I have a question about size of cake for beer bucket. I am going to attach a pic of my last try on this and what a disaster it was. I think my cake was too small and when I put the bottles in it cracked and fell apart. What do you do, do you use dowels to support bottles or what? Any help would be appreciated.
The bottles should be hollow - I have done it without dowels on smaller versions - but I don't put the bottles in until I get to the party if I have to travel far, just because of bumps.
I do usually dowel the first layer just so I can take the cake apart and cut the bottom first with out disturbing the bottles. I also don't push the bottles in too far, twist them gently as you push them in and go slowly or it will crack.
I'm so sorry that happened to your cake!! Your bottles look great.
Also a quick apology to those of you who have PMed me in the past week or so - life has been crazy and I have not been able to answer. GOing to try to get to them all now.
I think this is a really cool idea - but I am sooo not getting it. Does anyone have a picture of their mold? It sounds like you're making a full 3D mold.... all around, but the bottom is hollow.... but I don't know how. I was thinking of ordering some of the liquid silicone plastique from Culinart.net - I know I have some other stuff of his - haven't used it yet, but I'm thinking that liquid stuff would be the easiest to use for this type of thing.
But how is the sugar bottle not solid? How do you get it to just be the sides? I guess I'm just a very visual person... I don't get it..... I'd really like to make one for a friend, so I'm trying to figure this out before June if anyone can help. I just can't see it in my mind!
Oh also can't figure out the bottlecaps... I saw someone ask that question but I never saw an answer
Here are some pics that might help. I used the silicone plastique for my bottle molds. I have two molds, but plan to make a third because I usually have enough sugar to mold 3 bottles at a time.
One of the pics is of what happens when your sugar is not at the right temp, but it also illustrates the shape of the molded bottle. The bottles should come to a point, as shown, so they don't crack the cake when inserted.