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Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake

Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - finished cake
This is a super cool cake you can make at home with a few fun techniques. It's a bowl of ramen with chopsticks that appear to be suspended in the air. You don't need too many obscure items to make this yourself. Making it will save you literally hundreds of dollars as these fun types of cakes don't come cheap from the specialists.
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Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - finished cakeThis is a super cool cake you can make at home with a few fun techniques. It's a bowl of ramen with chopsticks that appear to be suspended in the air. You don't need too many obscure items to make this yourself. Making it will save you literally hundreds of dollars as these fun types of cakes don't come cheap from the specialists. Have fun with this edible craft!

I made this cake quite big, using two times my recipe for lemon cake and two pounds of fondant. You can make this with half of all of that, if desired.

Total Time: 3-4 hours

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Supplies:

  • cake mix
  • parchment paper
  • hemisphere baking pan
  • offset spatula or knife
  • 1 lb frosting or ganache
  • 2 drinking straws
  • tape
  • scissors
  • pair of chopsticks
  • food colouring (red, yellow, green, brown)
  • 2 lb white fondant
  • fondant extruder with string tip
  • knife or scissors
  • rolling pin and board/mat
  • new paintbrush

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven and make your cake batter with your favourite recipe. I made fresh lemon cake.
  2. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - lemon cake batter in a bowl
     
  3. Line your hemisphere baking pan with a criss-cross of parchment paper. This is so you can easily pull the cake out when baked.
  4. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - criss cross of parchment paper in a hemisphere cake pan
     
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  5. Pour in the batter. Bake to recipe directions. I made a double recipe so it took a while to bake. At the last 30 minutes, I loosely tented it with foil and lowered the temperature from 350 to 315. This ensures even baking for this particular shape and size.
  6. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - add batter
     
  7. Do a toothpick test, then remove from oven when ready. Allow cake to rest until it cools a bit, then flip onto a large plate, board, or tray.
  8. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - bake, cool, and flip out onto a large tray or plate
     
  9. Now flip over right side up onto a platter. Cover sides and top with icing or ganache.
  10. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - flip right side up and cover with icing or ganache
     
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  11. To make the noodles, take 2/3 of the white fondant and add a couple drops of yellow food colouring. Roll around on a board or mat until the colour is uniform.
  12. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - wad of white fondant with yellow food coloring added to make noodles
     
  13. Take a small amount of the noodle-coloured fondant and roll it around until pliable. You can also pop it in the microwave for 7-10 seconds to help soften it. This should be done in tiny batches. Push through the fondant extruder to make some noodles. Play noodle strands on top of cake in the center.
  14. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - push small batches of yellow fondant through fondant extruder
     
  15. Tape two straws together side by side. Punch little holes on only one side of the straws, then push the chopsticks in from the top, diagonally going down through the holes. They will stand by themselves.
  16. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - push chopsticks through the end and the hole on one side of each of the two straws
     
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  17. Push straws into the center of the cake to stand them up. Mark how much you will need to cover in noodle-coloured fondant.
  18. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - push straws into the cake and note how much needs to be covered with fondant
     
  19. Roll out a bit of the noodle-coloured fondant quite thin. You will only need to cut off enough to wrap around the exposed straws once.
  20. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - thinly roll out noodle colored fondant
     
  21. Wrap the fondant around the straws tightly, then squeeze fondant end into itself to seal.
  22. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - wrap a piece once around each straw
     
  23. Stand the fondant-covered straws back into the center of the cake, then pierce the chopsticks back into the holes, through the fondant.
  24. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - push straws back into the cake and replace straws
     
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  25. Push out more noodles with the extruder and drape them over the chopsticks, wrapping them down the covered straw.
  26. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - make more noodles and drape and wrap around the straws
     
  27. Continue wrapping with noodles until you can no longer see the flat fondant stand. Make more noodles for the rest of the cake.
  28. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - continue wrapping until fondant covering the straws is completely covered, add more noodles to top of cake
     
  29. Squeeze out a bit of brown food colouring into a small dish. This will be to paint on your ramen soup broth.
  30. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - a bit of brown food coloring for the broth
     
  31. Use your paintbrush to dab on the brown food colouring around the top, almost to the lip of the bowl.
  32. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - apply brown with the paint brush
     
  33. To make the hardboiled egg halves, you will need to make some yellow fondant. Add a few drops of yellow in a small amount of white fondant and squish until the colour is consistent.
  34. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - preparing fondant to make boiled eggs
     
  35. Form an egg shape with some white fondant, then slice in half. Roll the yellow fondant into a ball, slice in half, then press into the white egg oval half. Repeat.
  36. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - pressing yellow fondant onto white half boiled egg shape
     
  37. Place the egg halves on the noodles in the bowl.
  38. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - put eggs on the noodles
     
  39. To make the fishcake slice, make another oval slice from the white fondant. Take a bit of white fondant and add some red food colouring to it. Squish until uniform in colour, then roll into a thin rope.
  40. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - white fondant oval and thin string of pink for making fish cake
     
  41. Add the roll of pink fondant in a swirl shape to the center of the white oval. Flatten.
  42. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - fish cake slice
     
  43. To make cooked carrots, add a drop of red and a drop of pink to white fondant and squish until uniform. Cut into elongated triangles.
  44. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - cutting elongated triangles of fondant to form carrots
     
  45. Place carrots onto noodles, then use a knife to score little lines on top of them.
  46. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - carrots on top of noodled, being scored with a knife
     
  47. Add a bit of brown food colouring on the scores to imitate them being cooked.
  48. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - touch a bit of the brown food coloring to the scored lines on the carrots
     
  49. To make the meat slices, mix the smallest amount of brown food colouring into the white fondant. Squish together but only to marble it. Roll out flat.
  50. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - marbled white fondant with brown color to create the meat slices
     
  51. Cut into crescent shapes, then paint the sides brown with the food colouring.
  52. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - cut crescents for the meat slices and color the edges with brown food color
     
  53. Place meat slices onto the noodles.
  54. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - meat slices standing up in noodle bowl
     
  55. To make the scallions, add a couple drops of green food colouring to the fondant and squish until almost uniform, a bit marbled. Flatten.
  56. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - fondant dyed green for the scallions
     
  57. Cut out tiny strips, then troll them into rings. Rolling them around a toothpick or dowel could be helpful.
  58. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - cut the flattened green fondant into thin strips and then roll into rings around a dowel or toothpick
     
  59. Place scallions on noodles and other items. Add a couple more noodles on the broth as a finishing touch. Get ready to wow your friends and family!
  60. Gravity-Defying Ramen Cake - adding a few more noodles around the edge of the bowl
     
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