My first go at doing a rectangle cake! I think I did alright. Pirate themed cake, featuring 3 layers of chocolate sponge cake, filed and frosted with vanilla buttercream. Decorated with a fondant map, chocolate coins, pirate candles and custom made pirate flags, arrgghhh!
For the sand, I crushed up some Arnotts Scotch Finger biscuits. I think it adds to the realism to not crush it too much – keep some larger, just a quick blitz in the food processor does the trick. I used Fooddoodler edible markers to draw on the fondant map.
Now I’ve done a cake in the past where I’ve rolled my own fondant into long sausages and made rope with them. This time, I used my new tool – the fondant extruder. O.M.G. This is by far one of the best investments I’ve made for my caking toolbox! I got one like this. I chose it based on other reviews online that said the winding one like this was easier to use, and I have to say that this one is a breeze to use. For this cake I used it to make the rope border by using the disc that looks like it’s been punched with 3 holes. Once it’s been extruded you can then twist it and voila, easy rope that looks even and neat! Doing this cake has inspired me to create a page of caking tool must-haves.