RKT – Rice Krispie Treats

Taking a break from the storage posts to talk about using Rice Krispie Treats for modelling when making cakes.  I had watched Duff on Ace of Cakes use these frequently and a couple of years ago decided to try them for myself and now use them all the time.

The recipe I use is:-

50g margarine or butter
200g marshmallows
150g crisped rice cereal

Prepare a greased dish, I use a glass Pyrex roasting dish.

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Melt the margarine in a saucepan over a low heat

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Once it is melted add the marshmallows

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Stir until melted and mixed thoroughly with the melted margarine.

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Remove from the heat and stir in the crisped rice

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Spoon into the greased bowl, flatten down, cover loosely with food wrap and leave overnight to firm up.

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Now for the fun part!

My brother was 50 last week and had a party at the weekend. I wanted to make him a special cake, the theme being all the things he enjoys most.  I decided to make a model of their sofa out of RKT and have a model of my brother lying on it.

First I made the basic shape from the RKT, cutting and sticking bits together as needed.

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At this stage the model can be covered in a layer of buttercream which helps to smooth the shape and fill in the gaps.  I didn’t do that this time as I wanted a bit of texture to the finished sofa.  Instead I covered it in a layer of fondant and smoothed that out as much as possible. Once that had hardened slightly I added the top layer of icing and marked the cushions and leather detail using a dresden tool.

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And the sofa on the finished cake

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