Connor Jackson
Project

Pouring Wine Bottle Cake (With Instructions)

Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake Metal rod, 2 plastic wine glasses, a strong wooden base, industrial strength glue, cake or styrofoam, fondant, modeling chocolate, piping gel, rice Krispy treats, food coloring, cheese knife, corks, grapes What advice would you give someone starting this project? COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS: There is quite a bit of thought and planning before diving into the project so make sure to gather all of your materials beforehand. Carve the bottle from Rice Krispy Treats. Using the metal rod, insert it into the bottle fairly deep. Then carefully pull out the rod. This is just to make a hole for later. Cover the bottle with black modeling chocolate. Print out the recipient's favorite wine label from Google. I actually photoshopped the label to have my client's birth year and a little message "Happy Birthday JB". ***Make the Rice Krispy Treat bottle in advance so that it has time to get hard and stale. ***It is extremely difficult to make homemade modeling chocolate black. Even when you mix dark chocolate with black food coloring, the chocolate separates. I would suggest either purchasing black modeling chocolate or using Wilton black candy melts. I drilled a hole that was the same size as the metal rod through the stem of the plastic wine glass. Impossible? I thought so too! I would suggest a plastic wine glass with a thicker stem and drill the hole slowly. You can slowly insert the drill bit into the bottom of the glass and retract. Repeatedly inserting and retracting until you get to the middle of the stem. When you get to the middle, enter from the top of the glass and meet the two holes at the center of the stem. Before inserting the metal rod into the wine glass, use a vice to bend the part that will be inserted into the bottle. It is a tight squeeze to get the metal rod through the stem of the wine glass so I suggest coating part of the rod with shortening or vaseline. Drill a hole (the diameter of the rod) into the wooden base. And insert the rod with industrial strength glue. The glass should still be able to slide around the rod so carefully slide it up a bit. Cut a slit in the cake and slide it onto the wooden board, into the rod so that it is in its final position on the base. You can also do what I did and use styrofoam. I chose styrofoam because I wanted this to last as long as possible! (And in case you're wondering, it already lasted months!) Tie dye some fondant with different shades of brown, roll it out, and cover the cutting board cake. Using the back of a paint brush or a fondant tool, drag lines in the fondant to give it a wood grain texture. ***Make sure that the tie dyed fondant is light shades of brown because the paint will darken the color later. Then mix brown food coloring with vodka to make an edible paint. I did two shades, one lighter and one darker. I painted the lighter brown on the entire board using a thick paint brush. I then gave the board and the lines more detail using the darker brown. Don't be afraid to use a generous amount of paint on the board. I made mine fairly dark. Dye piping gel red. (I used a mixture of red and burgundy). Glob it all over the metal rod and carefully wipe it on the sides of the wine glass using a spoon. Carefully fill the second wine glass with the piping gel as well. ***For the filled wine glass, warm the piping gel in the microwave so that it is more fluid. Carefully pour the warm piping gel into the wine glass. The cheese is sculpted from rice Krispy treats and modeling chocolate and the meat is modeling chocolate. The grapes were real. The corks and cheese knife were real as well. For transporting purposes, I left the wine bottle off of the metal rod until I arrived at the venue. I also left all of the other components (cheese, meat, grapes, etc.) separate from the cake until I arrived. Good luck with this cake. It is not easy but it is so much fun to make! If you have any questions please comment below or email me at legateau.specialtycakes@gmail.com . To see more of my work, you can check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LeGateau.SpecialtyCakes

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Connor Jackson made Pouring Wine Bottle Cake (With Instructions) with:

Gravity-Defying Cake Designs

Online Class

Gravity-Defying Cake Designs

with Lauren Kitchens

Project Description

Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake Metal rod, 2 plastic wine glasses, a strong wooden base, industrial strength glue, cake or styrofoam, fondant, modeling chocolate, piping gel, rice Krispy treats, food coloring, cheese knife, corks, grapes What advice would you give someone starting this project? COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS: There is quite a bit of thought and planning before diving into the project so make sure to gather all of your materials beforehand. Carve the bottle from Rice Krispy Treats. Using the metal rod, insert it into the bottle fairly deep. Then carefully pull out the rod. This is just to make a hole for later. Cover the bottle with black modeling chocolate. Print out the recipient's favorite wine label from Google. I actually photoshopped the label to have my client's birth year and a little message "Happy Birthday JB". ***Make the Rice Krispy Treat bottle in advance so that it has time to get hard and stale. ***It is extremely difficult to make homemade modeling chocolate black. Even when you mix dark chocolate with black food coloring, the chocolate separates. I would suggest either purchasing black modeling chocolate or using Wilton black candy melts. I drilled a hole that was the same size as the metal rod through the stem of the plastic wine glass. Impossible? I thought so too! I would suggest a plastic wine glass with a thicker stem and drill the hole slowly. You can slowly insert the drill bit into the bottom of the glass and retract. Repeatedly inserting and retracting until you get to the middle of the stem. When you get to the middle, enter from the top of the glass and meet the two holes at the center of the stem. Before inserting the metal rod into the wine glass, use a vice to bend the part that will be inserted into the bottle. It is a tight squeeze to get the metal rod through the stem of the wine glass so I suggest coating part of the rod with shortening or vaseline. Drill a hole (the diameter of the rod) into the wooden base. And insert the rod with industrial strength glue. The glass should still be able to slide around the rod so carefully slide it up a bit. Cut a slit in the cake and slide it onto the wooden board, into the rod so that it is in its final position on the base. You can also do what I did and use styrofoam. I chose styrofoam because I wanted this to last as long as possible! (And in case you're wondering, it already lasted months!) Tie dye some fondant with different shades of brown, roll it out, and cover the cutting board cake. Using the back of a paint brush or a fondant tool, drag lines in the fondant to give it a wood grain texture. ***Make sure that the tie dyed fondant is light shades of brown because the paint will darken the color later. Then mix brown food coloring with vodka to make an edible paint. I did two shades, one lighter and one darker. I painted the lighter brown on the entire board using a thick paint brush. I then gave the board and the lines more detail using the darker brown. Don't be afraid to use a generous amount of paint on the board. I made mine fairly dark. Dye piping gel red. (I used a mixture of red and burgundy). Glob it all over the metal rod and carefully wipe it on the sides of the wine glass using a spoon. Carefully fill the second wine glass with the piping gel as well. ***For the filled wine glass, warm the piping gel in the microwave so that it is more fluid. Carefully pour the warm piping gel into the wine glass. The cheese is sculpted from rice Krispy treats and modeling chocolate and the meat is modeling chocolate. The grapes were real. The corks and cheese knife were real as well. For transporting purposes, I left the wine bottle off of the metal rod until I arrived at the venue. I also left all of the other components (cheese, meat, grapes, etc.) separate from the cake until I arrived. Good luck with this cake. It is not easy but it is so much fun to make! If you have any questions please comment below or email me at legateau.specialtycakes@gmail.com . To see more of my work, you can check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LeGateau.SpecialtyCakes

Q&A with Connor Jackson

Garden Baker asked:
Very nice job!
Connor Jackson answered:
Thank you!
sharynpeters asked:
Hi Conner I am going to attempt to make this cake for my friend for her 60th. I have bought black candy melts for the bottle but not sure the best way to cover it. Any suggestions please!!!
Connor Jackson answered:
Hi Sharyn, I would suggest making modeling chocolate using the candy melts. Here is a recipe: https://www.craftsy.com/blog/modeling-chocolate-recipe-instructions/ You can roll the modeling chocolate thin and wrap it around the bottle like you would with fondant. You can trim the excess modeling chocolate in the back and smooth out the seam. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
sharynpeters asked:
Hi Conner I'm in the process of making this cake. bottle is shaped and have just made the modeling choc and will cover the bottle tomorrow. My question is now how easy was it to get the piping gel to stick to the rod??
Connor Jackson answered:
It really was not too difficult at all. I pretty much just used the back of a spoon to glob it along the dowel, creating the dripping texture. The piping gel should stick right on to the rod without sliding down. Not sure if it makes any difference what brand of piping gel, but I used Wilton.
sharynpeters asked:
Also what was your length of rod between the bottle and the wine glass ??
Connor Jackson answered:
The distance from the tip of the bottle to the stem of the wine glass was between 1 and 1.5 ft.
BritGirlUSA asked:
Hi Connor! I am in love with this cake and am going to attempt to make it next weekend. Can I ask the diameter of the metal rod that you used? and also if you covered the rod with anything before attaching the bottle and adding the piping gel?
Connor Jackson answered:
Hi! I don't remember the diameter of the rod, but it was probably around 5/16in. Whatever is slightly smaller than the stem of the plastic wine glass should work. Also, this wasn't in the instructions, but after the wine glass was on the metal rod, I slid a clear rubber tube over the rod (from the top of the rod to the bottom of the bowl of the wine glass). It was a little tough; I think I used some Crisco to help it slide more easily. The rubber tube just allowed for a thicker stream of wine. Let me know if you have any other questions.