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I am Ann Reardon Today I can’t hold it back anymore you’ve
been asking for an Disney Frozen Elsa cake so here it is.
Firstly to make this cake you are going to need one and a half of the rich chocolate
cake, the recipe video for that is on the website howtocookthat.net and I’ll link to
the recipe in the description below. Bake it into two 20cm round tins and one 1L
heat proof bowl. That you’ve greased before you pour the mixture in. And bake for around
45 minutes or until cooked all the way through. Then let those cool and level off the top
of the round cakes using a knife or a cake leveler.
Then take the bowl shaped one and cut it into two layers. Cover the hair of your Elsa doll in plastic
wrap to stop it from getting cake in the hair and also cover the waist and legs to protect
the joints from getting frosting stuck in them.
Then take a cake board and put a smear of icing on it to stop the cake from slipping
off. And then add your first layer of cake right over close to one edge leaving about
a 1 cm or 1/2 inch gap between the edge of the cake board.
Cover that in a layer of frosting and then add the other round cake on top. And I am
using my chocolate buttercream recipe for this one and that recipe is on the blog post
as well for you. Then add the base of the bowl part and then
cover that with more frosting and again putting it over to one side of the rounded cake.
Then put the rounded bowl part on top of that. Now we want our doll to sit towards the front
of the bowl shape so take your knife and cut down to the base so that you cut out a rectangle
shape. Then take a fork and scoop all of that excess
cake out of the middle. Now push your doll down into the cake so that
you can still see the hip joints. We want to carve the cakes so that it is smooth
at the front and the sides. And then we want to carve the back to make
it less bowl shaped. So just cut it down there and more like a flowing fabric dress.
Use more frosting and some of your off-cuts to build up the gap that’s just between the
round cakes and the bowl shape there. And then continue to shave off little slices
at a time until you’ve got a nice smooth rounded dress shape.
Then cover the whole cake in frosting. Bringing it up to a point around that super-skinny
waist. Once it is completely covered take a strip of bendy plastic and use it to smooth
out the frosting. You can get this plastic from craft stores or office supply stores
as projector sheets or document covers. Now that you have your doll with a flat dress
at the front and a big billowing skirt out the back. Place it in the fridge for about
half an hour. Roll out some blue fondant in a big circle
and place it over the top of the doll with her hands up. Arrange the creases of fondant
evenly around the dress so that we’ve got the nice folds going all the way around it
and squeeze it in at the waist. Continue to arrange it until you are happy
with it trim off the excess going out and around each of those folds so that the edge
of the dress is not straight but more just like flowing fabric flowing down there. Make sure it is pinched in at the waist there
and then cut off the excess. Then use your fingers to smooth the fondant in to the doll
shape so you don’t have like a bump at the waist. So it is smooth going into the doll.
Roll out some white fondant really thinly and cut into a ribbon shape like this. Place the arms in the right position and then
place this over the front arm so that the join is going to be underneath so that it
is not so visible. Then trim it at the wrist to make it into
a point at the back of her hand. And then using your finger just smooth out that join
in the fondant. Where it meets the shoulder there just trim
it down towards the middle. Then cut another rectangle and repeat that
on the other arm that it pointing straight up.
Again wrapping it around so the join is at the back of the cake and then smooth it with
your finger. Now take a strip of white, cut out a semi
circle where each underarm is and place it across the top of the chest and around the
back. Then trim the front into a v shape neckline
just using your knife. Roll out some very thin blue fondant and then
trim it so it looks like a long rectangle with a love heart stuck in the centre.
Place that over the body, wrap it around the back, trim off one side using scissors, line
up the other side and trim it off too so that it looks like a straight join on the back
of her dress. Next make a mini rectangle cookie cutter and
push it into the bodice just to give it that texture.
And you can see how to make your own cookie cutter on the ipad cake video and I’ll link
to that one at the end of this video or you can watch it on the howtocookthat channel
after this one. Continue to press it in all over the body
until you’ve got that texture over the whole area. Then take some white luster dust and using
a dry paint brush, brush dust over the whole body section and you can put it over the arms
as well so it gives it a bit of that shine. And then to give some faint stripes on the
skirt just tap the brush to let some of the dust fall on the top section of the skirt
and then take your dry brush and brush it straight down the dress. Then take a fine
paintbrush and add a few more thinner lines around the base of the dress using that fine
paint brush. Now for the beautiful draping back part of
the dress. Take a sheet of non-stick baking paper, place
it on the back of the doll and draw the shape that you want the cape to be. Then scrunch up some paper towel into tubes
that are narrower and firm at the top and more billowing at the bottom. And rest them
on the back of the skirt. This is going to hold the cape off the dress while the cape
is setting and while it’s hot so that it is not going to effect the fondant.
Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan until it dissolves then wash down the sides of the
pan with a wet pastry brush and let it boil until it just starts to go golden. Remove
it from the heat and stir in a tiny bit of blue colouring.
Immediately pour out over your template and use a knife just to make it into shape. Now
I’ve put mine on a cutting board covered in a tea towel here so that it doesn’t cool down
really fast. If you have a cold bench top then I suggest that you do that as well. And
you want to let it cool for just a moment but not too much. If you pick it up straight
away it will be runny and it will all drain off. But if you leave it too long it is going
to set and you’re not going to be able to shape it. Lift it up and hold it across the top back
of the dress where you want it to join on. Quickly adjust the way it is sitting and then
hold it. Just be patient and hold it still while it is starting to set. If you need to
trim off some off the bottom. Using an oiled knife just press it down around the base before
it sets hard. Leave it for about another 10 minutes it should
be able to hold itself firmly enough but we just want it to be completely cooled. And
then you can peel off the non-stick baking paper and remove the paper towel. Use some royal icing across the back of the
dress and some on the base of the cape to ensure that it does not slip off the cake
when you are moving it to the table. Now this sugar cape will absorb moisture from the air
so if you are not using the cake the same day place this cape part in an airtight container
and only add it a few hours before you are serving the cake.
Using the royal icing pipe some snowflakes onto the base of the cape. Add more royal
icing around the base to cover the whole cake board.
Add a snowflake to her hand and some more around the base of the dress. I’ll do a little
bonus video for you seperatley this week to show you how to make those snowflakes.
I have also added some wire to her hair to make it stick out on the angle like it does
on the poster. Then put on the let it go song and serve up
slices of your Elsa cake. And it’s a delicious moist chocolate cake that will delight all
the little girls who see it. Subscribe to How To Cook That for more cake
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in the comments below. Have a great week and I’ll see you Friday.
[music: The Boat Song by youtube.com/setsailtv used with permission]