Smoke and Mirrors

This week was definitely a cake week. This year has been busy, so all birthday celebrations have been pretty belated. This one was for Ghiya’s birthday, which was the beginning of September. We conveniently celebrated right before September ended, to catch the end of the birthday month. Ghiya loves tigers and hookah. Which one would be more fun to make? Hookah, definitely.

Surprisingly, there was a severe lack of Hookah cakes on the internet to go off of. So we improvised! I had my sphere cake mold (which has proven to come in handy. . .) and some ingenuity, and lots of candy!!!!

 Candy… the building blocks of a great cake.

 Here we have my lovely hand model Lauren making a square piece for the pattern on the hookah. It’s made out of a rolled-out red starburst.

 And here is Megan, following suit with the round cutter.

This is the pattern laid out, before being applied to the sphere. Such careful planning on the ladies’ part!

I skipped ahead with photos, but here is the pattern on the bottom of the hookah (the giant sphere of cake covered in blue fondant).

Now, let me backtrack. Here is the naked cake. Chocolate all the way. Anyone who knows Ghiya knows she always has a box of Lindt or Godiva truffles on hand. So you have the two hemispheres, the king-sized cupcake (in the ziplock baggie), and me holding the infamous donettes. We are trying to visualize the finished cake here…

So, that king-sized cupcake? Here he is, covered in some tan fondant with a ribbon of blue at the bottom, which will be the “transition” area between the big globe and the rest of it. See below.

So, the partially completed blue sphere and the cupcake, under attack!!! Actually, making the hole for the dowel that will hold up the entire structure.

The dowel.

Now we just pop on some donnettes. It’s like stringing fruit loops on floss for a Christmas chain! Sorta…

Here’s the complete stack up. The top part is actually a donnette surounded by fondant, molded to look like a cup.

Next feat: figuring out how to attach the ‘pipe,’ or the cherry pull n’ peel twizzlers. They are pretty heavy, so we had to think of a way to support them. We had leftover dowel, so shoved that in at a hookah-esque angle.

And, since I’m a craftsy packrat and tend to pick up random things here and there, found a boba straw among my yogurtland spoon collection. Since it’s fatter than most, it fit well over the 5/16″ dowel, almost perfectly. Leaving this a little longer, I was able to tuck the twizzler into the end, then position it so it so the dowel supported the straw and the weight.

Lighting the birthday Hookah!

I wrote on the little pan thing “Happy Birthday Ghiya” in silver paint pen, but it didn’t turn out so bold.

Oh, so here’s what a hookah should look like. To be honest, I had to refer to photos quite a bit to get the shape down…. close enough? 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Smoke and Mirrors

  1. This is amazing. I would love to do this for my other half as a surprise but wouldn’t know where to start. Help!

    Candy xx

    • Hi Candy,
      There are definitely short-cuts for this cake if you are feeling intimidated by the baking part, and the rest is just assembly and decoration!
      Here’s a list of the basics (things that you should get to make your life easier with this project):
      – Sphere baking pan (sold online or at craft stores like Michaels) it’s by Wilton
      – Rolling pin of some sort (plastic works better than wood, which can leave marks in fondant)
      – Cookie cutters (small ones with basic shapes)
      – Fondant smoother (Michaels)
      – Pre-made fondant (you can buy this at craft stores as well, in whatever color you want so you won’t have to dye it)
      – A box of cake mix (1 box = 1 sphere)
      – Pre-made frosting (this is tricky, because the kind you get in the cake aisle at the grocery store isn’t necessarily the best… if you have a specialty cake store that sells buttercream, that would be best, but you can definitely make do with the Pillsbury or Duncan Hines)
      – A dowel (I used 3/8″, from Michaels)
      – Stackable edible components (like the mini donuts in this case)
      – Powdered sugar

      Basic directions:
      1. Bake the sphere cake according to the directions on the pan box.
      Tips on how to bake the sphere: DEFINITELY grease and flour the pan, or else the cake will stick and break when it’s time to remove it from the pan. Let it cool completely before assembly!
      2. Level off the bottom half of the sphere so that it sits on a surface. Add a layer of frosting and then put the top half of the sphere on. Frost the entire sphere.
      3. Roll out your pre-made fondant to a thin layer, around 1/4 inch. It should be thin enough to drape over the entire sphere and still have some leftover. This is the tricky part, smoothing out the fondant… use powdered sugar to keep it from sticking! Apply the fondant over the cake.
      4. This round sphere is your base. You can now put the dowel in the sphere (see photos above). And make sure it’s secure.
      5. Then just stack your little pieces! If you want to get fancy you can cover them in frosting and decorative things like candies, etc.
      6. Lastly use licorice (twizzler pull n peel) as the smoke line.

      Let me know if you need more help!! Sorry it took me so long to respond, I’ve been kinda swamped, hence no new posts!! And thanks for stopping by 🙂

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