The Dalek Cake Toppers: Ingredients/Supplies
Makes 4 Daleks.
What you’ll need:
- Cake Ice cream Cones (like these). I used the Publix brand, the ‘jumbo’ size which is a little larger than standard.
- 1 batch Marshmallow Fondant(Hint, use small marshmallows, and reserve 4-6 for future use.)
- 1 package White chocolate flavored candy coating
- Spray Food colour (I used Wilton Master Color Mist Food Color Spray in Silver. If you’d like your entire dalek in metallics or black, you could get gold, black or other colors as well. I just used the silver for accents. )
- Food coloring. For mine I used some bright colors and black – these are good (Wilton Primary Candy Color Set)
- Icing (whatever you used to frost your base cake – you’re just using this for glue in a few places, you don’t need much).
- Clean styrofoam egg carton (or something similar to the shape of egg carton cups- used as a mold for the dalek head – you could also use a candy mold)
- Toothpicks (I used colored round ones)
- Microplane Zester/Grater (optional, but useful)
Candy I used – you can substitute similar:
- Mike & Ike (Tropical Fruit) (8)
- Dum Dums (4)
- White Tic Tacs (8)
- Melted chocolate
- Candy Dots on Paper (a bunch – 128 individual dots)
- Trader Joe’s chocolate Callets (you could probably substitute a similarly sized wafer cookie for this)
- Small marshmallows (4-6)
Prep Work – Dalek Bodies
We’ll be using Marshmallow fondant for this cake, and I’ve gone over how to make it and work with it in previous tutorials, so I’m not going repeat myself here. Here’s all the details on how to make up a batch: Marshmallow fondant . Do this the night before.
Split up your fondant (use a scale to make it easier, you’ll need about 2 oz for each dalek body/head, in the colors of your choice). Go ahead and knead in your food coloring to the desired color for each 2 oz ball. You’ll also need a ball of gray fondant (black foodcoloring) (maybe 3-4 oz). Save the rest for covering the cake, and making up for mistakes.
Using paper, make a template for the top and bottom grey strips. You’ll want a width of about 1/2 in for the top strip, and around 1 in for the bottom, but since cone sizes vary, templates help.
Roll out the gray fondant thinly, and use your template to measure and mark out the strips (4 of each size) on the sheet of gray dough (but don’t cut out yet). You’ll probably want to add a 1/2 inch to the length of the strips to allow for shrinkage or sizing mishaps, particularly if you’re doing this over several days. Spray the gray dough with your silver spray. Remove the excess-even if it has silver on it, and knead back into a ball for later use. Once the spray dries, cut out your strips.
Melt your candy coating according to package directions in a tall cup. You’ll be dipping your cone into it, so plan accordingly size wize. Dip each cone to cover the outside, and let dry. The coating doesn’t have to look perfect, but it should be relatively smooth.
You’re going to use a styrofoam egg carton as a mold. Pour a spoonful of your leftover candy coating into 6 cups (4 dalek heads plus 2 spares), to about 1/2 inch. You’ll want the diameter of the exposed candy to be approximately the same size as your neck wafers. You can trim later if necessary, but get as close as you can. Refrigerate, and after the candy is solid, you can use your microplane to smooth up the top, and to flatten out the bottom to size as necessary.
My dots were going to be silver, so I needed to spray them with silver spray. If you spray them while still on the paper, they are much easier to do, but be aware, you’ll waste more spray with overspray. If you peel them off, however, the force of spray can knock them around though. I decided to use half yellow dots and half blue dots, figuring that if the spray didn’t completly cover, I’d have a consistent color. (I used the yellow on the yellow & orange daleks, and the blue on the other 2).
Stack 3 chocolate callets, gluing them together with icing (reserve some from frosting the base cake). Mist the stack with silver spray.
I recommend doing 1 full Dalek first, so you can get the technique down, then doing the remainder assembly line style.
Assembling the Body.
Roll out one of the colored pieces of fondant, and using ~3/4 of it, cover your chocolate dipped cone. You can trim off excess at back and bottom, I didn’t worry if I had a seam in the back.
Place one of the wider silver strips on the bottom of your cone, just under where the ridge is. Orient the strip so that the ends will meet on the seam side of your colored fondant. Use water to adhere to the colored fondant, tucking the edges under the bottom of the cone if necessary. Overlap the ends if necessary. BE CAREFUL because the water you are adhering with will cause blotchy-ness on the silver painted side if you touch it with wet hands.
Place one of the skinnier silver strips along the top of the cone, leaving about 1/4 in of the colored fondant showing at the top. Adhere with water, overlap the ends if necessary.
Adding the Silver Dots
Hopefully, you have room for 4 rows of dots between the top and bottom silver strips. My first one, the white one, did not – so it only has 3 rows. I modified strip placement on the subsequent Daleks to allow for 4 rows. 3 is fine too, of course, and is a little easier to do, but I personally liked the look of 4.
Put a small amount of icing in a dish to use as glue. Using your finger, tap out 1 column of glue dots down one side of the body. Place a silver dot on each one to adhere it. Apply another column of Dots on the exact opposite side of the body. Then fill in the rest of the top row (between your two columns) with 3 Dots, then continue down to complete the side. Turn over, and fill in the rest of the top row on the other side with 3 Dots, then complete that side. Let dry, and set aside your body.
Assembling the Head.
Cover with a circle of colored fondant and gently smooth, tucking under the ends.
Use your icing glue to attach the head to the stack of chocolate wafers that make up the neck. Let dry and set aside.
You’re now ready to add the final touches.