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How to Create an Xbox Cake

I was asked to make an Xbox controller Groom's cake for my friend Mikie's wedding reception. Here are the steps it took to make this cake a success. STEP ONE: I baked two rectangular layers of milk chocolate cake, placed buttercream filling between the layers, and used a stencil I created on my computer to cut the cake into the correct shape.xbox-step-1

STEP TWO: I frosted the entire cake in white buttercream and allowed the icing to crust (appoximately 20 minutes). xbox-step-2

STEP THREE: Once the icing had crusted, I used regular Viva paper towels to smooth the icing. This step helps the surface of the cake to more closely resemble plastic--a definite must when you are creating an Xbox controller! ((Note: I realize I could use fondant to give it a 'plastic' look...I just don't think fondant tastes as good as buttercream, plus it's more difficult to cut when you are ready to serve the cake.))

Next, I piped gray-tinted buttercream on the edge of the cake to match the controller. xbox-step-4

STEP FOUR: Using a #12 tip, I created the buttons and triggers on the top edge of the cake to match the controller. xbox-step-3

STEP FIVE: I used a second printout of my stencil to make all the buttons and joysticks the correct size. All buttons were created out of fondant that I tinted to match the buttons on the actual controller. All pieces were cut and shaped and left to dry overnight. xbox-step-5

STEP SIX: Using the actual controller as a model, I placed the fondant buttons in the correct positions on the cake. I then piped the details on the buttons using thin consistency buttercream. xbox-step-6

STEP SEVEN: Using the actual controller as a model, I placed the 3-D fondant joysticks in the correct positions on the cake. xbox-step-7

DONE! The finished product...an Xbox Groom's cake, iced and ready for my friend Mikie's wedding reception.

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The finished product as compared to its inspiration.

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As much as I dislike its taste, fondant does hold a shape pretty well. Thus, all the buttons and joysticks were completely 3-D and made out of tinted fondant.

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