We’re off to see the wizard - the wonderful Wizard of Cake! The Wizard of Oz is one of those old, classic movies that I feel I can return to over and over again. It’s so bright and cheery (with the exception of a certain witch), that it’s a caker’s dream. I mean, Munchkinland even has a Lollipop Guild! I have respect for any place that has candy based organizations. I’m honouring this classic film by caking Auntie Em’s Kansas home, filled with bright vanilla cake. Be careful when you’re placing your cake onto its board - you might accidentally squish a witch!
Where Do I Buy My Ingredients & Tools??Caking tools can be hard to track down sometimes, and it can feel like you have to travel over the rainbow just to get what you need! I've organized all of the shoppable ingredients and tools for this recipe on my Parsel page right here!
Baking Your Bright Vanilla Cakes!
You Will Need:
3 x 6 lbs Yo’s Ultimate Vanilla Cake - find my recipe here
3 x 12” x 18” Rectangle Cake Pans, lined with parchment paper
Americolor Electric Green Soft Gel Paste
Americolor Electric Pink Soft Gel Paste
Americolor Electric Purple Soft Gel Paste
Prepare your vanilla cake batter and separate evenly into three mixing bowls. Fold in your food colouring until your batter is vibrantly coloured. Pour batters into your prepared cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely in their pans.
Icing Your Cake!
You Will Need:
Simple Syrup - find my recipe here
Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here
Small Offset Spatula
Remove your cakes from their pans, and level them with a serrated knife and ruler. Remove the caramelization from the bottom and sides. Cut each cake into three equal slabs, giving you nine strips of cake.
Give all of your cakes a simple syrup shower and allow it to soak in. Stack the cakes in alternating colours, filling each layer with Italian meringue buttercream as you go. Chill you cake. We need the buttercream to set firm so that we can carve our cake.
Remove from fridge, and mark the center of the top of the cake using a ruler. Then mark the same height, where you want your roof to end its slope, on each side. Guide your serrated knife diagonally along these markers to give your house a roof.
Crumb coat the entire cake and chill. Once buttercream is firm, give your cake another ice, and return to fridge.
Covering Your Cake!
You Will Need:
4 lbs White Fondant
1 1/2 lbs Chocolate Fondant
Fabric Measuring Tape
Measure your house cake, and roll out white slabs of fondant, ⅛ inch thick, to cover all four sides of your cake. Cut out two slabs of fondant that would fit the sides of the house, cutting them a bit bigger than the actual measurements. Mark these slabs with a ruler and sculpting tool to make a pattern that looks like siding. Place your fondant siding slabs onto the house, and trim flush to the cake with a ruler and sharp knife. When trimming the top of your white fondant siding, ensure that you trim it with the angle of the roof.
Cut longer slabs of white fondant for the front and back, again using a sculpting tool and ruler to create a siding pattern. Take a small square square cutter to make the edges look jagged. This house did just make it through a tornado after all! Add the fondant to the house, and trim along the angle of the roof.
To create the roof out of brown fondant, roll out a large slab of fondant to ⅛ inch thick. Use a paring knife to mark out the pattern of old, weathered boards. Mark very light slashes in your brown fondant, running diagonally in both directions. Cut this fondant slab into strips, nearly the same size as the siding. Then use the same small square cutter to make jagged edges. Make sure that the strips would be long enough to hang slightly over the back and front of the house. Add to the roof with a bit of clear piping gel, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Allow them to overlap slightly and hang at uneven angles.
Let’s make windows and doors. Roll out some more brown fondant and a bit of black fondant. Cut the inside of the windows out from your black fondant using a rectangle. You’ll want five in total.
Mark the brown fondant in the same manner as the roof. Cut out a door, and several strips to become window frames and panes. Add to the house with a little bit of piping gel. Apply the windows first, then trimming the brown strips to line up along the sides. Again, use a square cutter to create jagged edges. Then add a second strip along the bottom of the windows to add a sil.
Lastly, add two strips to the door, and a little wooden handle.
Decorating Game Pieces.
You Will Need:
2 oz of fondant in each of the following colours: red, yellow, blue, green, purple, pink
1/2 lb Black Fondant
Easy Rose Cutter
Brick Impression Mat
Square Cutter Set
Yellow Luster Dust
Green Luster Dust
Orchid Pink Luster Dust
Pink Twinkle Dust
Non Stick Board
Small Fondant Rolling Pin
To honour the Wizard of Oz Magic Match Game (thanks again for sponsoring this episode!), I wanted my cake board to be a game board. I covered my cake board in grey fondant, and trimmed it to fit the board. After allowing to dry for a couple of hours, I used a ruler and sculpting tool to mark out a grid pattern. To give it a checkerboard effect, I painted every second square with clear piping gel diluted with a bit of water.
I made the game pieces from the Magic Match game with an assortment of molds (links are all in my parsel shop). I made: Tin Man’s purple hearts, Glinda’s pink wand stars, yellow bricks, Dorothy’s blue bows, red poppies, and green emeralds.
To give them a bit more Emerald City glamour, I painted the bricks, emeralds, and stars with lustre dusts.
Wicked Witch Legs & Ruby Slippers!
You Will Need:
2 oz Gum Paste
Strip Cutter No. 1
1 oz Red Fondant or Gumpaste
Red Disco Dust
Roll out two legs using white gumpaste. Cut thin strips of black fondant with your strip cutter, and wrap them around your legs, applying with a bit of clear piping gel.
I used red fondant with a bit of CMC to shape my shoes. Then cover in red disco dust. Note that disco dust isn’t really edible, so get those shoes nice and glittery, but don’t eat them.