Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kitchen Tea Teapot Cake

Last year, one of my friends who was helping to organise a Dinner Auction for our school, asked if I would auction off a cake. I envisioned myself being requested to create the most impossible design by some high paying winner, and very unskillfully modeling something out of icing and chunks of crumbling cake. I knew only disappointment could result from agreeing, so I declined.
I added the idea to my personal Cooking Challenges of 2011 list though, along with those mouth watering croissants. I found an excuse to attempt it with my sister-in-law-to-be's Kitchen Tea. I knew she would forgive me if it ended in disaster. But it didn't!
After much experimenting (one being the removal of a cupboard handle to use as the teapot handle) and several attempts, the end result was not too bad for a first timer.. I think. (even if I say so myself) But you know me, everything I do in the kitchen is highly experimental. Next time (if I ever go there again) I will definitely be doing some things differently. It was grey hair experience. Tea he he.

This post is for Julia, who is trying to wrap her head around the cake and wanted to see some pictures.

Marcela's Kitchen Tea Teapot Cake
Firstly I had to find something small enough and curved enough to create a round cake. I found a small bowl and baked two cakes in it (one after the other, of course) and glued them together with icing, tops inwards, to create an oval shaped cake.

The bowl used to form two dome shapes

A rough oval shape was formed by placing them together
I chose a basic butter cake for this particular experiment, and it turned out nicely. If you plan on making a cake like this however, be sure to shave the cake with a knife so there are no bumps on the surface. I had some bumps that I wish I had smoothed away. These where formed by the baking paper I used to line the bowl. You could smooth the rough bits with a knife and fill the gaps with a thick icing paste I imagine. If you do not, they still show up even underneath the thick fondant icing.
I didn't take any photos of the home made fondant being rolled and placed on the cakes. It was too stressful a time and the fondant needed to be re-rolled a few times before I got a smooth-ish result. It looked a bit bumpy due to not shaving the lumps off the cake, so I coloured a little of the fondant and made a couple of flowers and vines to cover some of the undesirable parts!

far from perfect but cute as a Shabby Rose

The spout and handle where the hardest parts to get right. I think I should have made them days ahead so that they dried in time for the party. With the help of some toothpicks and the handle off the cupboard (which I modeled icing around), I managed to get them on the cake without too much hassle! Some wire would have come in handy if I could get my hands on it.


1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup glucose (can substitute light corn syrup)
1 tablespoon glycerin 
1 tablespoons butter
2 pound bag of icing sugar, sifted.
1 teaspoon flavoring
Pour water in a small saucepan. Shower the gelatin over the cold water so that the gelatin is evenly distributed.  Let gelatin soften in the water for five minutes.
Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl. When all sugar is sifted, make a well in the center of the bowl. Heat the water and gelatin over gentle heat, stirring, until the gelatin is dissolved. Mix in glucose (or corn syrup) and glycerin. Add the butter and mix until melted. Remove from heat and stir in desired flavouring. I used vanilla essence. 
Pour wet ingredients into the well of powdered sugar. Mix with a wooden spoon until cool enough to handle. 

Then use a lightly greased hand to knead the ingredients together. Knead in the bowl until most of the icing sugar is incorporated. 
Turn out on a lightly greased bench and knead until the fondant is smooth and pliable. If it feels sticky, add additional icing sugar. If it feels too dry and doesn't feel elastic, work in a small bit of butter. 
Shape into a thick disk shape and cover with a thin coating of butter. Wrap well in several layers of plastic wrap, and place in a large ziplock bag. The fondant can be used immediately, but works much better if its left to cure for at least 12 hours. The fondant will store at room temperature this way for three months, and can be frozen for up to 12 months. Add food colouring as desired.


  1. That is totally amazing Lou!!!

  2. thanks Suzanne! it was a fair effort...I dont expect to do it again:)

  3. I liked ur blogs very much and image formant is very helpful.

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    1. excellent magi, so glad to have been of any help:)


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