I just purchased a fancy "sand castle" bundt cake pan from Williams
Sonoma. I'm making a "Knights in Shining Armor" birthday cake for my
little boy. I'd like to glaze the cake with something that I can cover
the entire cake with (not just drizzles down the sides) but will not
hide the details of the sand castle mold. After glazing, I'd like to
further decorate it by putting candies on it and piping frosting on
some of the details.
So my question is this: What kind of glaze can I make that will be
thin enough to cover the cake completely by pouring and not so thick
that it hides the details.. or that it needs to be spread on, which
will certainly hide the details. Also, if it were thick enough also to
stick on candy embellishments that would be great, but I realize I may
need to just spread on buttercream in the places where I want to stick
Thanks in advance for your advice!
No matter what you use, some of the detail will be obscured. I would use a
ganache. You can make it thin and put on as many coatings as you think are
necessary. I would put the cake on a rack over a sheet pan and pour the
ganache over it. You can collect the excess and use it for additional
coatings. The other option would be a poured fondant like one would use on
pettifours. The fondant will harden and be a more satisfactory base for
piping decorations. You can tint the fondant. The ganache will taste
better but it will be the color of the chocolate or confectioner's coating
that you use. I guess that you could use white chocolate and oil-based
chocolate coloring agents.
I would use a light lemon/confectioner's sugar glaze. Prick the cake
repeatedly and drizzle it on. It will sink about 1/2 inch into the cake and
provide a sweet flavor, but won't obscure any of the details. It's not even
really visible. I'd drizzle a couple times, and let the bottom of cake soak
up as much of the excess as possible. The downside is that visually your
fancy cake is just one brown crust in the shape of a sand castle.
Thank you both for your replies!
I was actually thinking ganache v poured fondant. How about that. I'm
smarter than I thought!
I would *love* to use a lemon glaze, but alas, the boy wants a
CHOCOLATE cake, naturally.
The sandcastle is going to sit atop a regular rectangular base. The
sandcastle part is for the kids,
covered with candy.. and visually impressive. The bottom part is for
the grownups. Same cake
in both parts.
So, I might just go with the fondant for the top so I can make it gray
like a castle... I'll use the pan as a reference and pipe on the
details that get obscured.
Then for the bottom I'll use something more delicious for the grownups.
A while back you posted a recipe for 'quick poured fondant'. (I would
include a link that here but I'm having trouble figuring out how to do
that easily. The article can be easily found by searching for "poured
In that posting you suggested pre-glazing the cake with melted apricot
jelly. Would you suggest that in this case?
I think a very thin coating of jelly would help the fondant stick. I would
melt the jelly and use a pasty brush to coat the cake. Of course you can
skip that step and if the glaze isn't perfectly uniform, you can compensate
with piped decorations and candy decorations.
You might take a look at this site. There are several suggestions for
That's a great site. Thanks.
It talks about putting on the apricot glaze to give the fondant
something to stick to.
Now I may be getting a little wacky.. but I'm starting to think about
the yummy chocolate taste of ganache.
What would happen if I used a *ganache* glaze under the fondant? Could
the fondant stick to that? Then the cake would have chocolate in the
frosting and I could also color the fondant to look like a stone
castle. Other than the extra work involved, do you think this would
It might work but if you only are looking for a chocolate flavor, there is a
much easier and less risky solution: serve the ganache/chocolate sauce on
the side. My perception is that the cake is primarily a centerpiece. As
you say, there is another cake for adults. In my experience, kids are just
as happy with a Hostess Ding Dong as they are with a fancy cake. Some people
don't like chocolate, so by serving it on the side, you give them an option.
You could also use a poured melted chocolate.
This would provide a hard shell of chocolate. If you do not want to
make your own one of the chocolate toppings made for ice cream would
work. Heat in water bath until runny and pour over cake on wire rack
on baking sheet to catch the runoff.