Ok this will be my last cake post of this year. I'm ending it with the best cake I've made to date!
My husband's birthday is 2 days before Christmas. I have always made sure we kept it a separate event and tried to make it fun for him. This year I had a party for him with a lot of our friends. I saved up cash for months to buy him a pool table. I managed to find a great deal on one during the black Friday sale. I was so excited and managed to hide it from him for a month!!
I wanted his cake to go along with his gift. So I started researching pics of pool table cakes other people had made. I found a few of them that I liked and thought I could use. See when I make a cake I like to get ideas from other pics and create. I don't try to replicate what other people have done, just parts of what other people have done.
So back to my cake. I had this idea to make a pool table with balls, a cue stick and some chalk. I wanted it to look as realistic as possible. Here is what I came up with.
I made a double layer German chocolate cake with coconut pecan filling (that's tradition for his birthday). I baked it the night before and put it in the freezer. That way it would be ready for me to decorate. Once I had the two layers trimmed up, I put the filling in the middle and put them together. Then I made my fondant and pulled off sections to color and get ready. I next took some gumballs and covered them in fondant to match pool balls. I cut out little white circles to write the numbers on later. While those set I covered the cake with homemade white frosting so it would be able to hold the fondant on the cake. Once that was done I rolled out a layer of light brown fondant and covered my cake with it. As that set I rolled out strips of fondant to look like the raised edges of a pool table. Once they were on the cake I covered them with short layers of fondant so they would blend. Then I rolled out green fondant and cut it to fit the top (a friend showed me how to make it fit right and still hold it's shape). Once that was done, I cut out 6 circles for the ball holes.
My friend who has made cakes for years came over to help me for an hour. She made the pool cue for me by covering a dowel with fondant. She also helped me put the final dark edges to give the table a more real look. Then I put the black holes in place and scattered the balls around the table.
I am so happy with the final product. This was the hardest cake I have ever made, but it was so much fun! A lot of our friends thought I had it professionally made. At first I was offended, but I realized it was actually a complement. Thanks guys!!