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Tardis cake - easy way?

post #1 of 21
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I have a friend who requested a Tardis cake for her husband's birthday. The cake is only for 8 people, but the amount of work for a 3D sculpted cake like that really drove the price up, so she is asking if I could just do a Tardis cake topper and Dr. Who logo instead to save time and money. I was thinking of doing a RKT Tardis topper, but I don't see how that will really save her much over me just doing the entire 3D cake. Do you guys have any thoughts on a quick and easy way to do something like that? I'm not convinced that a gumpaste topper will be any better.

I sort of think she's asking for the impossible, but I thought I'd at least throw this out there and see if you guys have any tricks up your sleeves. Thanks!!
post #2 of 21
Have you worked with modeling chocolate before? If I were making a topper, that's probably what I would use for the topper and the logo.
post #3 of 21
One of the cake artists on Fabulous Cakes did a Dr Who cake recently with the Tardis on the top. Can't remember which one it was. Maybe the one whose shop was called The Butter End. Anyway, maybe you can run the show online and see how she made it.
post #4 of 21
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Thanks Cupadee! No, I haven't worked with modeling chocolate, but I seem to have everything on hand to make a batch. Well, I *say* that. Could I color white almond bark since Tardis is actually blue? I guess I could play around with it since I still have about ten days before it's due.

Jeartist, I tried to find that episode of Fabulous Cakes, but I didn't run across a video of the episode. Thanks for the suggestion, I may keep looking.

I think the bigger problem is that she wants something she's not able or willing to pay for. Any of these techniques will require more work than just a plain ole' cake, and that's where I think the problem lies. (She even suggested using a cardboard cutout for Tardis - was she joking?)
post #5 of 21
I've been wanting to do a Tardis cake for some time...so I've put a bit of thought into it. I don't think it requires much sculpting...it's a box. But it would take a lot of detail work to make it nice, so you're right about the time there. What about a royal icing plaque on a sheet cake? I think you're right that it's a price issue...maybe that'd be a more affordable option.
post #6 of 21
Don't we all have the problem of people wanting cakes they can't pay for?! I really like for my cakes to be all edible, but I'm not willing to go broke painstakingly recreating some object for free. In these cases, I suggest to the client that they could perhaps buy a toy or model and I will use that as a topper. They can even keep it and play with it afterwards. Tell them it will be a keepsake of their awesome birthday cake!

Having said that, there are occasions where I have let my foolish heart override my business brain and made something I really wanted to make for less money just for my experience / portfolio.
post #7 of 21
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HeyJules, you are right. I don't think it would require much sculpting per se (I was just going to cut a sheet cake into squares and stack them), but it's the detail on the outside that will take time. Too, I think she must be convinced that surely there's a way to make something 3D or at least upright for really cheap (thus the cardboard comment).

And yes Cupadee, I was initially pretty excited about doing such a cool cake, but when she decided that my price was too high, I figured it wasn't really worth it for me. I didn't even know what Tardis was until she asked for it.

Is the modeling chocolate easy to work with? The recipe I saw for it called for corn syrup and chocolate chips. If I used white chocolate chips, could I color that with my Americolor gels, or do I have to buy the powders? I'm just not interested in going to any further expense on this.

Thanks guys!!
post #8 of 21
Personally, I would do a 2D Tardis, and use it as a deco on the side of a round cake. I'd do a couple of other Dr. Who items (A Dalek, a bow tie,...) as well. Would this be within budget? It would be a somewhat comic book effect if done right.

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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by GarciaGM


Is the modeling chocolate easy to work with? The recipe I saw for it called for corn syrup and chocolate chips. If I used white chocolate chips, could I color that with my Americolor gels, or do I have to buy the powders? I'm just not interested in going to any further expense on this.



I love working with it! It rolls out and molds a lot like fondant. You can cut shapes out of it. Pop it in the freezer for a few minutes and it gets hard and stiff. At room temp, thicker pieces will hold its shape well, but still be pliable. Smaller, thinner pieces will be very flexible, but it won't pull out of shape. You can color your chocolate beforehand with gel colors, but certain colors (like red / black) I use powder color because too much color will cause it to be runny.

I must admit that I'm not a Dr Who fan, but my DH is, and he would want me to make it just so he could help make the TARDIS.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by karensjustdessert

Personally, I would do a 2D Tardis, and use it as a deco on the side of a round cake. I'd do a couple of other Dr. Who items (A Dalek, a bow tie,...) as well. Would this be within budget? It would be a somewhat comic book effect if done right.

(I love Dr. Who!!!)



That's a neat idea too! Bowties are cool.
post #11 of 21
Personally I always wanted to do a Tardis cake! Make a big 2 teired cake blue iced cake (nothing fancy for decor) and hide it in the kitchen. The make a cupcake with no wrapper and ice it in a real simple blue with darker windows. Present the cupcake and then take it in the kitchen to cut it. Bring out full size slices and declare it was bigger on the inside! icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 21
Does it have to be a 3-D cake? What if you made it flat?

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post #13 of 21
I made a small Tardis for my husband and sister-in-law's birthday. I made several 4" squares and stacked as a rectangle. Instead of making it tall, I laid it out like a long rectangle. I only put detail work into the top side which saved time ($) and made the pieces out of fondant.
post #14 of 21
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2145520 Benja googled the signs and printed them on normal paper. Maybe it would be ok as a topper made from RKT along with the Dalek and bow tie? Love the cupcake idea by the way...!!
post #15 of 21

I too have been asked to make a Tardis cake for an 18th Birthday celebration. The customer says it is for only 10 people. I was thinking of doing a 6" square or an 8" square. I have never made a cake of this magnitude or detail before, and have no idea how to price something like this. Any advice??? I was thinking of using fondant, since I have never used sculpting chocolate for anything but flowers. HELP!!!

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