With the excitement surrounding Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland film, there's a renewed interest in all things Alice in Wonderland. Because of the fanciful nature of the story and setting, Alice offers numerous creative options for cake decorating. From the Mad Tea Party to the hurried flight of the White Rabbit, cakes based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will be a sure hit.
Mad Tea Party Cake
One of the most memorable scenes in the story of Alice in Wonderland is Alice's encounter with the Mad Hatter at the Mad Tea Party. To create this scene, begin with a basic sheet cake covered in patchwork patterned fondant sheets. To create the pattern fondant, use a square fondant cutter and cut out approximately 50 uniform squares of fondant in various colours. Once all the squares have been cut, place the squares side-by-side in alternating rows of colours to form a sheet of fondant. As you place the squares, keep in mind that the fondant should be large enough to cover your sheet cake in both length and width. Use a fondant roller to blend the squares together and make one uniform sheet.
Once the patchwork quilt fondant has been set, prepare your sheet cake to accept the fondant by spreading a layer of buttercream icing over the cake. Drape the patchwork fondant sheet over the sheet cake to create the tablecloth. Pinch the fondant along the sides of the cake to create the folds of a tablecloth. With the tablecloth in place, create the tea party set from gum paste and edible modelling clay using whimsical colours such as pastel green, hot pink and bright yellow. Be sure to create the Mad Hatter's hat to sit in the centre of the table.
Alice in Wonderland Book Cake
One of Wilton's standard-shaped cake pans is the book cake pan. This pan creates a cake that is shaped like an open book. Using the base shape of the cake, recreate a copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Use inkjet printable shrink plastic to create illustrations for the book that can be placed on top of the frosting as cake toppers.
The White Rabbit's Stopwatch Cake
Recreate the White Rabbit's stopwatch by baking two basic round cakes. With icing sandwiched between the two cakes, place the cakes together and cover with yellow frosting. Roll out a sheet of white fondant and cut out a circle that is one inch smaller than the circumference of the cake. Place the white circle on top of the yellow frosted cake and, using black writing gel, write the clock numbers on the white fondant. Craft the clock dials out of black fondant and place on top of the white fondant so the dials are pointing to a number significant to the recipient of the cake.