This cake really opened some doors for me, I realized for the first time ever that I wasn’t limited to cake pans for making cakes. I spent weeks hunting for the perfect round pan for the Minnie Mouse hat. I was getting pretty desperate by the end. I was starting to worry that I would have to carve the cake; which is another thing that I have very little experience with. I was talking about this worry with my mom and she suggested that I use a metal bowl. What a brilliant idea! If You bake your cakes in bowls you can create so many interesting shapes that you would not be able to create with standard pans.
I made all of the bows a week in advance. I’m sure that you don’t have to do this so far in advance but the sooner you do them the better.
I baked the cake for the hat in a small metal bowl at 325° until it was cooked to the point of being slightly over done. I wanted the cake to be really hard so that it would hold together when the ears were attached. For that same reason I didn’t put any filling the cake either. I used sugar cookies on sticks for the ears and coated them in black candy coating. I swirled the candy coating in a circle to add a little texture to the finish and cover up the imperfections in the coating. I really wanted to put the ears in on a diagonal. It just seemed to make sense to me. But the cake will be so much more structurally sound if you line the ears up and stab the sticks in so that they are straight up and down.
I made the bow out of gum paste. Gum paste dries much harder than fondant. I’m not entirely sure that it’s necessary when it comes to bows. To keep the spaces open inside of the bow I used bunched up balls of plastic wrap.
For the candy apples I started by getting the ears ready. I used regular store-bought chocolate fudge sandwich cookies (like Oreos but bigger) I pushed lollipop sticks that I cut in half into them and dipped them in the black candy coating. While they were hardening I got to work on the apples I started by placing them in a huge pot of boiling water for 10 seconds each. This is the only way to remove the wax. Which on a side note is disgusting. I could not believe how much wax was on those apples! Do not skip this step! If you fail to remove the wax the caramel coating will not stick. Next I peeled and then melted those little square caramel that people hand out at Halloween ( I found them at the bulk store). I always add a little (probably more that a little)cream or condensed milk to thin it out a little. You just want to make sure that the caramel lasts for more than just a few apples. Once the caramel has hardened I used a knife to cut a little slit into the apple where the ears will go. The ears will fall off of their sticks if you try to push them in without holes. Then I dipped the apple in melted black candy coating and added the ears and the bows.
For the Oreo Minnies I pushed a lollipop stick into the Oreo; which is actually much harder to do than I thought it would be. I think next time I will dip the sticks in candy coating before pushing them into the cookies. I’m sure that would help the cookies stay on them. Next I dipped the cookies in black candy coating and placed one black candy wafer on each side as an ear. I waited for them to harden and then I dipped them into melted pink candy coating and then rested them on two flat pink wafers for feet. then I added a little candy coating to a bow and added the bow.
For the Minnie marshmallow puffs I dipped the marshmallow puffs in the candy coating which immediately melted the chocolate coating on the puff. For these ones try to dip as fast as you can. Next quickly put a slit with a knife in the marshmallows where the ears will go. Next I added black chocolate wafers as ears. I had to hold these ears a little longer though because of the melted chocolate. I finished them of with a bow.
I did the cupcakes in a standard way. The only real difference here was that I used royal icing for these bows instead of gum paste. When working with royal icing if you add the second color to the first while it is still wet it will blend together like a stained glass window.