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Soft Taco Cake by Ti-7-4Raven Soft Taco Cake by Ti-7-4Raven
So this was a cake I made for :iconwixed001:'s graduation party. It's the second theme cake I've done for someone.

It is a cake, shaped like a soft taco. Me and my gf/sous chef :iconlunainvidia: made it in about 18 hours of work from 7pm to about 1pm the next day when we did the final touches and rushed it to the party hoping it wouldn't get killed by our near 100 degree weather.

It's made entirely from edibles, no dowels for support or foam or that kind of thing. The only things not edible are the plate and dip bowls.

I tried to use as little fondant as possible cuz personally I hate the taste...and I wanted it to be edible in a good way, not just a scientific way.

Starting from the inside out:

Believe it or not there IS actually cake in there, fortunately color didn't matter for this so I used confetti cake cuz it is Wixed's favorite. Honestly probably only a little over a third of this "cake" is actual cake. The cake is carved in there to help give it some shape and well...some cake...

Surrounding the cake is vanilla frosting in two colors. The color nearest the fold in the taco shell is a reddish brown for the "re-fried beans" in this taco, I mixed in some dark chocolate chips to give it that sort of lumpy look, it didn't show up too well in the pictures but it's there.

The other color is a slightly darker brown that you don't see a whole lot of due to the fact its more of a background color for the "beef"

The surface of the beef I made by getting dark chocolate chunks and tossing them in a blender to get a very random size and shape variation and then stuck them into the surface of the darker frosting so they look like they could very well be little pieces of cow.

For the "lettuce" I used shredded coconut, dyed it with green food coloring, then let that sit, rinsed some of it out, and then put some yellow in, let some of that set, and then rinsed it till the water in the strainer ran clear and kept fine tuning it till I had the right color. This process also helped me wash off a good portion of the extra sugar which was good because this cake was apparently richer than a sultan. After the color was just right we spread it on a baking sheet and let it dry under my fan and later at very low temperature in the oven just so it wasn't quite as moist as it was after all the dying and rinsing.

For the "cheese" I took white chocolate, melted it down, dyed it cheddar orange, and then let it re solidify. After that I took the hardened (or rather mostly hardened due to the fact it started melting very quickly in the heat here) white chocolate (orange cocoa butter to be politically correct) and used a cheese grater to put it on the taco just like you would cheese on a real taco. Why make getting the right shape hard when its so easy to get it?

The "tomatoes" are actually strawberries, we just peeled them and made sure to try and only take the red bits.

For the shell (which is actually where I started at 7) I made about a 1/2 inch thick rice krispie treat in my 14 inch round cake pan.

On top of that went the fondant, I used as little as possible so that's only about 1/16th of an inch thick. Then I made a small bit of dark brown fondant and worked it in for the spots, and colored the shades in.

The sour cream dip is whipped cream that I worked down so it wasn't quite so fluffy (unfortunately the heat killed it rather quickly anyway), and the guacamole is colored butter cream. The tortilla chips on the side are made of fondant just like the shell but colored yellow.

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Angry-buddha-88 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Oh god, NOW I find it. I was looking for this everywhere!

I had a mexican party a while back and I made a taco cake too, but I did it like [link] (this) instead. T'was a big hit!
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Ti-7-4Raven Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Hehe, looks good :)

I still wish at the time I would have known to use an oil based food coloring for the white chocolate every time I look back at it ^.^

I still need to learn how to make rice krispies treats as solidly as they do on the cake competitions too, mine were waaaaaaaay more flexible than theirs.
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No-Dogs-Allowed Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
When I saw the picture of this I thought it was pretty good. When I read what you had to do to make it, I upgraded my opinion to AMAZING!!
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Ti-7-4Raven Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Thanks ^.^

Always good to hear :)
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inner-etch Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
i like the idea of the rice krispies in there... id never have thought of that one.
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Ti-7-4Raven Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Thanks :)
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Wixed001 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
pieces*....oops
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Wixed001 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
EEEEE Taco Cake!

Thank you so much for this! I'm really excited that I got to be a first in your decorating career. It tastes so good too. I'll have to bring some to people to have them taste it.

<3 this cake to peices!
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Ti-7-4Raven Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
No pun intended I presume?
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Wixed001 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
I....think so?
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