ace of cakes

Remember when I said I was going to make a cake that looks like this?

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!).

almost there...

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.
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67 comments:

Rose said...

Wow, that is AMAZING! I'm kind of scared to try using fondant, you did a great job!

The Gray Family said...

AMAZING!!!! Great Job!!!!

jessie rivers said...

i think it looks amazing!

michellejohnnie said...

That is an amazing cake! you captured the essence, definitely!

*sunchips* said...

Beautiful!

done by lena said...

wow! That is some piece of work!

Cathy said...

I am SO IMPRESSED!! I would not have attempted that in a million years. Kudos to you!!

followthisumbrella said...

Way to make an impression in your new place, winning the competition and all! I'm starting to notice that the successful crafters tend not to acknowledge any limits in ability as a reason to hold back - they just get an idea and go for it! Thanks for the inspiration...

The Loveridge Family said...

That cake looks awesome...great job!!!

Andrea said...

Ace of Cakes inspired me to try fondant, too! Great job on the cake; it looks FANTASTIC.

sue said...

holy moly girl you are talented!!!!

Erica said...

This is amazing! I'm impressed:-)

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

You did an amazing job!

Beth said...

I'm not LDS- but I understand the hard work of making a fancy cake like that!!!! I'm totally impressed!!!!
I haven't figured out the best way to use those bags yet either. I always want to overfill the bags. Less is better for the hand cramp situation and leakage issues, I've found.

LAURA said...

wow, that cake is fabulous!

hopeful #1 said...

Wow, what a great job!!! I'm impressed! I would never be able to tackle something like that. I can hardly make a double staked round cake. I mean....

Brittany Ann said...

I think it looks awesome, I'm totally impressed!

Lori Beth said...

Jill it looks AMAZING!! I can definitely see why you won. Great job! So impressed with all of your talents and enjoy getting to sneak a peek into your life.

Thelissa said...

A-MAZING!

Christina & Tyler said...

Wow! You have talent.

Ben KaShan Allysen Briggs said...

Wow this is amazing!!! I never knew you could make a cake substituting milk and butter for the oil and water..thank you for the tip. You do awesome stuff!!!

Angie said...

Very cool! And FYI- I asked my 2-yr-old what that cake was and she said "Temple!" Great job!

The Harris Family said...

Wow! It turned out so great. Congrats on winning that is awesome.

MaryAnne said...

Your cake is amazing!

Lena said...

I really need to learn how to do fondant. It would greatly improve my cake making. I think this was a tremendous undertaking, and you pulled it off spectacularly!

Colette said...

For our New Beginnings we had one of our young women make a temple cake that turned out pretty good. Luckily for us, though, our temple is the Mesa Temple, which is VERY conducive to cake making, since it's basically two cakes stacked. And no Moroni or steeple. I'm impressed. Way to go. :)

Sarah said...

Amazing!!

The Mecham Family said...

Love it! It's beautiful! I'm amazed at Moroni! Great job!!

michelle said...

Totally beautiful!! You should do a temple-making world tour. (Making cakes for all temples.)

Sarah (Team Chilton) said...

I love it! I like the last comment about a temple making tour. I think I'd only be able to handle the boxy ones like Hawaii and Mesa, AZ. You did an amazing job!

MusicalMom said...

Very impressive!

Diana said...

I'm not LDS, but I absolutely love this cake! Even if it doesn't match the vision in your head, you have to know that it looks fabulous. Way better than I could've done!

Anonymous said...

Of course you won! That is fabulous!

Trisha said...

Beautiful cake! Can you make the San Diego now?! Wondering if you have finished your quiet book. I wanted to see how you bound it.

Julie said...

Fantastic! I'm an architect and I love stuff like this. Amazing job!

Emily said...

Jill! This is Emily Hill (Ames now) from freshman year -- you are in the same ward as a friend that I grew up with -- in fact, both husband and wife are from the my home stake -- the Renshaws! I only knew because your cake made their blog(and your cake is AMAZING, by the way!) Oh my goodness, have you met them? You will love them:) My husband, baby, and I are in Santa Monica, just a couple hours south of you. what a small world!

The Rose Family said...

That is fantastic! You are amazing! What a great fondant job--that stuff scares the junk out of me! Congrats!

Melanie said...

This is amazing. I hope you savored every bite, considering the labor that went into it! LDS or not, that is an example to all of a craft master.

I missed the cake substitute part- milk? BUTTER? in the same measurements? I would much rather have milk and butter than water and oil! And another egg? Is that ALLOWED???

Can you tell I don't cook?

Sarah said...

Fantastic! Look how cute Moroni is!!

Danielle and the Boys said...

That is GORGEOUS! I'm pleased with myself when I get the boxed FUNFETTI cake to turn out-let alone something like this! :)

Thanks for sharing!

Tracie said...

That turned out great!! good job!

Mom2mykids said...

I love it!! Looks wonderful and makes me think about trying cakes again!

BHodges said...

Nicely done.

Korbi said...

Beautiful cake, but I have a quick question. I ordered the roses to make the rose earrings and I totally ordered the wrong size, what size are the ones that you made? thanks!

The Henrich Family said...

who's the big winner....JILL is the big winner! way to go Jill, fantastic job. Wish I could have had a taste. You are so awesome

Jill said...

Thanks, everyone! It was a fun cake to make. :)

Korbi - I bought 9mm and 10mm cabochons.

The Wentzell's said...

That has to be the coolest cake EVER!!! It makes me want to go out and buy fondont and try to bake a cake. I've never used fondont before. Very well done!!!!

Chalece said...

WOW, that is amazing, great job!

damselindisdress said...

My first visit to your site...sent over from a neato post on LiveJournal. Wow, what a cake! Great job.

http://damselindisdress.wordpress.com

Lynette Mills said...

I'm so glad I discovered your blog so that I could also make a comment! Thank you so much for contributing to our fun ward activity by bringing that fabulous cake. It was not only very amazing, it was also delicious! I had a piece!! We both had a successful night...your cake was a hit...and my activity was a hit!

the monkey's mama said...

I'm not an LDS reader but I am mad impressed with your handiwork! My grandma is a professional cake baker and loves to still enter cake contests (even at 80!)

Anyway, Congratulations on winning! You definitely deserved it!

Cassidy said...

That. Was. Awesome.
Way to go!

tammiemarie said...

You did a great job! I didn't know what it was, but you did capture the original quite well.

I'm with you on the claw hand, mine ache afterwards!

My only suggestion? (not that you asked...) Make your own fondant! It's super easy! Basically, you are melting marshmallows and then beating in powdered sugar. CakeCentral has several great recipes and even a tute! My main reason for making my own is taste, but it's also way easier to color it. Add in color while the marshmallows are melted and it just stirs in - as opposed to kneading it in. Give it a try sometime!

lera said...

That's the best.

LdsNana said...

When I got married, almost 31 years ago - a good friend of our family made us a model of the Los Angeles Temple, out of sugar cubes. It was amazing! It was a centerpiece at our reception:-)

This is an incredible endeavor -- and very well done. Congratulations!
tDMg
Kathryn

the mama monster said...

wow what an awesome cake and it totally does look like the temple! my grandma always uses the milk and butter subsitutes for cake and brownies and they turn out great.

emedoodle said...

Oh my! I absolutely LOVE IT!!! I'm not LDS... but my best friend is and we have planned to visit Nauvoo probably 10 times now. Since I live near Chicago which is much closer to it than Ohio (where she lives). Your cake representation is beautiful and I am loving the LDS lingo in the comments! I feel so included, knowing what a stake is and whatnot. I have been to many many ward activities with my friend and I'm glad you're involved! Awesome work!

Likes Chocolate said...

Your cake is amazing. You should be proud of yourself.

followthisumbrella said...

Thanks for the mention of the "yummy" way to make a box cake mix. I have never thought of using milk and butter before, but I tried it toniht with some yellow cupcakes and they were delicious, with a nice springy texture. I don't know if the substitutions had anything to do with the texture, but I do know I ate more cupcakes than normal. Let's just leave it at that.

Sod Fam said...

Hi Jill, I am Melanie's friend, Brooke. Nice job on the cake! That was quite the challenge. Well done!

Rena said...

WOW! Never before have I been so moved by a cake.

Amazing.

You need your own cake show.

Rena @ insertgracehere.com

Carissa said...

Wow! Great job! You are so talented!

Lyanna said...

Oh my word!! It is beautiful! I could never do something that looks that good!!!

Janice said...

Looks awesome Jill! Be careful, people might start asking you to make a cake that looks like "their" temple for their wedding reception! I have to make a 2D castle cake for my daughter in 2 weeks and am dreading the time/effort. Yikes!

Tierra said...

Awesome job! No wonder you won.

jezebelsk said...

What a super job!

Anonymous said...

We are officially impressed.

--Rose and Jonathan