L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" continues to occupy a special place in many people's hearts. The iconic characters and scenes from the story make for delightful and instantly recognisable cake decorating inspirations. Choose a theme for your cake that reflects your favourite elements of the story, as well as one that will fit your budget and level of skill as a decorator.
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If you have some skill with cake carving and shaping, a cake in the shape of a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers is the perfect Oz novelty offering. Use a dense cake recipe; keep the heels of the slipper thick and low for the best structural integrity.
Alternately, place two smaller shoes on a round cake pedestal. Make them from fondant or gum paste rather than cake. To decorate, use a layer of red icing covered in a coat of edible red sparkles.
Yellow Brick Road
A yellow brick road cake requires little fancy architecture or advanced artistic skill. Make a green cake to represent Oz's grassy plains; add a yellow brick road. For best effect, make the spiral-shaped beginning of the road as it appears in Munchkinland. Use yellow frosting. Give the road some texture using fondant or some yellow candy, such as taffy. These materials will allow you to create indentations to represent brick shapes.
There are several different cake designs you can create based on the image of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion linking arms and travelling together. Use a movie still or illustration to get a printed cake transfer made, or you can also do your own flat design. For something with more dimensions, mould the characters from gum paste or fondant. You can even combine this design with a flat yellow brick road cake.
For something a little more avante garde, consider a cake made to look like the Emerald City. The art-deco style, rounded-top spires of the Emerald City (as seen from a distance) create a complex cake design, but they form a shape that would leave plenty to eat for everyone. For the best structural design, don't build each spire individually. Instead, decorate and carve a larger central section to look like it's made out of separate pieces. Also, don't try to make the city as complex as it looks in the movie; if you do fewer, large cylindrical sections, it will still look good.
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