Fast Food Cakes [Time-Lapse Video]
A complete fast-food lovers’ meal sculpted from cake, covered and decorated with fondant. A fun time-lapse video included!
I almost didn’t post this.
Let me explain though.
I made these cakes eight months ago for my son’s birthday, pre-blogging era. So at the time, I had no intention of sharing them on the blog, because I didn’t have one. Buuuuut, just for the fun of it, I had decided to film the process. A flimsy camera stand and a handy-dandy iPhone got the job done!
I also took some still photos after finishing up with the decorating. Whenever I make fondant-covered cakes (which is a rare occasion), I snap some shots…you know…for the memory. And to prove to myself when I get old and wrinkly, that I used to make something artsy.
Fast forward eight months, I bump into these photos while emptying my camera’s memory card and thought to myself: Hmmmm…why don’t I share this on the blog?!
But then I watch the video, take a closer look at the photos and terminate the whole idea. They were, well…embarrasing!
The photos were taken when I knew zilch about food photography! The video was a boring-beyond-belief, far-from-professional 3-hour production. You’ll know what I mean when you see kids show up in PJs.
On top of that, I hadn’t measured the amount of frosting, fondant or anything for that matter, because sharing the details wasn’t on my mind at the time. I kind of just worked with the flow.
The material felt pretty much like a hopeless case.
The more I thought about it though, the more it sounded silly in my head.
Tucking away something that could actually inspire someone else out there, just because I wasn’t happy with the production material, felt somewhat selfish.
So I summoned up all the courage I have, let go of my annoying meticulousness, took a deep breath and decided to post it!
After a few (ahem…a lot) of photo retouching and shrinking the video to a 7-minute, charlie-chaplin style time-lapse video (there was no other way to do it), I’m actually happy to share this with you.
This post, however, is completely different from what you and I got used to.
There’s no recipe, no instructions, no step-by-step photos. Just a pure fun time-lapse video of the making of these cakes you see right here.
I just wanted to share with you a glimpse of what goes behind the scenes of cake decorating. I’d also be more than happy to answer any questions regarding a detail that you’re interested in.
Let me brief you on the cakes.
The crazy idea behind making three different cakes instead of one, came about because I had initially planned on stacking them on top of each other, to create ONE grand cake. The burger at the bottom, the hot dog in the middle and the cola cup on top.
Then I chickened out.
We were driving the cake to an outside venue and I worried at the possibility of having it topple all over my head. So I took the safer route and left them as is.It took me about 3 days to complete these cakes.
On the first day, I made the garnishes like the pickles, lettuce, tomatoes (which got lost in the video), sesame seeds and tinting the fondant for everything to the correct shade of color.
On the second day, I baked, carved and frosted all the cakes and chilled them in the fridge. I’m not gonna sugarcoat this, but it was a ton of work in one day.
On the third day (day of the event), all cakes got covered in fondant, assembled, safely delivered then gobbled up! The birthday boy’s reaction to these were worth every second spent, every dish washed, and every T-shirt stained.
As far as I remember, the burger cake was about 10 inches wide and 7 inches high. The hotdog was almost 11 inches long, 5 inches wide and 3 inches high. The widest part of the cola cup was around 5 inches in diameter and 6 inches in height.
As far as flavors were concerned, I went with kid friendly ones, as the invitees were between the age of 8 and 9. The burger buns and hot dog were confetti cake with vanilla frosting, the burger patty and cola cup were both chocolate cake filled with cookies ‘n cream frosting and covered in milk chocolate ganache.
I hope you enjoy the video and maybe get a tip here or an idea there. It’s quiet fast though…literally “fast food.”
Disclaimer: This video was filmed last April, 7 months before starting this blog, with NO prior plan of posting it. Because of this, it offers no instructions and no recipes. The intention here is to share something that I’ve made in the past that might be of interest to others and for the possibility that it might inspire or help someone else. It’s also fun to watch! This is a far from professional video taken by an iPhone over the course of 3 days, turned into a shortened time-lapse. I’m by NO means a professional cake decorator. Everything I learned was through reading, watching online tutorials and trial and error. The method I use in this video is not necessarily “the right method” but what has worked for me. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
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This is too good to be true. Amazing work by an amazing artist
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video:)
WOW! Amazing creative work and a labor of love to be sure! That was a fun watch and definitely inspiring! Love that you had the video to share!
Thanks Ramona! You always have the nicest things to say and the most uplifting comments. So glad you enjoyed this:)
u r the best ..professional is not enough for u
I am as far from professional as you could imagine. Thank you so much for thinking so though:)
I swear my jaw dropped!
Whooooaaa! Really?! I’m beyond flattered:D Thanks
This is AMAZING. You are truly an artist.
Thank you Sarah soooo much! It was so fun to make!
I love your website, amazing Talent Mashallah.
Will you upload any Dinner recipes?
Lebanese food mathlan…or any other cuisines?
Im so glad you like my little space on the internet Julia. I’m planning on starting to gradually introduce some Middle Eastern pastries and breads very soon inshallah, as well as some crazy fusions. Definitely Lebanese is on the top of the list. As for dinner recipes, it not really what I enjoy doing the most, so I’m dedicating this blog to the art of pastry & breadmaking only. But who knows, sometimes life takes us to directions we weren’t planning for. In all cases, I hope you enjoy everything I post here. Thanks for your sweet comment.
WOW!!! I’m speachless !! PERFECTION!
Thank you Ola so much:)
That’s really awesome. I was just talking to my husband last night as to whether I should post pictures and descriptions of cakes I’ve made preblog. Vote’s still out, but I’m inspired to maybe do it. Thanks for this, it’s really fun to see the creativity come through! Cheers!
You should really go for it Victoria. It’s always really inspiring to see new cake ideas even if the photos aren’t professional. I’m sure you’ll be of great help to others. I still have another preblog cake photos & videos that I’m intending on posting here soon. I also occasionally post throwback cake photos on Instagram & Facebook. So even if you don’t feel comfortable blogging about it, social media would be a great way to share them.
Tasbih .. I see you one day the Egyptian Stephanie from JoyofBaking.com .. msA you are so talented .. in every piece of work you add to the recipes you tell us from where you got. All your recipes are worth sharing ..especially the oriental/ Egyptian ones. Thank you ..
Whooooaaa Stephanie of JoyofBaking?!!!! Nooooooo…that’s too much! I love her and I really hope that one day my skills are anywhere near hers. Thank you Zeinab so much. That’s too much praise that I don’t deserve. Thank you for stopping by and please do share anything from here. I’d love that!
This is amazing! I will be doing this for my brothers’ birthday next week! I hope it’ll be as good as you 🙂
I’m a cringing a little bit when it comes to the airbrushing technique… Do you have any tips for on how to create that effect, without an airbrush?
Hi Jo! That would make an amazing birthday cake for your brother! He’ll surely love it!
You know what, this was the first cake I ever airbrushed! So we’re kinda on the same boat. I used Duff’s airbrushing kit which is very small and simple which makes it great for home use. My biggest tip with airbrushing is to start with a very light hand then layer on the shades. Remember that you could always add more color but you can’t remove any. So start with a very light layer of a yellow/orange combo, then go over with another layer of yellow/orange combined with a touch of brown. Also airbrush as far away from the cake as you can, so the color can go on so subtly and not blotch. Also make sure that you line your work surface with lots of newspaper because things can get messy.
Best of luck and please let me know if there’s anything else I could help you with.
Hi, do you mind sharing your cookies and cream filling ?
Oh it was a looooong time ago, and was one of those recipes where I just winged it. As far as I remember, it was as follows:
Beat 12 ounces of unsalted butter with 1/8 tsp salt, 2 tsp vanilla and 3 tablespoons heavy cream until very airy and whipped; about 3 minutes. Gradually add it 11 ounces powdered sugar then continue beating 5 to 10 minutes until so fluffy. Lastly, fold in crushed Oreos (I can’t remember the amount to be honest; but you could just add until you’re happy with the taste and texture). Hope that helps!
Thankkk youuu so muchhhh! So helpful and sweet!
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