Anyone who watched the Gremlin films will know who (or what) Gizmo is.
My client wanted a cake with Gizmo on it for his wife’s 40th birthday. I wouldn’t usually expect to be making a cake with a gremlin on it for a 40 year old woman.
Having said that most kids would look at you blankly if you started talking about Gizmo and Gremlins and no food after midnight.
Having said that most kids would look at you blankly when you talk.
I was really pleased with Gizmo. He actually looked cuddly even though he was completely made using fondant icing.
I began this cake with the cake itself which was chocolate filled with chocolate butter cream and covered with chocolate marzipan and pale blue fondant icing.
The next thing to do was to make a teddy shaped object with white fondant icing.
I cut out the eyes, again from brown and black fondant.
Once I had a shape I was happy with I could begin applying his fur. I did this with a very handy little tool I have.
It is a clay gun with a tubular section where the fondant is placed. It has a lever at one end which is attached to a spring and pushes the fondant through the tube under pressure.
The other end of the tube can be fitted with different shaped discs to get different effects. I used a disc with lots of little holes in it.
This gave me lots of strings of fondant. I had to cut the strings as they came through and then attach little sections at a time until Gizmo was covered in fur.
This was a very time consuming process as I could only attach small sections of fur at a time and they had to be placed close together so each section of strings did not cover a very big area.
Once Gizmo was done I placed him onto a small round piece of round card covered with white fondant icing.
I inserted a dowel into the centre of the cake to sit under the card that Gizmo was sitting on. By the time he had all his fur on he was quite heavy and I did not want him to sink into the cake.
Once he was in place on top of the cake I cut the letters and numbers from rolled out white fondant which looked great against the pale blue background of the cake.
I remember in the films that little Gizmo always had a slightly worried, vulnerable look and he looks that way on this cake which is great.