by Kelsey Price
I love this stethoscope cake. I made it for a friend of mine who was going away to med school. The cake itself is 8 inches and four layers. This cake is Oreo cookie flavor, but you can use any flavors or icing combos.
Tort your cakes (cut the height of your cake in half) and fill (add icing) and stack all of your layers the same way until complete. It is easiest to do this on a turntable, so you can hold your hand straight and move your cake instead.
Still on the turntable, add a thin layer of frosting around your cake to seal in crumbs, then chill for some time. After it is firm (so it doesn't wobble), return your cake to the turntable and ice the whole cake smooth with buttercream using an angled spatula.
How to make buttercream:
Whip 2 1/4 sticks butter until it turns white. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and cream until smooth. Then add more sugar if it is too loose to hold shape, and add milk if it is too firm.
To make the stethoscope, I basically just printed out a picture and copied it. It was made out of fondant that I rolled and connected into the different pieces according to the picture. The metal parts are painted with silver petal dust and alcohol. I pieced it together with gum glue when all of the pieces were dry.
I added chocolate buttercream roses, which I made using Wilton tips, and an id card made out of fondant and chocolate.
There are many thorough tutorials online on how to make buttercream roses, but you really need pictures (which I don't have) to understand. Good luck. Have fun with it!