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Ark Adventures Cake


All aboard for fun! Animal lovers of all ages will love this boatful of fondant critters floating atop a sea. It?s fashioned from Diamond Pan Set cakes covered with blue fondant and curvy fondant waves.
Makes: Cake serves 32.
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Step 1

In advance: Make fondant waves. Add 1 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 10 oz. tinted fondant; roll out 1/8 in. thick. Use patterns to cut 20 small waves (four 5 1/2 in. wide, eight each 4 and 3 in. wide in various shapes) and 4 large waves. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted surface. Paint on swirled details using white and blue Pearl Dust mixed with lemon extract.

Step 2

Also: Make fondant cabin and windows. Tint 4 oz. fondant lime green (reserve 2 oz. green for railings), 2 oz. yellow. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to each. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Use patterns to cut cabin side and roof. Tint 2 oz. fondant dark violet. Roll out 1/16 in. thick. Cut a 1 x 1 3/4 in. top window, each 1 1/2 x 2 in., and a 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. strip to edge roof. Attach with damp brush. Let dry. Reserve remaining dark violet. Attach roof to wall using Thinned Fondant Adhesive. Attach 2 lollipop sticks to back of wall, allowing 2 in. to extend at bottom to insert into cake. Let dry.

Step 3

And: Make fondant animals on waxed paper-covered boards. Attach monkeys to window.

Step 4

Bake and cool 2-layer cakes. Prepare for Stacked Construction and rolled fondant. Tint 51 oz. fondant blue, 24 oz. yellow. Cover cakes and board with rolled fondant. Stack cakes on prepared board. Roll out reserved dark violet fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 4 windows 1 1/2 x 2 in.; attach to cake sides with damp brush. Use toothpicks to mark position for 3 stripes on cake sides; begin 3/4 in. down from top edge and mark stripes 3/4 in apart. Mark cabin wall for 7 vertical stripes, 1/2 in. apart. Roll out yellow fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 1/8 in. wide strips and attach over marks using damp brush. Attach waves around cakes using fondant adhesive; insert 1/4 in. diameter fondant logs as spacers between sections for layered effect. Roll out reserved lime green 1/8 in. thick. Cut two 1/2 x 13 in. strips with rounded ends for railing; attach around cake using fondant adhesive. Position cabin and insert animals.

*Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown. Combine Lemon Yellow with Golden Yellow for yellow ark. Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for lime green shown.

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Royal Blue Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Leaf Green Icing Color

Leaf Green Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Golden Yellow Icing Color

Orange Icing Color

Orange Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Black Icing Color

Black Icing Color

Ivory Icing Color

Ivory Icing Color

Gum-Tex

Gum-Tex

White Pearl Dust?

White Pearl Dust?

lemon extract

lemon extract

cornstarch

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Diamond Pan Set ((10.25 x 7.4 x 2 in., 15?x 11 x 2 in. used))

Discontinued

Discontinued

Discontinued

Discontinued

4 in. Lollipop Sticks

4 in. Lollipop Sticks

Cake Boards

Cake Boards

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

18 x 15 in. plywood or foamcore board

18 x 15 in. plywood or foamcore board ((1/2 in. thick))

Knife

Knife

Scissors

Scissors

Tape

Tape

Ruler

Ruler

Toothpicks

Toothpicks

Waxed paper

Waxed paper

Make your fondant decorations shine by topping them with a sprinkle of Shimmer Dust?. This finely-grained edible glitter gives flowers and greenery an elegant luster.

Quick tip on how to attach your fondant accents to your fondant covered cake.

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Ark Adventures Cake is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake was a blast to make. It was for my daughter's baby shower. I have just started working with fondant and I am getting the hang of it. I had an issue with the fondant being dry as I rolled it out and I got a tip to roll cover my hands in vegetable shortening and needing the fondant to keep it moist and pliable while I worked with it. It worked! I loved making the little animlas and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Once I started I didn't want to stop. It turned out awesome and everybody loved it.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I decorated this cake for my daughter's first birthday party. I actually just started out by making the animals to see how they would look, and once I saw how cute they were I decided to make the rest of the cake! The instructions on the website are what I went by and I found them very helpful. I had to change a few things since I didn't have Gum-tex or a lot of the other supplies needed, but it still looked really good! I am excited to try a different cake for her second birthday!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ark adventures cake seemed like a perfect way to celebrate a colleagues's twin baby shower, but it seemed like a daunting endeavor until I read the Wilton instructions. It sounded doable and I decided to be adventurous. The step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to create each animal and even the waves made all the difference. Once I made the first animals - I picked the elephants first - I knew I could complete the cake with Wilton by my side. The result was phenomenal and the mom-to-be was overjoyed (and very impressed)! I am fairly new at cake decorating and I could not have made this cake without the Wilton website. My kitchen is equipped with most, if not all, of the Wilton products and I now use the Wilton way all of the time. The good news is I always receive favorable reviews and I even have other people now checking out the Wilton site.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my first cake! I couldn't believe once I got started that I went this hard, BUT getting into it past the baking and into the decorating, it turned out so good!! Couldn't believe I pulled it off! This was actually for myself for my second sons baby shower. The instructions I went off in the Wilton book, helped me feel like a pro., so this is def. a cake to go by the instructions!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved making this cake. I thought it was going to be difficult. But it was fairly easy and fun to make the animals. Just make sure you stick to the measurements given on the instructions for the animals and windows. Everybody at my nephews birthday loved the cake. would definitely make it again.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was my very first time making and decorating a cake! I just fell in love with the look and had to try it for my son's 2nd birthday! Since I have never used fondant or Gum-Tex, the waves, animals and ark took a long time. They were not that difficult but you had to be quite delicate with all the little pieces. They turned out awesome though! The instructions were sooo helpful. There were a few confusing parts, but by looking at the pictures you can figure it out. With two kids it took me two entire evenings and one afternoon naptime to finish it so I'm so glad that I started two days before the party! I was impressed with how well everything "stuck" together just by using a bit of water. The animals also stuck very well to the lollipop sticks with the thinned fondant adhesive. I used buttercream frosting for the top layer and whipped icing for the bottom because I'm not a fan of fondant and neither are my guests. Therefore it didn't look as smooth as the picture but I was expecting that anyway. All of the guest were impressed with the look. The cake didn't taste that great and I'm definitely going to keep looking for different recipes to use. But thank you for the awesome design and detailed instructions!!
Date published: 2011-03-06
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