A sweet bride gave us some artistic freedom and the basics that she wanted: gray, grill master on front, and meats on the grill. The easy part is the simple gray buttercream round with two fondant ribbons on top and bottom. If you don't have to use fondant, people will love just buttercream. Remember that with a cake like this, you don't have to put any effort is smoothing the top since you're just covering it up. We added a gray THICK (1/2" ish) piece all around the top. It's what the grate is sitting on. This way, like the cigar box we did a few weeks ago, we didn't have to carve into the cake to get the inset look. We needed a place for our coals and 1/2" was plenty.
We used these new flat Jet-Puffed Chocolate Brownie Marshmallows for the coals. We airbrushed the marshmallows black. It didn't take much color. If you don't have an airbrush, buy a Preval Sprayer or buy a Wilton can of black spray. We then mixed about one cup of powdered sugar with about a tablespoon of cocoa powder and teaspoon of black powdered food coloring. Once mixed, these will give you good looking "charcoal and ashes"! We all want that!
We arranged the coals all flat and added heavy ash in the middle fading out to just a little on the outside. We then added a little yellow, orange and red disco dust/edible glitter. I wasn't crazy about the glitter, but time was ticking and there was no time for experimentation. We did not have time/money in the budget for an edible grate, so we used Wooden dowels, hot glued all the pieces and painted them with silver spray paint. A small saw would be best to get pretty, not squished ends. We used wire cutters and it made them ugly. Next time we will know better.
Lastly we made no-bake oatmeal/ peanut butter / chocolate cookies for the hamburgers. We used the most popular recipe on Food Network.com for ours. We pressed in a skewer and airbrushed the black lines since we already had it out. The could be painted on with a brush just as easily. The hot dogs are modeling chocolate with the same technique for the lines. We used a toothpick to make the details on the sides. I hope this project seems easy enough for anyone to give it a try. I promise it's not hard and is lots of fun!
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Charcoal Briquette from Jet Puffed Chocolate Brownie Marshmallows
|See how nice & flat? Just hit them with a bit of black to start.|
|Dust some with powdered sugar & cocoa. Looking ashy!|
|Add a little yellow, orange, and red disco dust for that glowing ember effect!|