When I got a request to make this Avenged Sevenfold cake, I had no clue what Avenged Sevenfold was. So, as usual, I searched the internet and found out that its a heavy metal band.
The cake request was for a 21st birthday and my customer specifically requested for the cake NOT to be covered in fondant. And specifically requested to limit the colors on the cake to black and white.
Here is how I made this Avenged Sevenfold Cake
These were the main supplies used:
Cake - this was a single tier cake baked in 2 square cake tins measuring 7 by 7 inches. I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cake.
Buttercream - I used buttercream to fill the cake as well as crumb coat it.
Butter icing - This icing is just a stiffer version of my buttercream and I used it to cover the cake. Butter icing, similar to buttercream, will normally have an ivory hue to it due to the natural yellow color of butter, but for this cake, since the request was to have the cake made strictly in black and white, I had to add white food coloring to make the icing really white.
Fondant - I used Satin Icing black and white but only in small portions. The black was used for the sides and wordings on the cake board while the white was used for the 3D font on the cake itself.
CMC - I used CMC for the 3D upright standing font. I added it in a very small amount to my white fondant so that the letters dry hard and could hold shape when put on the cake.
Avenged Sevenfold edible sugar image - my customer provided the image and I ordered a print of it in edible sugar paper from a local store.
And this was how I assembled the Avenged Sevenfold cake:
I had the Avenged Sevenfold image printed in advance. In printing the image, it is important to scale it to a size that could fit the cake.
Also prepared in advance were the 3D font on the cake. I made this 2 days in advance so that by the time I put them on the cake, they were all firm and set. Since I was putting them on a butter icing covered cake, I could not use fondant glue to secure them to the cake (the glue does not work on buttercream and buttericing), so I poked toothpicks to the bottom of each letter so that they can be held in place on the cake with the support of the toothpicks.
Next was the cake itself. Once both layers were baked and cooled completely, I leveled and sandwiched them with buttercream. I then used the remaining buttercream mixed with cake crumbs to crumb coat and straighten the sides of the cake before covering the whole cake with butter icing.
Like I mentioned earlier, butter icing is just a stiffer version of buttercream and I personally like to work with buttericing to cover cake compared to buttercream. And you can see that this icing is super white here, that is because I added white food coloring to it (I used Americolor).
Once the cake was all covered in butter icing, I attached the edible image on the cake. I did not have to use any 'glue' here as the butter icing was able to hold the image well in place.
Next was the sides of the cake. For this, I used rolled black fondant and cut out a wide strip of fondant. On one side of the strip, I used my square plunger cut, placed it diagonally on the edge of the strip (such that half of the square was on the strip while the other half was outside) and cut out triangle patterns. The other edge of the strip was left straight. I rolled the strip loosely and slowly unrolled it onto the sides of the cake, smoothing it along the process. Again, no 'glue' was required as the butter icing was able to hold the fondant strip in place.
Finally, I attached the 3D letters on the cake. And for the finishing touch, I piped dots of white buttercream all around the sides of the cake (on the black fondant strip) as well as on the sides of the Avenged Sevenfold edible image and attached a long thin roll of black fondant strip as the cake border.
And that was how I decorated this 21st birthday Avenged Sevenfold cake.
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