My intention here was to somehow top last year's cake for Brian.
Here's the bundt pan.
|Bundt pan. Sorry, my camera batteries are dead, so you and I are stuck with pictures ala Blackberry.|
Next, I put the cake together. I cut each circular bundt cake in half and linked the semi circles together in an "S" pattern.
The real challenge here was getting it from a simple "S" into the shape of an actual snake. In this case, I decided to use our very own Western Hognose as a model. I carved a taper into the tail and carved out the head, complete with cute little upturned nose.
|In case you're wondering, the head is on the left, and the tail on the right.|
As you can see above, the shape is cute, but then frosting it was a beast. The crumby carved areas were SO hard to get covered without them falling apart. Even just the fluted shape of the bundt cakes was pretty beastly to get around.
I'd like to say that the snake turned out better than what you see above, but it really didn't improve a whole lot. I finished frosting it, gave him brown M&M eyes, and drew a little mouth on with what i thought was red writing icing, but which turned out to be red gel coloring. Oy veh!
Apparently I didn't take a picture of the "finished product", but here's the idea of what I did.
A friend of mine suggested tonight (way too late for me, of course) that I should have given him his "scales" in M&Ms and a red licorice tongue. Yes, that would have been awesome, but I was short both the idea and the candies. Would have been great.
Again, it's a far cry from North Star, but it's the best I could come up with.
Happy Birthday, Brian!