Frozen is such a hugely popular theme for kids' parties these days. I don't really get it - to me the movie was ok, but not one of my favourites. I didn't even really like the music all that much, which was a shame. My friend who commissioned this cake is a mum with 2 little girls and said it was a movie with really great values. I had to Google what those values were and I think if I had to Google it, then is a 6 yo really going to know?
Maybe I lack the subtlety to appreciate this movie. I got more out of the Lion King or Brave than I did from Frozen, but I guess it's just me. The whole world seems to love it, and certainly hordes of little girls do!
Big credit to Seb1079 on Cakecentral for the original design. I was relieved when Michelle said she wanted something like that picture but without the Olaf (no figurines, yay!). It was nice to do some ombre ruffles for a non-wedding cake, and a good excuse to have a play with Isomalt for the gems.
I can't say the isomalt was a complete success (as you can tell from the bubbles in the gems), though I think I was getting more of the hang of it by the end. I had started with a variety of blues/clear but by the end of all the heating and stirring it all got mixed in together. I seemed to spend a lot of time running to and from my stove to reheat the sugar. It would often set while I was pouring it into the molds, which was really annoying, until I realised I could just use a silicon cupcake case to pour from and throw that in the microwave every so often (duh, why didn't I think of that sooner!).
It also helped me to oil the mold lightly with coconut oil - once set, the gems popped out really easily. Actually the hardest part was getting the gems to stick to the fondant. The instructions in the Craftsy class Into to Isomalt say you can heat the backs of the gems to get them to adhere. I found that heating the backs of my gems only caused my heatproof silicon mat to turn black, and by the time I picked up the gem and tried to stick it on the cake, the back of the gem had set again and was no longer tacky. I ended up using my regular sugar glue to stick the gems on. I tried glucose syrup as it is less watery, but all that ended up happening was that the gems would stick for a bit, then slowly work their way southwards, leaving a viscous sticky trail. I glued the gems on the morning of the party to try and minimise the gems dissolving before the event.
As always, I had lots of fun making the fondant ruffles. I can never quite get mine as delicate as Maggie Austin but they're still pretty I think! Anyway the birthday girl was really delighted with the result, and despite having to go to hospital on her birthday, her mum told me that when she was feeling herself again, couldn't stop telling all the nurses about the jewels on her cake!