We had a James Bond party. Movie marathon, themed arts and crafts, guests in cocktail attire, spooky villain’s lair decorations, the whole thing. Of course, I made cake. And chocolate tuxedo strawberries. Also some cake pops and chocolate gems. But let’s start with the cake, shall we?
I studied so many pictures of car to make sure this was absolutely perfect. This was also my first carved cake – very exciting.
The insides are chocolate/strawberry marble with swiss meringue buttercream inside. I baked two 9×13 and one 9×9 cake, then plopped them on top of each other.
I attacked it (carefully) with a big serrated knife. I spent a couple hours staring at the form and tweaking it. At this point, I was jumping up and down because I couldn’t believe it actually looked like a car.
I called a few of my friends to explain:
“I’m making a car cake and it’s really hard and guess what it looks like? … It looks like a CAR!”
Then it was time to cover it in buttercream. I made sure to use the frosting to help emphasize my carving and build up on areas where I was a bit overzealous with the knife. Yes, big mess. What else is new?
I then covered it in one huge piece fondant and started pressing in details with the back of a paintbrush. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing because I don’t ever work with fondant, but it seemed like a good idea, so that’s what I did.
It was spray painted with edible silver paint (gorgeous stuff), I added details, and it magically became a car.
JB007. Get it?
I painted the windows on with a paintbrush and a bottle of black food coloring.
Even the little mirrors are in the right place and the trimmings were painted silver with a little vodka and silver luster dust mixture.
I tried to add in tons of details and make it as lifelike as possible. This cake took me 3 days, I fell in love with it, and you know what?
They made me cut it!
It took about 10 minutes to bring myself to slice it and I’m still crying on the inside about my poor dead car.
This is me killing my cake. But it really was delicious.
Now, what to do with all the scraps leftover from carving?
Cake pops! These are bowler hats. I was very sick of cake by the time I made these, but they were still fun and they came out alright.
And here are some white chocolate gems because a James Bond party requires treasure and jewels. They’re shiny.
Since we asked the guests to dress up in the spirit of the event, I thought it would be appropriate to make sure the strawberries were similarly attired.
These aren’t nearly as hard as they look and there’s a great guide here.
I’m so happy with how everything came out, but you won’t see me working with fondant anytime soon. I’ve never had so much trouble destroying a cake and cutting this one just made me feel too destructive. Maybe it gets easier, but I’ll take my difficulty slicing it as a sign that it’s my best cake so far. And I’m definitely okay with that.