Five Nights at Freddy’s…have you heard of it? If you have, then you’ll get the theme of this cake. If not, you’re probably thinking that this is one ugly cake, lol. The next couple of posts are going to feature some cakes I’ve been working on and showcase a little bit of the process that goes into making one. It’s about time…this site is called Down Cakery Lane after all.
I made this Five Nights at Freddy’s cake for my son’s 11th birthday. His main obsession is Minecraft, however, he’s been really into the Five Nights at Freddy’s game. It’s a game in which animatronic robots come to life while you are on security watch. The goal is to make it five nights in a row without being attacked by the characters.
When my son asked for this theme, I wasn’t sure what to do and I wasn’t very motivated. After a little research and looking at some images, I decided to go for this design. I really wanted to be careful not to over-decorate the cake. I’ve been known to have what in the “cake world” is known as “over-decoratoritis.”
For the cake flavor, I chose Devil’s food from one of my favorite baking books by Dorie Greenspan. I love this recipe- it never lets me down. Occasionally, I tinker with it and make it a bit more kid-friendly by using milk chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate. I used my favorite oreo cookie filling which is a basic buttercream with crushed oreos added in. The cake was also covered in ganache and fondant. The decorations were made of a combination of fondant and modeling chocolate.
Here’s a peek into the process: the cake is covered in chocolate ganache to provide a nice, smooth layer for the fondant- it also tastes great. Here’s a link to a great ganache video tutorial by Faye Cahill. I used her version of how to ganache a cake, although there are many more ways to do it.
However, I forgot a step and didn’t get my top edges as smooth as I wanted. If your ganache coating isn’t perfectly smooth, it will show up under the fondant. It’s all good though. I’ve learned to control those perfectionist tendencies by reminding myself of what happens to my cakes once they’re cut into. You know what I’m talking about, right? 😉
Next, the cake is covered in fondant. For the color, I used black gel color to get a grey-purple. I mixed the black into the fondant until I hit the shade I wanted.
For the detail items, I used a combination of modeling chocolate and fondant which provides excellent elasticity. You’ll find a good recipe for modeling chocolate here. I already had the modeling chocolate made in the colors I needed from a previous cake. These designs were tricky since I was dealing with tiny details. I used some clip art and sized the images according to the height of my cake. I lay the image over the fondant and cut it out with an exacto knife. I also try to find similar cutters- I have some pretty small circles that I used for the ears. Food coloring markers also help.
For the checkered strip, I used a was paper technique created by Jessica Harris. Her technique is genius and saves so much time. It also makes the decor look so smooth and clean. Using the wax paper and an image I found online, I cut out squares in black and white and placed them on the wax paper. My square cutter was not the perfect size, but it worked out well simply by using the side of a ruler to line them up.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of a slice of cake, but it was delicious and best of all, my son loved his cake! Stay tuned for more cake designs to come 🙂
Here are some specialty products I used to make this cake:
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