Serve a homemade movie reel cake at an Oscar party or surprise your favourite film critic with one on his birthday. Personalise the cake by writing the recipient's name or favourite movie on the top of the cake with decorating icing. Add to the presentation factor of your cake by serving it with sweet toffee popcorn or popular movie snacks.
Round Movie Reel Cake
Transform a one or two layer round cake into a movie reel cake for a small gathering. Tint icing with black food colouring to create grey or black icing for the outside of your movie reel. Add black food colouring to chocolate icing to create black icing. It may not be possible to tint white icing past a dark grey colour using liquid food colouring. Frost the top and sides of the round cake with your icing. Cut circles from rolled fondant to decorate the top of the cake and make it look like a movie reel. Once you are happy with the top of the cake, press the edible filmstrip (see Filmstrip Ideas) of your choice onto the side of the cake for the finishing touch.
Use long, flat candies such as Fruit by the Foot or Bubble Tape to create quick and easy filmstrips for your cake. Unwrap the fruit snack or gum and press it into the side of the freshly frosted cake. Make a more realistic filmstrip by rolling out black fondant and cutting it into a narrow strip long enough to fit around the movie reel. Cut squares from white fondant and place them along the black strip. Brush a little water onto the back of each white square to help secure it to the black fondant. If you want to create a very realistic and impressive movie reel cake, print scenes from your favourite movies small enough to fit on each white square of fondant. Sandwich each photo between two pieces of clear tape and attach the photos to the fondant with icing.
Movie Reel Mini-Cakes
Prepare roll-out sugar cookie dough using your favourite recipe or Wilton's sugar cookie recipe (see Resources). Roll the dough out approximately 1/8-inch thick and use a large round cookie cutter to cut the cookie dough into circles. Bake the cookies and allow them to cool completely. Frost the top and bottom of each cookie and cover the frosting with an 1/8-inch thick layer of rolled fondant tinted black or grey with gel food colouring. These cookies will form the top and bottom of each miniature movie reel. Cut a two-inch-high baked and cooled cake into circles using the same round cookie cutter. Frost the top, bottom and sides of each cake circle and sandwich it between two of the fondant covered cookies. Apply one of the filmstrip ideas to the side of each reel. These miniature cakes can be served individually or scattered across the top of a large sheet cake to feed a crowd.
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