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Ski Slope Cake
It is cold outside where I live and the local ski areas are making a fine living. Many busy folks need to take a cake to a Christmas or winter gathering so here is an easy one that the kids can help with.
Ski Slope Cake Tutorial:
2 white cake mixes with a few changes to the recipe
2 (9-inch) cake pans, prepared
2 (8-inch) cake pans or 1 (8-inch) and 1 (6-inch) cake pan, prepared
2 batches (a total of 6 cups) of Roberta’s Fluffy Icing (see recipe below)
2 (10-inch x 14-inch) Cake Boards and aluminum foil to wrap the cake boards. - You need two (2) for weight and stability.
A spoon and your fingers to put the icing on the cake
Plastic skiers and trees from a local craft shop or online baking site (Location suggestions at the bottom of the page.)
TIP: The cake will be about 6-inches tall, not counting the trees. On this occasion, you will not have to use internal cake structures to hold up the height. If the cake collapses a little no one will ever notice. I would advise that if you are going to be traveling a distance in the car, put three (3) bamboo skewer sticks down the tallest part of the hill to help keep things from sliding around and give stability.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
You need to make the cakes one at a time because you will not have enough space in your normal size oven to bake all of the cakes at the same time.
(1) Prepare one cake mix making these changes:
(2) Prepare the batter again and pour into the two (2) prepared 8-inch pans or the 8-inch and 6-inch prepared pans.
You will need to double this recipe for the Ski Slope Cake. You will need about 20 minutes to make this recipe.
1 cube (4 ounces) butter, room temperature - You can
use either salted or unsalted butter. I prefer the salted version myself. The little bit of salt in the
icing actually enhances the flavors.
In a small pan, heat milk and cornstarch until thickened. This will thicken quickly so keep an eye on the pan and stir and stir. Set aside to cool to about room temperature.
Whip together the room temperature butter and Crisco shortening.
Add sugar and vanilla extract and mix in.
Add the milk mix to the whipped sugar mix, 2 tablespoons at a time over 5 to 10 minutes of mixing. NOTE: You want to make sure that the sugar has completely dissolved and there is no sense of the grains of sugar in the icing.
TIP: If you do not allow the milk mixture to cool down before adding, you can get a deflated icing. In other words, you will lose about 1/3 of the fluffy volume.
Makes about 3 cups icing.
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Place the whole 9-inch cake on the right end of the prepared cake boards. Place the trimmed, crescent moon shape next to it and fill the joint area with icing.
Now you need to start tearing away parts of the 8-inch cake.
Randomly pull away pieces so that you have a sloping effect.
Ice the top of the hill with about 1/2-inch of icing and put the cake part you set aside from the 9-inch cake on the top.
Remove parts of that cake to continue the jagged hill look. I added some of the cake parts to the bottom of the hill to make bumps on the lower cake and to fill in the shape.
If you need to, this is the time to put in the stabilizing Bamboo sticks into the cake. I would put about 3 skewers all the way in, around the highest point of your cake. If you can, pierce the cake board with the
It is time to ice the whole cake now. Glop on some of the icing and start covering the cake with the spoon and your fingers. The reason that I am suggesting that you use your fingers is that if you use a knife you will most likely pull up parts of the cake and get large crumbs in the icing. I found that by using my fingers I had much better control and when I did get lose crumbs, a little icing on my finger and dabbed over the crumb covered up the offending bit of cake
Ice the back side, the top, the slope, and the sides. If you do get a little icing on the aluminum foil, just gently push the icing into the foil so that you have a continuous look from the cake down all the way to the foil. We will not be using a fancy piped edge on this cake so relax and just have fun.
If you need to order the skiers and trees online, you can get them from Country Kitchens, Sweet Celebrations, and from SugarCrafters. All three companies will mail the decorations to your home. I ordered the skiers (two in a package) and an additional package of the taller trees that are about 4-inches tall. I have also seen these items at my local craft store.
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