This is my MOST favorite cake TO DATE! Like in all my years of doing this I love love LOVE how he turned out. I just wish the pictures of the video did it real justice. Seriously he was SO cute (and then we ate him, he was also delicious). I was also the most scared about this cake for quite a few reasons, I wasn’t sure if it would even make it to the party table!
So meet Gruff, the adorable Neverbeast and hero of the latest Tinker Bell movie! We had a BALL making fun themed treats for our Tinker Bell and the Neverbeast viewing party last weekend. You guys know I love my themed food, so the main characters, or plot item (like the rocks and storm clouds) got a food item, but I was stumped for what to do for Gruff.
NO WAY did I want to make a carved cake… right? I mean I’m good, REALLY good, at what I do. But I NEVER attempted an animal or character before… After watching the movie to get ready for the party I knew a cake would be perfect if I could pull it off. SOOOO I sketched up what I’d want to do… and I went for it! And I’m so happy I did.
I ALSO videoed the whole thing, I originally thought I’d do it as a full tutorial… but no one watches 2 hour long youtube videos so I opted for time lapse (if enough people are interested in a step by step course let me know, I could edit the video and put it on atly)
Here is a list the supplies and tools I use in this cake decorating video:
- Two 12 inch square, dense, cakes (2 inches tall) good for carving, pound cakes work great
- Long, Sharp, Strong serrated knife (I like the Cutco Santoku-Style 10″ Slicer)
- small frosting spatula
- tapered spatula
- Edible black airbrush paint
- paint brushes – any will do just don’t cross contaminate with anything non edible
- Fondant/gumpaste extruder (or a clay extruder you ONLY use for cake decorating)
- vodka or other clear alcohol (like clear vanilla)
- Fondant/gumpaste tools (I like Wilton or Ateco)
- Scriber Needle
- revolving cake stand (when using a cake plate)
- shelf turntable (to use with a cake stand)
I’m seriously so in love with his cute little body, the arms and leg’s and tummy? He looks like a stuffed animal I just want to cuddle with. I can’t get over how well it all came together. I was super nervous about the painting. I mean once you put black paint on a white cake your done… there is NO going back, and I was worried it would be too STRONG and just look like lines, not fur.
To try to avoid that I did all the texturing before I painted, painted with a semi dry brush (to feather more) and then GENIUS struck. I took a paper towel, got it damp with the alcohol and patted the paint (careful not to simply spread it around more). It didn’t take the black away, but it did take the harshness away, it left it more subtle and toned down and honestly more furry looking!
For his nose I used about 30 toothpicks held together to make all the little dimples. And I bought myself a new tool… a Scriber needle. SERIOUSLY where has it BEEN all my life, I used it for so much and I can tell it’s going to become a cake decorating staple for me (just be careful, it’s SHARP, as my palm discovered… ouch).
What is your favorite part? (I know this is like begging for praise but really, I know what I love about it, I love hearing what other people are drawn to).
Tinker Bell and the Neverbeast posts:
- Pistachio Dessert Lasagna Recipe - April 18, 2020
- Homemade White Bread Recipe - April 17, 2020
- Easter Egg Pinata Cake with Chocolate Nest – recipe and video - April 8, 2020