Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Family Guy Cake

I've maybe only watched parts of 1 or 2 episodes of Family Guy ever in my life. I remember enjoying the crude jokes made by Peter, being creeped out by Stewie's deep voice and Brian's human-like behavior. I'm not sure why I never started watching more episodes. Maybe it's time to start.

When Linda asked me to make a Family Guy themed cake, I didn't experience any panic moments like when I did with the South Park cake. I felt confident that I could pull this off even though the characters of Family Guy are much more complex in terms of their looks than the South Park characters who look essentially like circles with giant round eyes.

I kept the decoration similar to the South Park cake - using sugar cookies as the main decoration pieces. The cookies are simple sugar cookies with their outlines piped with melted dark chocolate and the borders filled with colored icing.

Linda requested the strawberry meringue cake similar to the wedding cake I made for Lisa so I created a three layered cake with a vanilla yellow cake as the base.

The first layer of the cake was covered with creamy, fluffy vanilla buttercream and fresh strawberries after it was moistened with light syrup infused with vanilla beans. Between the second and the third layers of the cake was meringue disc that was baked til crisp to add a crunch texture.

The contrast in textures, and subtle vanilla flavors combined with the freshness of the strawberries is what makes this cake a perfect choice for the summer. Lastly, the cake was finished with more vanilla buttercream for the beautiful satiny finish.

I had a lot of fun with this cake. I'd say Stewie cookie was my favorite to decorate because of his very distinct football head shape and he didn't really need any icing other than the teeny bit for his eyes.

I really hope Linda's son David enjoyed the cake on his very special day!

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