Handy Manny Cake
by Marianela Padilla
(Hormigueros, P. R.)
This is a Handy Mandy cake I made. I am a beginner in baking cakes but I have a passion for them since I was laid-off from my job. I enjoy doing this so much that I can't imagine why it took me that long to meet this bakery world. My daughter is part of this new world and she is my first judge.
This Handy Manny cake was made for her best friend son's birthday. The family wasn't sure about the amount of guests but at the end they decided it was going to be among family, about 60 servings. So I decided to make one 10x3 for the bottom and one 8x3 for the top of vanilla pound cake.
Since I live in Puerto Rico we love moist cakes, I had to bath the cakes with sugar syrup, also. They tasted great. Pound cakes are heavy and with the added syrup, a lot more, so the second tier was set over 8 dowels and royal icing to secure the tower.
Both tiers were covered with almond vegetable frosting and then covered with almond homemade fondant.
Both tiers were painted with airbrush paints. I used electric blue for the bottom and leaf green for the top.
All decorations are made of gum paste. I used cookie cutters to make the figure of the boy and on top of that template I added the clothes, face details, gloves, shoes and cap.
For the tools I used gum paste and molded it to achieve the desire look. I painted the tools with sugar syrup to obtain the glossy look.
The tool box was made from rice cereal and covered with the fondant.
The rod of the tool box is made from Oreo stick and covered with fondant.
The borders or walls of both cakes are from fondant mixed with gum paste.
The bottom tier border is simulating wood. For this one I white gum with chocolate fondant to achieve the wood look.
The top tiers has bricks made from fondant. For the last finishing touch I added some screw heads. I colored them with silver dust.
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