This weekend I made a cake for a friend whose son was having a birthday. She said he loves Wreck-it Ralph, so this is what I came up with.
I used 3 1/2- 9″x13″ cakes and lots of fondant!
After covering the base with green fondant, the entire cake was covered with red fondant. Then, I used a mold to make sheets of red brick to layer over the sides. I covered half of the top with black fondant to make it look like part of the building was missing. Then I added gray fondant to hide messy corners, create the roof, and more for the windows and sidewalk. To texture the sidewalk, I pressed a new clean brillo-type sponge into the fondant after it was in place. Then I made indentations with a straight edge to mimic the lines in a real sidewalk. I added details with a black food marker. I also brushed on some brown dusting powder (edible) to the bricks and the sides of the building to add some depth and dull the brightness of the red fondant.
I made the topper, the bushes, and some loose bricks to decorate the cake base all from fondant with a tablespoon or so of Tylose powder mixed in. This is a quick way to make gum paste from fondant, which hardens much better than fondant, and is good for things that won’t likely be eaten…seriously, this stuff can dry rock hard, and you don’t want someone chipping a tooth!
For the details on Wreck-it Ralph, I used a mixture of red food coloring gel and a little lemon extract to paint the pattern on his shirt (which was made from orange fondant) and to add a little pink to his cheeks. I also brushed on brown dusting powder on his overalls.
It might be good to note that the gum paste decorations can be made far in advance to be given time to dry out completely. Just keep them protected from dust. I also made sure to tell my client not to eat these pieces. Even though they are technically edible, I couldn’t recommend eating rock-hard week-old sugar pieces 🙂
P.S. I apologize for the blurriness of some of the photos 🙂