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Special Agent Oso Cake

When Mr T mentioned that one of his vendor reps wanted me to make a cake for his son's first birthday I had no idea who Special Agent Oso was.  Thankfully Miss E was able to educate me.

I had two cakes to do this weekend and both were for boys named Liam.  I started baking early Saturday morning.  Essentially I had 4 cakes to make.  Clearly, I wasn't thinking when I was calculating the recipes because in my mind they were all square cakes but in reality they were round.  What does this mean?  You don't need as much batter in the cake pans.  Something I forgot about so all of my cakes are VERY tall.

At about 3:30 I realised that I wouldn't have enough fondant to cover all the cakes, especially with their extra height.  The store where I get my fondant closes at 4pm on Saturdays and is about 20 minutes in good traffic.  Thanks to Mr T and his need for speed, my hero, was able to get me my 10lb bucket of fondant.  He saved the day.

For this Liam's birthday cake his parents ordered a smash cake too.  Liam can't have gluten so I made a flourless chocolate cake.  It is a really good cake that is quite dense and very rich.  I don't have a lot of time to try gluten free recipes especially ones that call for specialty ingredients that are easily available so I stick to chocolate recipes that I know are good.

The smash cake was a 6" one layer flourless chocolate cake.  I did Special Agent Oso's head as the decoration.

For the main cake it was a two tiered vanilla with chocolate mousse filling.  The bottom tier was 8" and the top 6".  The bottom tier I decorated in blue paw prints that you can sort of see.  On the top with stars of various sizes.  For the toppers, the "1" I cut out 2 number ones in fondant and set a tooth pick between the two layers.  I printed off a picture of Special Agent Oso and trimmed it to make it a topper.  For me personally, I'd rather do this than to try and make a 3D Oso out of fondant.  If it doesn't look exactly like the character it just doesn't look right to me.  Plus, it's a lot of time and effort that I avoid to save me and my client.


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