How to Make a Giant S’Mores Cake

  How to Make a Giant S'Mores Cake

Update:  This cake was originally made in September 2011 and posted in April 2012.  But I’ve got a lot more readers than I had way back then and since it’s summertime and the perfect season for camping and bonfires and s’mores… I thought I’d share it again!    My photography has improved a little since 2011, but the photos aren’t too bad and if you’re in the market to make  a giant s’mores cake, I hope my notes will help you out!  

S'mores Cake

This Giant S’mores Cake is almost all chocolate!  I made this cake last fall and I have to tell you… I wasn’t sure it was going to work out with that cake teetering on top… but it did!   And since it was a success, I thought I’d share How to Make a Giant S’mores Cake!

And note… when I say giant – I mean really really BIG!  This cake will serve 50-70 people (depending on serving size).

The “graham crackers” are each 10″ square chocolate cakes (I have Magic Line pans… love ‘em!!) covered with brown sugar butter cream (very similar to the frosting on these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes).  After frosting the cakes (and before the frosting crusted), I pressed graham cracker crumbs  all over the surface then added butterscotch chips for the “holes”.

The “chocolate bar” on the s’mores is a thin layer of brownie covered in dark chocolate fondant, and the “marshmallow” is 2 layers of chocolate cake covered and filled with vanilla buttercream and deliberately ripply marshmallow fondant (so it looks melty).  I also trimmed the top of the 8″ round cake a little bit so that the top would sit a little wonky.

It’s supported with bubble tea straws in two layers and a dowel through the middle!  Altogether, this cake was about 10″ tall!  You can see step-by-step how I stack cakes here!

While this is not every detail, here’s a summary of how to stack it up:

  • Put a 10″ square cake on a prepared 12″ square board (it should already be frosted and covered with graham cracker crumbs).
  • Lay a 8″ square of brownies in the center (already covered in dark brown fondant or frosting)
  • Mark the cake for where you’ll need to center the 8″ round cake, then measure, cut and push in the bubble tea straws.  See more details about this here.
  • Put the assembled 8″ round cake on top of the bubble tea straws and make sure it’s centered.
  • Repeat the steps with bubble tea straws, preparing the 8″ round cake to hold the 10″ square on top.
  • Next stack the other finished 10″ square cake on top (it has a 10″ square cake board underneath it).
  • Drive a sharpened dowel rod through the center of all the cakes – top to bottom.  Again, see this post for more info about doweling.
  • Touch up the top of the cake to cover the dowel hole and you’re finished.

This post is linked up at Mix It Up Monday and Cookies & Cups S’mores Week Round-Up!

Did I miss anything?   Any questions about this cake?   Please leave them in the comments and I’m happy to answer & help!

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Where to buy Crawfish Chocolate Molds

Crawfish Cupcake

Over this past weekend, I made some more of the super popular Crawfish Boil Cupcakes.    After I was done, my sweet husband was helping with cleanup and he put my chocolate mold in the dishwasher.  Oy!

Note… chocolate molds do not go in the dishwasher!  They come out quite warped and unusable.  Anywho – when shopping for a new mold this morning, I though I’d share where I buy  mine and also, a new fun mold I found that is perfect for these cupcakes!

Crawfish Cupcake with Corn

I buy most of my chocolate molds on eBay and they’re so inexpensive!   Here are the links to a couple of molds I’ve bought in the past:

And when I was shopping today, I also found this Miniature Corn Chocolate Mold.  I usually make the little ears of corn by  hand, but this little mold will be perfect.  I’ll just use the small section at the end and not the part with the husks… don’t you think?  I’m excited to get it!

Anyway.  What we do is melt Wilton Red Candy Melts in piping bag and snip off the end.    Pipe the chocolate into the mold and tap it on the counter a few times to get out any air bubbles.

When they’re done, if the chocolate is above level with the mold, use a bench scraper (one of my  most favorite tools!) to scrape over the top and level them off then pop them in the freezer for a few minutes and they’re ready to pop out!

This is a project that anyone can do even with very little cake decorating experience and minimal tools!

These cupcakes are really popular during crawfish season and not hard to make at all!  I hope this helps those of you who want to make some!  Do you have any questions?

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Easy Way to Watermark a Picture with PicMonkey

Easy Way to Watermark A Picture with PicMonkey

I got a Facebook message asking about how I put my name on my pictures, so I thought I’d do a quick tutorial sharing step-by-step pictures for an Easy Way to Watermark a Picture with PicMonkey.

If you love cake decorating and you have a cake business, you need to be taking pictures of your cakes!  And if you choose to share them (a great way to build your business!!), you need to watermark them!

So today I’m sharing how to do that with PicMonkey.  The awesome thing is that PicMonkey is free (there is a paid version as well and I’ve been a paid member for many months, but you can do all of this in the free version).

Okay, so hop over to PicMonkey to get started (that is an affiliate link – if you happen to click through and decide to become a paid member, I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you!  It helps to pay the bills around here ;) ).

Okay – so you’re over there at PicMonkey , now you’ll see the “Edit” button at the top.   You can hover over it and select computer to upload a picture from your computer or if you click on “Edit”, it’ll just open up a window for you to select a picture from your computer.

You can see below the original option or the drop-down menu (which is helpful if you want to get the image from somewhere other than your computer).

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Okay – so select your photo and upload it, then you’ll see this:

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The Jungle Theme Cake photo above is already edited (lightened, cropped, etc.) and ready to add the watermark.   You can also do those edits in PicMonkey, but I do most of my editing in Photoshop Elements 12.

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Now that you have it open, click over on the left side on the “Tt” to choose a font and add words. Click that button and you’ll see a menu drop down with dozens and dozens of fonts to choose from (you can scroll and see much more than I have in this shot):

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Scroll until you find a font that you like.  If you see one with a tiny crown beside it, that’s a Royal font (only available in the paid version of PicMonkey).

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I chose the “Great Vibes” font that is circled above, but you can see just below it the Ostrich Ssans Inline font that is available in the Royal (paid) PicMonkey.  Click the font to select it, then click the “Add Text” button at the top and a text box will appear, along with a box to edit the text:

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Just to emphasize, the (1) marks the button to click to add text.  (2) indicates the text box that appears over the photo and (3) is the edit options (size, color, opacity, etc.).

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I clicked in the box and typed “RoseBakes.com”.  It is defaulted to black and a particular size with zero fading.

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First, I click the center button (circled above) to center the text in the box.  You could also just drag the box around to get it where you want it, but I’m a little OCD and I like to center my text in the box.

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Now, so that the text isn’t overwhelming to the photo, I use the “Fade” option to make the lettering opaque.  I just use that sliding bar to get it to a place that looks good on my photo but it still easy to read.  This won’t be the same number for every picture – it really depends on the color of the photo… just play until you’re happy with the look.

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Maybe black/gray doesn’t work for your photo (especially if it’s a darker photo), so just to show you another option… in the above picture I slid the bar up to white, changed the amount of fading and the size, and moved the text over to a darker section of the photo so it would still shine.

Boom.  Done.  Click the save button at the top and your photo is ready to go!

I chose to go back to the faded black option, with a little larger font and more fading for my photo…

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I moved it back to the center and saved.

Jungle Theme Cake with Watermark

And that’s it!  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to answer and help you figure it out!

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