The EPIC win, indeed!
Geeks, nerds, techies, gadget freaks; they all hold a soft spot in my heart. Nothing’s sexier than a Smartie in my book! So, you can imagine how much fun I had creating these 1-Up Cakes for my Gamer friends.
The NYCGI (New York City Game Industry) holds monthly meet-ups for game-minded folks looking to break into the game development world. Here’s their website for more information on that: http://nycgameindustry.com . Where do they meet, you ask? At this VERY awesome bar in Brooklyn called Barcade. Not only does it offer wall to wall local micro-brews (for you beer snobs out there), but they are jam-packed with all the retro arcade games from years far gone. I’m talking Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, & Asteroids, just to name a few. This spot offers plenty to the Game Makers and the Game Players.
Now, for the cakes:
So, I didn’t have enough time to make enough toppers for all 24 cupcakes. The cupcakes below are called “Strawberry Kisses”. It’s vanilla cupcakes, drenched in milk chocolate Godiva liquor, filled with strawberry filling, and topped off with chocolate frosting “kisses”. One of my favorite flavors!
And now for a couple of close-ups. I’m a horrible photographer. I wish the pictures were better, but what can I do? I’ll take a class eventually, and hopefully the pictures of my cakes will finally do the originals some justice. For the record, I didn’t take these pictures, but the one’s I did take didn’t come out any better. It may be time for a new camera…
So, my little fondant gamer toppers are not PERFECT. I’m missing some logos and there are a few proportion/ratio problems. With time (or lack thereof) always being my enemy, I had to forgo a few details here and there. However, this is the MOST fun I have ever had working with fondant. It brought back a lot of fantastic childhood memories, and I was actually there to see the Gamer’s reactions to my work, and to see them enjoy gobbling them up!
Frankly, it’s one of the proudest moments I’ve had in my baking career; making something with my own two hands in the images of things I loved for awesome, appreciate people who were thrilled and happy with my efforts. You can’t ask for much for than that!