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We are going to celebrate Fat Tuesday the How To Cake It way! I will break down how to make this Pancake Cake using my moist vanilla cake, blueberry jam, maple-infused Italian Meringue Buttercream, hand painted fondant, and gum paste. Let's go!

Ingredients And Tools 

 

The Cake!

3 x 9" Round Pans - http://amzn.to/1hZtc7x

2 x 6lb Portion of Yo's Ultimate Vanilla Cake Recipe - get this here

5 lbs Satin Ice White Fondant - http://amzn.to/1Ei3Bky 

Wilton Ivory (for colouring your fondant 'golden brown') - http://amzn.to/1KKOVai 

Clear Food Grade Alcohol (like vodka or rum) or lemon extract

Blueberry Jam - 1-2 jars depending on brand and size (for filling cakes) - http://amzn.to/1KKOYmr 

Food Scale - http://amzn.to/1HIsmkr

**Measure out 3.5lbs of cake batter per 9” round pan - you’ll have a bit extra if you want to make a mini cake!**

 

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Maple-Infused Italian Meringue Buttercream

One recipe of Yo's Italian Meringue Buttercream Recipe - get this here

1/2 cup real Maple Syrup - http://amzn.to/1hZtnzL 

Once your buttercream is ready, at the very end whip in your maple syrup a little at a time, taste testing as you go!  Make sure to use really good quality maple syrup - Canadian of course! 

 

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'Blueberries' 

White Fondant (use some of the 5lb portion above) - http://amzn.to/1Ei3Bky

Wilton Cornflower Blue Icing Colour - http://amzn.to/1hZtsDv

Wilton Violet Icing Colour - http://amzn.to/1Ei3Zj4 

Wilton Black Icing Colour - http://amzn.to/1KKPjW

Cocoa Powder for dusting - http://amzn.to/1Ei4c5G 

Piping Tips #9, 11, and 12 (round) - http://amzn.to/1hECfLv 

Piping Tips 15, 18 and 20 (star) - http://amzn.to/1hECfLv

Dye your white fondant using a combination of all three colours. Take your time with this and have fun experimenting, and don't forget to keep some real blueberries close as your models (and for snacking!).  Shape your fondant into balls, and then create the top detail using the piping tips mentioned above.  Finish off by dusting with cocoa powder for that matte look blueberries have!

 


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I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

White Fondant (use some of the 5lb portion above)http://amzn.to/1Ei3Bky  
Wilton Buttercup Yellow Icing Colourhttp://amzn.to/1Ei4t8O


Starting with some white fondant, dye it using your icing colour - if it gets too yellow, you can always add a bit more white!  Take your time and keep the real thing close by for reference. 

Once dyed, simply roll out your fondant using a non-stick rolling pin and mat into a thick slab. Then using a sharp knife cut into squares.  Use your fingers to round the edges slightly for that soft butter look!

 

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Your Maple Syrup

1/2 cup Corn Syrup

1/2 cup Maple Syrup - http://amzn.to/1hZtnzL  

Maple syrup is too thin to pour on your Pancake Cake, and won't give that ooey gooey drippy effect we want.  Yes, ooey gooey drippy is a professional baking term!  So I thickened it up by simply mixing my maple syrup with corn syrup - perfect drips were the result! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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TOOLS - My Favorite Cake Essentials

Yo's Simple Syrup Squeeze Bottle - get this here

Ruler -  http://amzn.to/1PvJT54

Serrated Knife - http://amzn.to/1U3pUS1

Small Offset Spatula - http://amzn.to/1PvJUWG

Regular Spatula/Palette Knife - http://amzn.to/1LwTVVK

Rolling Pin - http://amzn.to/1KKQjtq 

Non Stick Rolling Pin - http://amzn.to/1Ei4WI4

Non Stick Mat - http://amzn.to/1hECzKc

Lazy Susan - http://amzn.to/1KKQtB9 

Paint Brush - Paint brush - http://amzn.to/1INntIK

 

Building The Foundation of Your Cake

I leveled and cut my 3 x 9" vanilla cakes into layers, resulting in 6 layers of cake in total.  If you want to learn how I level and layer my cakes, you can check out this video tutorial here.   

I filled my cakes with wild blueberry jam and my maple infused buttercream. I love blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and I wanted my cake to taste just like that. 

CAKE TIP - fill your cakes by using your piping bag and round tip to pipe a ring of buttercream around the perimeter of each layer, then fill the middle with blueberry jam and layer with buttercream on top using your palette knife - this will prevent the jam from oozing out!


Once all your cake layers are filled and stacked, give the entire thing a good crumb coat and icing with buttercream, before putting in the fridge to chill.  

 

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How To Make Your Cake Look Like a Stack of Pancakes...

It's all about tricking the eye!  To make my cake look like a stack of pancakes, I wrapped tubes of rolled fondant around the sides all the way up to the top - I dyed my fondant using a bit of Wilton Ivory Icing Colour first until it was that 'off white' pancake batter colour.  Once I had applied rolls of fondant all the way up to the top of my cake, I painted the surface of each tube with Wilton Ivory Icing Colour mixed with a little clear alcohol (you can also use lemon extract).  This made each tube look like the edge of a perfectly grilled pancake peeking out! 


To create the top pancake on the stack, I rolled out my fondant into the perfect pancake shape, placed it on top, then painted the surface to make it look like a freshly browned pancake hot of the grill.  I used Wilton Ivory Icing Colour mixed with a bit of clear alcohol once again.  

 

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The Icing On Your Pancake Novelty Cake!

To top it all off, I placed my fondant pats of butter on top, poured on my maple-corn syrup mixture over the pancakes and tossed on a bunch of fondant blueberries. 
This novelty cake recipe is full of vanilla cake, yummy buttercream, blueberry jam and looks just like the real thing - breakfast is served, the How To Cake It way!  
  
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