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Happy Father's Day - The "Clicker" Cake 
Jun. 21, 2009 7:48 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2009 4:50 am
This will just be a quickie about my latest cake adventure and my first attempt at a completely fondant-covered cake. I decided to make a Father's Day cake for my husband. No ordinary cake would do. I Googled "Father's Day Cake" and a remote control brownie caught my eye. It was simply a frosted brownie with candies for the buttons. But it gave me the idea. I looked at my, errr, my HUSBAND's remote control and decided to copy it.

Step 1: I baked a regular (from the box, don't shoot me) 9 X 13 yellow cake. I did add some vanilla to the batter for more flavor. I did this 2 days ago and froze the cake until I could decorate it.

Step 2: I leveled it, cut it in half, flipped it over and arranged the pieces to make a 6 1/2 X 18 cake. I know, that really sounds like more than one step.

Step 3: I trimmed the corners round to make it look more like the shape of the remote.

Step 4: A crumb coat of Buttercream Icing, then another, thicker coat.

Step 5: Rolling out the Marshmallow Fondant and positioning it over the cake. It took me three tries, and the poor dog learned a few new words in the process, but I got it done. My kitchen may never be the same.

Step 6: After smoothing the fondant and trimming it close to the base of the cake, I did a dry run and laid out all the buttons and letters. (I had already cut these out and let them dry a little.) Then I used corn syrup and an artist's brush to glue the decorations on the cake.

Not bad for a first effort. Marshmallow Fondant has to be one of the most popular recipes on AR right now. It seems like every day there are several new pictures of the awesome creations people have made with this grown-up version of play clay.
The Inspiration - Ours is so worn out I had to find a picture on the internet!
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The Carving - This started out as a 9 X 13 cake.
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Mmmm. Buttercream Icing - Crumb coat and top coat.
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The Parts - These were cut out and allowed to dry a little before attaching.
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Fondant On - Finally, after three tries rolling it out!
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TA DA! Not bad next to the original, but MUCH larger and tastier!
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Jun. 21, 2009 8:02 pm
OMG Pam! This is too cute! You're cakes ALWAYS turn out fabulous. Hope everyone enjoyed it. Great job! :)
Jun. 21, 2009 8:07 pm
Boy are you fast! I just posted this! Thanks, Christina. It was very tasty, but we all ended up peeling off the fondant - a little too sweet in large quantities.
Jun. 21, 2009 8:52 pm
Wow. Very creative. I bet the whole family loved your gift. Good job!
Jun. 21, 2009 9:56 pm
Yes Pam, my family had the same reaction! Too sweet for their canned frosting taste. Cleaver idea with the remote. Now, your hubby will never put the cake down!! I added coconut flavoring to the cake and the family loved that part.well, what are you going to do? I guess I'll just stick with frosting:~~ Have a nice evening. Patty
Jun. 22, 2009 12:10 am
Fun cake, Pam - and beautiful job! Thanks for sharing. :)
Jun. 22, 2009 5:41 am
AWESOME! I've found I *like* the MMF better when I have a thick bc crumb coat and I've rolled the MMF very thin. I've watched a ton of MMF videos where thy make it look soooo easy and just roll the fondant onto their rolling pin and drape it over the cake...yeah, not so much for me! I've taken to rolling it on my largest cutting board, then simply inverting the board on to my cake to cover it...it works much better that way for me! Love the cake; awesome, as usual!
Jun. 22, 2009 6:25 am
I'm so totally impressed!!
Jun. 22, 2009 9:35 am
I'm bowing to the master. Your husband must think he won the lottery and you are the prize.
Jun. 22, 2009 10:04 am
i am so going to do this for a party my bf wants to have in early august - this will be a hit i am sure - besides i live across the street from a friend who is a great cake decorator
Jun. 22, 2009 11:06 am
You peeled the off the fondant?! I was fully prepared to not like the fondant based on what others have said, but I was surprised that I loved the marshmallow fondant! Your clicker cake is amazing, you are extremely talented, I always love seeing your photos!
Jun. 22, 2009 1:17 pm
Thanks everyone! Yes, we peeled it off. My family is picky, and I'm watching the calories (a little). I don't mind it, but it is really sweet. I did like it on the pig cookies I baked, though! My problem is every time I work with the stuff, I snack on it while I'm cutting it out. LOL
Jun. 22, 2009 3:27 pm
Another amazing cake...I am truly impressed.
Jun. 22, 2009 3:30 pm
Awesome idea!!!! And it looks great. Good job Pam! :)
Jun. 23, 2009 8:15 am
You are so creative! I may have to do this sometime. My husband carries the remote all over the house. Its as if it were glued to his hand. lol! Great pics.
Jun. 23, 2009 10:48 am
That is just TOO COOL!
Jun. 23, 2009 1:07 pm
Awesome cake, Pam!!!!! Job WELL done. love it!!!!! :)
Jun. 24, 2009 10:14 am
I bet he loved it! Good job!
Jun. 24, 2009 6:30 pm
That looks perfect! So creative.
Jun. 24, 2009 10:29 pm
WOW, awesome cake!
Jun. 25, 2009 4:44 am
What an imaginative idea! You're quite the artist with these cakes. I admire your ability to be so creative and have time to have a family to care for.
Jun. 25, 2009 11:57 am
I love your cakes, Pam! (And thanks for the suggestion to add the link to the Marshmallow Fondant recipe to one of our cake-decorating articles; it should show up later today or tomorrow.)
Jun. 25, 2009 7:49 pm
Thanks everyone! Frances, I'm really glad the article will have the link added. That recipe has been so HOT on this site lately! Those articles are very informative!
Jun. 26, 2009 5:08 am
I love your patriotic cupcakes. How did you add the color to the swirl icing?
Jun. 27, 2009 4:50 am
Suebabe - One of my blog posts is on that exact subject. Here's the link (or you can click on "view blog" above. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/1924217/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=98311
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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