Eiffel Tower Cake

So one day my friend Stefanie called me up and asked if I could make an Eiffel Tower Cake…  Ofcourse I said, SURE!!!  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE all things Parisian! :)  

And then she sent a picture of what she wanted.  Ummm…  She wanted a 3D EIFFEL TOWER!!!  Like,  a miniature eiffel tower… not a cute cake with a flat eiffel tower on the front or maybe an Eiffel Tower topper.. no no no.. She wanted the REAL DEAL!  :o  Thinking back on this, I'm not even sure why I was surprised.  Anyone who knows Stefanie knows that she is a GO BIG OR GO HOME kinda lady!  

I should mention that I had made my first ever cake ONE YEAR before this request came into my life.  Needless to say, I was nervous but I took the challenge anyway!

Well…  that cake served its purpose!  I had lots of learnings.  One of which was, DO NOT EVER underestimate the time it takes to build an Eiffel Tower cake!  I was so naive to think it would only take me one day to get this thing decorated.. OH BOY! What a mistake!!  It took me 35 hours  JUST to decorate it. Forget about baking.

So here she is all done… Ofcourse I can now see soo many flaws but at the time, I was over the moon that I pulled this off.  :) :)

But before I got to that…  There were MANY other steps...

Yup, YES I DID use foam!!! *Please note the bottom is covered so the foam does not to touch the cake part.

Yup, YES I DID use foam!!! *Please note the bottom is covered so the foam does not to touch the cake part.

So there were about A GAZILLION x's that had to be made….

So there were about A GAZILLION x's that had to be made….

Just want to mention that my clay extruder broke about a quarter of the way through making these x's and I had to roll out and hand cut EACH ONE!  Yup, you read that correctly!  But lets move along.. there's more… :)

I skipped a little, but I basically just stacked and dirty iced the cakes then covered in fondant.  Now a days I would definitely work this a lot more but ignorance is bliss right?!  LOL  I thought this was amazing at the time. :)

More X's…..

More X's…..

Board & Bottom half are done…

Board & Bottom half are done…

Here's the end result including Ombre Mini Cakes.

All in all, this was an amazing learning experience and Stefanie ended up loving it. :) That alone makes me happy.  I hope this blog post can help someone out there whether its deciding to take a huge challenge (I say DO IT DO IT!!!) or whether it helps figure out that yes, you can use foam for some parts of a cake.  ;) 

Happy Caking Everyone!!!  

P.S.  Please excuse all the bad pictures.. I didn't know at the time that I would be writing a blog post about this cake.  Not to mention the ignorance is bliss thing again… :)  I just didn't know how to take good pictures but thanks to Shawna over at McGreevy Cakes and her great blog post about pictures, my pictures are now a million times better…  Go check her blog out!  You won't be disappointed! She is an amazing talent and she's pretty funny & entertaining too.  ;)