I (sort of) did it! I may or may not have made some serious structural changes and left off lots of details (like most of the windows), but the point is, I captured the essence of the Nauvoo Temple. :)
No tutorial for this, but here is a look at the progress in photos:
Notice how the bottom two layers look good, and the top two look saggy and undercooked? I prefer to call that "moist."
At this point, I was seriously questioning my judgment. Looks like a disaster in the making.
Fondant helps! It went a bit easier than last time.
Frosting bags are the worst. I am just not good at using them. Frosting always comes out of both ends, and I get claw-hand. I prefer to use the metal syringe kind (someday I will rescue mine from storage!).
Ta-Da! The writing around the cake says, "Build a house to my name, for the Most High to dwell therein," which is part of Doctrine & Covenants 124:27.
So, like I said ... not exactly a replica, and it doesn't match the vision in my head, but it is recognizable. I am satisfied. Tonight it received a few oohs and ahhs, won the competition, and then was gobbled up.
Supplies used for this cake:
- 2 French Vanilla cake mixes, prepared the delicious way - substitute milk and melted butter for the water and oil, and add an extra egg. Each was baked in a large cookie sheet pan.
- 2 1 lb. boxes of ready to use fondant
- 2 batches of buttercream frosting
- 1 batch of royal icing
- 1 decorative wooden spool (random, I know - I used it inside the steeple to keep the shape)
- 1 wooden skewer
- black food coloring
- round wilton cut outs
- wilton's metallic shimmer powder
To all of my non-LDS readers, this post probably makes little sense to you. Sorry! I now return to my regularly scheduled, non-religious crafting.