Brownies Troop Cake
Court of Awards & Fly Up Ceremony
Mary Kay Carlson
The directions below are a fascinating read of
instructions, meaning of the designs on the cake and very clever uses of Tootsie Roll candy, fondant and more...
"I'm a working mom with a career that takes me and my family to overseas job assignments, most recently in Kiev, Ukraine. In my free time I enjoy cake decorating, and have really found ThePartyWorks and CakeWorksCentral websites helpful. I hope others find this idea helpful."
The cake was made using two chocolate mixes prepared according to box directions and baked in rectangular pan (half sheet cake). I frosted the cake in a white butter cream icing and let it set.
The swirl pattern on the white icing comes from pressing a paper towel onto the crusted icing to smooth out the imperfections. (I understand that Viva paper towels leave no pattern mark, if you're looking for a smooth finish.)
The Brownie Sash on he cake is made of fondant tinted brown. (I didn't have access to ready-made chocolate fondant, but that would probably be preferable than kneading brown paste food coloring into white fondant -- which took several applications and about 30 minutes to work in. If you put it in a ziplock bag as you knead, you'll keep your hands clean.)
Three days prior to decorating the cake,I made the Brownie Insignia and Try-it badges.
The insignia (brown patches) are made from Tootsie Roll candy. (I pt them in microwave for 5-10 seconds before rolling out.)
Made with white chocolate using a very small pin-hole tip.
Brownie Try-It badges:
Made from fondant. Roll out your fondant between two skewers -- to ensure even thickness. Use a pizza wheel to cut out the triangle Try-its and the rectangular flag. Pipe on melted chocolate to outline the Try-its. Using a paint brush with paste food coloring and food gel (and/or Food Doodler markers), I painted on the Try-It badges (Troop did this during the last year).
Featured on this cake are Try-its for Listening to the Past, Puppets, Music, Girl Scout Ways, Art to Wear, Dancercise, among others.
Finally, I piped in a shell border and put a pre-made butter cream rose at each corner (just because I had them handy).
A big THANK YOU to Mary Kay
for sharing how she made and
decorated this fabulous cake.