Last week I received an email from a young woman who wanted to make an Abe Lincoln cake for her friend’s 16th birthday, similar to the one I posted a while ago. I gave her my cake recipe (this recipe is halved, you’ll need to double it) and a couple simple tips which I will now share with you.
Hopefully the person whose face you’d like to make a cake of is famous, that will make it much easier to get a picture. A basic line drawing works best, I used google to find a coloring page of our dear 16th president. I guess the next step is optional, but I think it looks really cool when the cake is kind of 3D.
So, if you want the face to stand out, do a 2 layer cake. Leave one layer whole. For the top layer, cut out your line drawing and place it over the cake, and just cut around it. If you’re really talented you could carve out the features, but I am not that talented. I can’t even ever remember to do a crumb coat.
The first time I made this cake, I thought I’d be clever and poke holes around the image with a toothpick, leaving an outline I could easily fill in with frosting. The cake was so moist and spongy, when I lifted the paper there were no holes! So you just have to do the best you can. I do recommend using my cake recipe because it’ll be nice and dense. Instead of the water and oil called for in the original recipe, use canned full fat coconut milk.
If you don’t want a 3D-type cake, well, just use the image for reference and you don’t have to cut or carve a thing.
Now let’s take a look at the pictures I received from Rachel:
It’s so neat to see stuff like this. Friends, if any of you attempt to make something on my blog, feel free to send me a picture and any details and I will happily share it with the world. Or if you just want to send me an email, the info is on my About Me page. I’d love to hear from you!