dry sugar and it looks all frosty now. I really like it.
More pics tomorrow or so.
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- Wedding: October 2011 - Barn at Valhalla
This is really cool! I must admit, I was totally confused until you said what the spikes were for…then it all made sense. I can’t wait to see the pics from the day of the wedding!
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@ellabee: It’s so cool! Definitely a fun DIY I can try later. Thanks for the tutorial!
@magic: I agree, at first I was like ‘um, what’s with the bride having legs like a dog?’ But spikes, that makes sense! Lol.
Post # 14
Glad you figured out your cake topper issue. I can’t see it at work, but I’m sure it looks awesome! I’ll check it out when i get home .
Post # 15
This looks so cool! Make sure your photographer gets a really good picture of your cake!
Post # 16
this looks great! and yummy!