Halo Birthday Cake – Noa’s 7th

29 Mar

This year, I was planning to make a Batman cake for my son’s 7th birthday.  However, he insisted he wants a “Halo 4” cake 2 days before the party.  So, I had to restructure my plan completely.  I researched on the web for a cool “Halo 4” cake, and the only thing “awesome” was the cake that shaped like the Halo helmet.  I would’ve loved to have presented a group of boys with that cake…I would definitely be a hero…my son would be focus of envy…  Ugh, but it just was not possible for me to dedicate the whole time I have left to accomplish this task.  I would need to do in-depth research on the Halo helmet, and to assemble the actual cake is a daunting task… Besides, it’s a cake – it gets carved and eaten and destroyed in minutes…forget it.  I really didn’t have more time to waste, and I just need a cake.  So, here’s what I did:

1. Bake the cake.

I used my favorite cake recipe, which is the “Butter Cake” recipe on Wilton.com. ( http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Butter-Cake ) The only change I made is to put 1 cup less sugar than what the recipe calls for.  (1 1/2 cups rather than 2 1/2 cups.)  Also I eliminated the Almond extract (I don’t like the flavor.)  For this cake, I’m using a 16 inch pan, so I made 2x the recipe.  The mistake I made here is that I baked the whole double batch to make one thick 16 inch cake.  It didn’t bake evenly, and I have to keep it longer in the oven.  Next time I would bake one batch at a time, and stack the 2 cakes.

Ingredients - 2x the amount called for on the recipe

Ingredients – 2x the amount called for on the recipe

2 batches of batter

2 batches of batter

I mixes the 2 batches together at the end

I mixes the 2 batches together at the end

Batter in the 16 inch pan

Batter in the 16 inch pan

Cake is Baked!

Cake is Baked!

2. Make the icing.

I used the Buttercream icing recipe on Wilton.com ( http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Buttercream-Icing )

Ingredients for the Icing

Ingredients for the Icing

Buttercream Icing

Buttercream Icing

3. Make the fondant.

I use the rolled fondant from Wilton.  I first cut out the “Halo” lettering in white.  I wrap it in plastic and set it aside.

Wilton Rolled Fondant

Wilton Rolled Fondant

Template for the Halo logo

Template for the Halo logo

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Then I made the colored fondant that would cover the whole surface of the cake.  I used the Wilton white fondant as a base and made my color.  I used the black / Royal Blue icing color from Wilton to make a blue-grayish color.  I use the “Roll-N-Cut Mat” to roll out my fondant.  When rolling out the fondant, make sure you roll out large enough to cover the whole 16 inch surface AND the depth of the cake PLUS a little extra to tuck under.

Black and Royal Blue icing color

Black and Royal Blue icing color

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Add colors to the fondant using a toothpick

Roll out the fondant

Roll out the fondant

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Roll out large enough to cover the cake top and side surface

4. Cover the cake with icing.

Icing covered cake

Icing covered cake

5. Cover the cake with fondant.

Drape the fondant over the cake

Drape the fondant over the cake

Tuck the fondant under the cake

Tuck the fondant under the cake

6. Decorate the cake.

I used the pre made sugar letters for the lettering.  This was my first time using this, and I don’t think I will use it again.  The letters were very hard to pop out, and most of the letters did not come out nicely.  It is very fragile, and they crumble or rip very easily.

Pre made fondant letters

Pre made sugar lettersIMG_9194

Letters done

Letters done

Decorations done
Decorations done

I ended up getting the little Halo Lego pieces for the cake toppers.  My son was happy with the cake, so mission accomplished!

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