Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Words With Friends Cake

I turned into a mad woman this weekend. A mad, crazed, obsessed woman to be exact - all because of a cake. It clicked in when Demos and I were out on friday night. I mentioned that one of our friends would be back on Monday from a month long trip. "Great, going to get my ass kicked on Words with Friends (WWF) again". You see, our friend that is returning is what can only be considered a professional Words with Friends player. For those that don't know, its an absolutely addictive game on the iPhone and iPad, where you play a real time scrabble game against different users and friends.  "Danni-jack" is the girl to beat, and im sure she suffered severe WWF widthdrawals while travelling. What better way to surprise her then with a Word With Friends / Scrabble themed cake?

I was up and motivated on a Saturday morning. Forget the fact that it was Macaron Day, I was a girl on a baking mission. I should point out however, that my baking escapades should be called The Empty Pantry... and baking supplies and ingredients needed to be bought! With my long shopping list in tow, I was off!
Orchard ready to roll icing - $4 a box
Someone had told me that Spotlight sold cake decorating supplies, but as soon as I got to Town Hall (in torrential rain mind you!) I found out that the CBD store had closed. After a minor detour to Victoria's Basement and impulse cookie cutter and piping bag purchases, I then drove to Burwood to buy actual cake ingredients from Coles, luckily for me the had plenty of White Ready to Roll Icing for $4 a box (Thanks to The Dainty Baker for the tip!). Of course I bought some extra packs of flour, sugar, butter, buttermilk... but I still had no gel colouring to dye my fondant! Next stop was another Spotlight store at Birkenhead Point. They had a few tools, decorations, writing icing but no gel fondant dyes.
Creative Colour Dyes for colouring fondant - $7.95 each

I then drove to Balmain, and oh, it was so painful to drive past the Zumbo store and not want to wait in line on Macaron day! I got to say 'Hi' to Simon through my car window - and he was holding his precious Macaron haul! Thank goodness for Essential Ingredient at Rozelle - now why didn't I think of going there first! I went a bit overboard, and finally headed home - not just with my precious fondant dyes, but with a new rolling pin, cake leveller, spatula and maybe a few new cake tins as well.

Now for the baking. I decided on a Red Velvet base, with a Buttercream Frosting. I used the Red Velvet recipe from Joy of Baking as well as their Frosting recipe. I filled my 8x10 rectangular cake pan with this goes red mixture and after leaving it to cool, I iced them to smooth the surface in preparation for the fondant.

I use the extra batter for red velvet cupcakes which I set aside for my next project :)
I roll out the icing to cover my cake slab, which I do ever so carefully. Its harder than it looks to get a smooth layer - and up close, my cake looked like it had a bit of cellulite. Not bad though for my first attempt! I also use my gel dyes to colour the fondant, lucky for me I only needed primary colours as I wanted to keep it as close to the image of the game as possible.
You cant really see it in my photos, but I also then rolled out a light grey piece to go onto the white slab - this is the grid board. Using the straight end of a butter knife, I cut out the individual tiles. The hard part was trying to connect all the words together, folling official scrabble rules of course! I position the tiles by making marks directly on the icing, and then I draw the grid using a tube of black writing icing. I was surprised that the lines I drew were not too wonky, and I that the tiles I used were (mostly) a similar size. I had to throw in the word 'QI' as it was my friend's signature word - if it is in fact a word!
I am still very proud of my first decorating effort, and danni-jack's reaction and excitement was well worth the effort! The red velvet cake was definitely a good choice as it was not too sickeningly sweet, something i'd like to avoid with already a thick layer of icing. The end result is well worth the effort and once again, Welcome Home danni-jack! 
Stay tuned.. I have another decorating feat to share, those cupcakes needed some detail too..and I can't wait to post the end results! On a side note, my Words with Friends username is 'Gbangs' and i'm always up for a challenge! Until next time!


Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

haha i lovelovelove Words With Friends! And this cake is awesome. Red velvet cake? Yum!

Bean Sprout's Cafe said...

wow,, that cake is gorgeous. Can I copy it sometimes ?:P

Jacq said...

omg what an awesome cake, I love Words with Friends! If that was your first go with fondant then you did an amazing job, the little tiles look perfect!

the dainty baker said...

Love the cake!! Such a great idea! hehehe i see you got the icing I was talking about :) I'm a WWF fan addict too!! thats it... its game on honey! xx

MelbaToast said...

I've never heard of WWF...but I don't have an iPhone or iPad, so that would explain why. I feel a bit old and daggy. Cake looks really yummy!

chocolatesuze said...

hahaha this cake is awesome! great job with the fondant!

Laura said...

love the cake, its adorable

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

This is brilliant Gianna!! Seriously clever and cute cake! :D

A cupcake or two said...

Love WWF even though I always loose. This is a fantastic cake Gianna. I heart Fondant. Its so much fun to play with.

Rhea said...

I'm a huge WWF fan! Love the cake, what a cute and creative culinary concoction!!

Anonymous said...

What a great job you did. I would go through withdrawals like your friend if I had to travel and couldn't play WWF.

Tell Danni-Jack to start a game with me. I always like a good challenge.

Grace said...

Awesome job :D

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I am so addicted to this game on my ipod touch. I just got an android phone and really hope that WWF makes the transition!..I use ANAGRAMMER for best results..

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