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Am I nuts? *update progress pic*
To even attempt this cake!

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#1 TopsyTurvy

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:24 PM

Any advice most appreciated!

DS is obsessed with buses.  The more realistic the better.

So was thinking of trying to make something like the below.

I am fairly confident working with fondant and was planning on taking some "cheats" by using toy car wheels some licorice strips for the detail on the windows and the windscreen wipers.  I will probably use some black (or gray) gel pens for the infill of the windows as well.

My plan:

Measure up DS's fave toy bus and scale it up for dimensions.
Bake up some mudcakes in a loaf tin and trim the cakes to make the shape of the bus.
Cover in ganache.
Use white fondant to cover the whole thing and then use a scalpel to cut out the windows and windscreen.
Colour some fondant and cut and apply for the stripe details (or would these be better painted on?) and other details such as headlights and indicators.
Infill the windscreens and windows with the gel, then pick out the window shapes with thin licorice straps.

What have I forgotten?
Any other tips to make the job easier?
Am I completely off my rocker for attempting this Tounge1.gif

Edited by TopsyTurvy, 20 April 2012 - 03:04 PM.

#2 amaza

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:30 PM

Have you worked with fondant before? If you have and are pretty confident then you certainly have some good plans in place and I don't think you are nuts at all.

I would cut fondant strips for the stripe detail.

#3 Marchioness Flea

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:41 PM

My daughter loves buses too, but I'm not game enough to try making one. That looks great!
Have you looked in the latest Women's Weekly kids cake cookbook? There's a firetruck which might give you some ideas of how to get the shape right.
You can colour fondant black with powder or get colour, would be pretty easy to do the black that way.

#4 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:01 PM

If you are confident with fondant, that looks like a fairly straightforward assembly job.

#5 anotherlogin

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:15 AM

look at you tube, there is  a fire truck that you can follow (I used it for a garbage truck template) ... use biscuits like oreos for the wheels, smarties or lollies for the headlights lights, just give yourself plenty of time!

#6 MoonPie

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:24 AM

Yes, yes you are. Fondant is the devil and was put on this earth to make us frustrated beyond belief in the kitchen.

I do think its awesome that your DS is bus obsessed though original.gif

#7 greengoddess

Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:00 AM

If you're using black fondant, don't bother colouring it yourself - so much easier just to buy black fondant pre-coloured.

I'm still pretty much a beginner with fondant, and I think it looks pretty straight forward... what I mean is that I'd be confident enough to give it a go. I may be delusional though!

Post a pic when you're done!

#8 TopsyTurvy

Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

Progress pic!!

Will finish tomorrow, but happy with progress to date.

photo.JPG by Leapyleigh, on Flickr

#9 Guest_Retro_Mumma_*

Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

QUOTE (TopsyTurvy @ 20/04/2012, 04:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Progress pic!!

Will finish tomorrow, but happy with progress to date.

photo.JPG by Leapyleigh, on Flickr

Ummm, your bus looks better than the bus in the orignal photo!
Well done, very proffesional looking!

#10 bubaburns

Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

OMG you rock!!!!. My reaction when i first seen this. It is better then the original DS is going to go off when he sees it. Good luck with the rest.

#11 ~chiquita~

Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:33 PM

Awesome!  ohmy.gif  cclap.gif

#12 CherrySunday

Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:37 PM

Looks fabulous!

#13 TeachmeMum

Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

That is awesome. Cant wait to see the finished product  original.gif

#14 Cyaira

Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:48 PM

That's wonderful. Keep up the great work!

I'm sure your DS will be over the moon. original.gif

#15 brazen

Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:27 PM


#16 *Lib*

Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

That is AWESOME!!

#17 Jax12

Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

Wow, that is amazing!  Agree with PP - looks waaay better than the original pic already!  You are a superstar.

#18 TopsyTurvy

Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

Thanks all biggrin.gif

#19 Spring Chickadee

Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

Holy crap! that is amazing!

#20 WhatWouldBuffyDo

Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:44 PM

That is awesome!!

(P.S I hate you Tounge1.gif)

I wonder if my children would like to be guinea pigs for me to practice making better cakes

#21 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:58 PM

That looks absolutely fabulous! Really am looking forward to seeing the finished version as it will be awesome!

Well done!

#22 Mintjelly

Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

That is awesome!!

(P.S I hate you Tounge1.gif)

^^^^^^ This biggrin.gif

Well done!

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