Monday, April 12, 2010



My best friend asked me to make her mother a special cake for her birthday...that special cake being a duck! She and her mother have done so much for me in the past that I was ecstatic to take on the challenge! I've never made a cake with a part of it defying gravity. How fun!

Look at that football! I decided it would be best to work on the head and body separately. Knowing that fondant wouldn't give me a stiff duck neck nor is it great for molding, I decided to explore the world of molding chocolate. What did I find? It's insanely easy to make and even easier to work with!

Molding chocolate is just like clay only it gets more malleable with increased contact with head (i.e. my hands). This was so much fun to work with I was kicking myself for not trying it sooner!

See? I wouldn't be able to attach two pieces together so seamlessly with fondant. Argh!

I picked up some powdered food colors and mixed them with some vodka after taking a few swigs. Just kidding...or not. Ok, yeah I'm kidding. I made chocolate covered eggs with the rest of the cake and frosting but I forgot to take a picture.

Duck cake: Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling and Swiss buttercream frosting, covered in white molding chocolate.

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