by Melissa Chevrier
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
This was my first very challenging cake, Rapunzel cake. It was for my neighbour's daughter 5th birthday, and she loves Rapunzel so I thought I would see what I could do.
I started by baking 4 "death by chocolate" cakes (my own recipe) in 6 inch rounds. Baked and cooled I put them in the fridge for easier shaping and cutting. In the mean time I made an additional "death by chocolate" cake in a round Bundt pan. Which I used as the bottom of the cake/hill.
I molded Rapunzel (face and arms) out of Marzipan and put them aside to dry a bit while I whipped up a batch of Orange Cream Buttercream icing. (Nothing tastes better than Orange and Chocolate layered together.) I made a batch of rice cereal treats from which I formed the top of the tower from.
Now that the rounds were semi-frozen I took them out and sliced each round in half, filling with a layer of the Orange Cream Buttercream icing between each. I put 5 skewers in the cake to support it and keep it standing. I cut a window to place Rapunzel in and then crumb coat overall and put back in the fridge to set.
I expanded the hole in the bottom of the Bundt cake I had made (as the base). Placed a bowl in the center on which to support the "Tower" so it would not squish down in the middle of the cake and make the "tower" sag. Crumb coat and placed in the fridge as well.
I made a fresh batch of MM fondant in dark gray, lighter gray, and green. Divided up a batch into pink, purple and yellow (for her hair).
I rolled out the dark gray and covered the tower first, and used the lighter gray to cover the rice cereal treat top of the tower. I then made little river stone shapes to cover the tower in to make it look more realistic. Then attached the top to the tower again with skewers.
I covered the bottom of the Bundt pan with the green fondant to mimic grass, and placed the tower on top. I put Rapunzel in the tower then added her hair cascading down and seeming to become part of the tower.
I finished it off with candy rocks I bought at the local bulk barn, and added some butterflies for effect. We had a very happy little girl when she received her Rapunzel cake, and it tasted delicious! There was none left, down to the rocks.