No party is complete without dessert, and an Oscar night party is no exception to this rule. Celebrate the awards with a cake that is sure to wow your guests and match the excitement of the big night. If you're serving a large crowd, consider making multiple cakes with different cake and frosting flavours to suit everyone's tastes.
Film Reel Cake
Decorate a single layer round cake to look like a film reel or create several film reels to represent Academy-nominated movies and feed all of your guests. The key is to use the cake as the centre of the reel and sandwich it between two cake boards that are slightly larger than the cake. You can cover the cake boards with rolled fondant to disguise them and create the filmstrip to cover the side of the cake from fondant as well. Pipe the name of the film on the centre of each reel, if desired.
Dress your cake in a formal wear to celebrate Oscar night in style. You can use a round or square cake but a cake baked in a heart-shaped pan will provide the perfect form for your fondant tux. When your cake is completely cool, cover it with a layer of frosting and a layer of chocolate fondant rolled approximately 1/8-inch thin. Smooth down the fondant and add a strip of white fondant to the centre of the cake to mimic the shirt beneath the tuxedo. Add strips of chocolate fondant to create the lapels of the jacket and a bow tie cut from the remaining chocolate fondant. If you would like to make a black tuxedo rather than a chocolate tuxedo, knead black food colouring paste into the chocolate fondant before you begin to decorate the cake. Place a buttercream rose or an edible flower on one lapel to finish your tuxedo cake.
Cover your cake with Oscar gold by sprinkling on edible glitter or gold dust. Look for the gold dust in cake decorating stores or the cake decorating aisle of craft and big box stores. Make sure that the gold is safe for consumption before you use it to cover your cake. You can decorate any shape or size of cake with the sparkling gold sugar to wow your guests. If you would like to cover the cake with a gold-tinted icing before adding the glitter, mix a small amount of brown food colouring into yellow-tinted icing to create a warm gold colour.
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