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Cake submitted by Rosalie F. from Winnipeg, Canada
I made this gecko cake for my son's 11th birthday. We have a leopard gecko and I was trying to recreate this in my cake. It was my first attempt at fondant, so quite an experience. I made my own from marshmallows and it turned out great.
Ingredients for making a large batch of fondant:
Add the water to the marshmallows and microwave for about 20-30 seconds (60 seconds for the large batch). Stir well until the mixture becomes like a syrup, and microwave longer if necessary. (You want to eliminate all the lumps.)
Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Coat your hands and your work surface with a thin layer of vegetable shortening (Crisco works well). Then take the mixture out of the bowl and knead the fondant until it is smooth. If the fondant is too sticky - add a little more sugar, or if it's too dry - add a little more water. It's now ready for use!
The cake was made from two 9x9 cakes and one 13x9 cake. I cut out the head from one of the 9X9 cakes. The corners served as the arms, legs, and tail pieces. I put it all together: covered it in buttercream, and then covered in fondant.
I ridged the tail like a gecko's would be, by gently forming the ridges with my hand. Then I used white chocolate melts for the claws and milk chocolate for the eyes.
It ended up being about three feet long. It was a big hit!