Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Going on a Bender Cake

Photo courtesy of our friend Jim Pankey
Very recently I helped a very good friend of ours with his wedding day. I even spent a couple of days acting as bridal planner, coordinator, and decorator. It certainly gave me a new found respect for those people, but that's another post.

This post is about this crazy groom's cake! Our friend Chris has a million interests; he's a lawyer, into martial arts, electric guitars, South Park, Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama - he's into a little bit of everything. So when we met with him we had no idea what might come out of his head when it came down to the groom's cake. I was delighted when he said "You guys know me and what I like, just work your magic." We had already been kicking around the idea of a Bender cake, so that sealed the deal.

In my mind, this seemed like such an easy cake; he seems like such a basic shape. The execution proved to be much more difficult. Here are some notes on exactly how we straightened out Bender!

We based this cake on a 6-inch base. I looked at my domed pans and I had a six and an eight inch domes. 8 inches was going to be WAY too big. We printed out some large images to us as templates and used those to determine where the visor would be located. I made a custom cardboard cake board for that section so the visor would have something to rest upon. I also carved out the mouth area and covered the whole thing in fondant.

Our only in-progress shot of the cake!
Now for the visor, man that thing was tough! I started by making a rice crispy treat puck that fit against the side to the cake, but still came straight out. Think about how a scuba mask is made. That puck rested on the extended cake board and I used royal icing to glue it to the side of the cake.

I then took modeling chocolate and made a band that was wrapped around the puck and the board it rested on. It stuck out more than the puck, but not a lot, just enough to allow for the eyes, which we used candy melts to make. As I type this, it makes it sound easy since this is what worked, but there were several attempts that didn't.


  1. Sorry this cake gave you trouble but as a novice it is encouraging to know that an artist like you who does such beautiful work still runs into problems every now and then. Your finished cake is great.

  2. Hello, I hope you still get notifications on this posting.

    I was just asked by my nephew to make a Bender head cake. The first thing I though was I get everything except the visor...how in the world will I be able to defy gravity.

    So glad to have found your blog. Any chance you could elaborate on that part of the process. Guess I am having trouble visualizing how this worked.

    Thank you...really hope to hear from you. This cake is due for September 9th

    1. Hi Katherine! I don't monitor this blog like I should. I know your cake is due in a few days, but really I talked quite a bit about the visor I this post. I don't really have much else to add. Using the RKT puck, the gravity defying visor is really more of an illusion. Good luck on your cake!


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