Gravity-Defying Ramen 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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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. Have fun with this edible craft!
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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

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. Line your hemisphere baking pan with a criss-cross of parchment paper. This is so you can easily pull the cake out when baked.
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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Now flip over right side up onto a platter. Cover sides and top with icing or ganache.
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  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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  12. Push straws into the center of the cake to stand them up. Mark how much you will need to cover in noodle-coloured fondant.
  13. 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.
  14. Wrap the fondant around the straws tightly, then squeeze fondant end into itself to seal.
  15. Stand the fondant-covered straws back into the center of the cake, then pierce the chopsticks back into the holes, through the fondant.
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  17. Push out more noodles with the extruder and drape them over the chopsticks, wrapping them down the covered straw.
  18. Continue wrapping with noodles until you can no longer see the flat fondant stand. Make more noodles for the rest of the cake.
  19. Squeeze out a bit of brown food colouring into a small dish. This will be to paint on your ramen soup broth.
  20. Use your paintbrush to dab on the brown food colouring around the top, almost to the lip of the bowl.
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  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Place the egg halves on the noodles in the bowl.
  25. 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.
  26. Add the roll of pink fondant in a swirl shape to the center of the white oval. Flatten.
  27. 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.
  28. Place carrots onto noodles, then use a knife to score little lines on top of them.
  29. Add a bit of brown food colouring on the scores to imitate them being cooked.
  30. 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.
  31. Cut into crescent shapes, then paint the sides brown with the food colouring.
  32. Place meat slices onto the noodles.
  33. To make the scallions, add a couple drops of green food colouring to the fondant and squish until almost uniform, a bit marbled. Flatten.
  34. Cut out tiny strips, then troll them into rings. Rolling them around a toothpick or dowel could be helpful.
  35. 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!
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