My husband's birthday was today, and birthdays=cake! But he isn't really a cake guy. And I love making cakes! Cakes=love! What kind of cake do you make for someone who doesn't really like cake? A brownie, of course! I baked brownie batter in 2 6-inch cake pans and then stacked them with an extra cake layer in the middle (more on that later), covered them in ganache, and shaped the ganache into a barrel.
Then I covered a wooden board with fondant in a wood-grain pattern.
Next up, fondant on the barrel, but it needs something more...
That's better! I finally got to use my airbrush on a cake, and I loved it!
This project wasn't without struggles... I tried a lot of new techniques, like gelatin decorations. Gelatin is a tricky medium, but it's really cool. I had no idea it could dry completely hard. I used it to make Elsa's cape on Ellie's cake, and I figured it would be good for a wine bottle. I was wrong.
As it dried, the gelatin warped, and the result was not very pretty.
Another not-so-pretty part of cake making is color mixing. It can be quite messy and difficult to mix up the colors to that just-right shade.
But in the end, despite the setbacks, all the effort and time that goes into each detail is worthwhile.
I like this angle, wine pouring in.
The label was easy: just food marker on a fondant rectangle.
Jacobs Estate Winery: Birthday Blend! I ended up pouring colored chocolate in a wine bottle mold since the gelatin bottle failed, and even that didn't work out perfectly, but it turned out good enough for a midnight finish.
We had some fun at cake cutting time.
Not nearly as yummy as the real deal!
About that middle layer... Remember that gender reveal cake? I made a pink and blue layer to avoid a time crunch, so I had an extra pink layer that I didn't want to go to waste... Paul only ate the brownie part, but the kids were so excited to eat fondant, brownie, cake, ganache... Everything!