Coal Miner Cake
by Mary Woods
(Pikeville, KY, USA)
This coal miner cake was made for a coal miner's birthday. They are required to wear clothing with reflective stripes and a hard hat and they use a battery light with the light attached to their hard hats. First I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. I used the sports t-shirt silicone pan and a sheet cake used for sculpting.
To prepare the t-shirt mold I just used some Pam for baking. Then for the sheet cake I used wax paper in the bottom of the pan to help prevent sticking. I cut one square out of the sheet cake for the battery and then two more squares were cut out to be stacked and carved them for the hat. To get the hat the right size I used an actual hard hat to trace the base and cut out a template.
I used a total of three boxes of cake mix. The only alteration I make to the cake mix instructions on the box is to use butter instead of the oil required. The shirt was made out of one box of German chocolate cake mix and the hat and battery I used the other two boxes of yellow cake mix.
To make the lamp light, I used rice treats to shape that and the silver luster dust to give it the look of a light. I used the Wilton buttercream recipe for the icing. (I find that the churn style butter makes a difference in the taste of the buttercream.)
Then after a thin coating of the buttercream icing I covered everything in homemade marshmallow fondant. The fondant was made with mini marshmallows, powdered sugar, and a teaspoon of water. The marshmallows and water are melted in the microwave in 30 minute increments until the marshmallows are melted. Then the powdered sugar is kneaded in until the desired consistency is reached.
For the orange stripes, I used a ruler and cut out the strips. Then used silver luster dust to paint a reflector stripe on the orange stripe. I used a wooden skewer to attack the light to the hat and a toothpick on each end of the cord that attaches the battery and the light. To make the cord I just rolled out some fondant with my hands, but an extruder can be used.