Sunday, December 6, 2009
I built the Taj Mahal...
Ever wanted to make a Taj Mahal cake? Well, me neither, until I realized how cool it would be! I'll tell you the real reason I decided to make it: for my History of Creativity class, we had to come up with a creative project and I decided to make the Taj Mahal out of a cake. Little did I know that it would be an all day affair! I took lots of pictures, and I'll present this tutorial style - just in case you have an occasion to make this cake. Hopefully it will be a lot easier and go a lot faster for you, with help from this tutorial.
I looked at tons of pictures for my inspiration and help for this cake. These were some that I found helpful for the designs on the cake:
STEP 1: BAKE CAKES
I used two cake mixes: Yellow and Chocolate, because that's all I had, but I would recommend making a white cake (so the crumbs won't be as noticeable in the white frosting).
I filled 2 - 11"x17" cake pans, 2/3 of the way full. I also filled a small "dress" pan (the kind you use for the barbie bell dresses) and 4 cupcake cups. Bake them at 325*, or a lower temperature, so they cook more evenly - they won't make as big of a dome on top. (You will have to cut the dome off anyway, to get them flat enough to stack).
I would recommend making the cakes the day before, to spread out the workload. It is a lot of work to bake and decorate in one day.
2. MAKE FROSTING - I used Wilton's Buttercream Frosting recipe.
3. CRUMB LAYER - this is a thin layer of frosting over the cake, to hopefully keep in all the crumbs. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes, so you can easily frost over the top of it, without mixing the crumbs with the new layer of frosting. Do this after you have stacked the 11"x17" layers.
4.CUT OFF CORNERS - this makes it look much better. Your finished product will look kind of like an elongated octagon.
5. PUT THE DOME ON - do the crumb layer first, and then apply some frosting "glue" where you are going to put the dome.
6. FROST - now that all your crumb layer is dry, it is time to put the second layer and make it look good.
7.MAKE SMALL DOMES - I tried to use cupcakes at first, but I found that they were too big and too square on top, compared to the large dome. So instead, I used big dollops of frosting, and they turned out much better.
8. PIPING - I used a #3 tip to do all the white piping around the edges, and also for the white flower designs. For the green designs, I used a #2 tip, and tried to replicate the designs seen in the first pictures. For the red flowers, I used a star tip.
9. ENJOY! you have now completed your Taj Mahal cake. Go and brag to all your friends, I definitely have! Wish me luck getting an "A" on my project!
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