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Twisted Cakes

The voodoo doll is derived from the English poppet, a doll used in folk magic and witchcraft to represent a speciffiic person. It’s said that actions performed on a poppet are transferred to that person. Love- sick? Sick of a loved one? Fashion a cake doll of your target, and insert pins. What better way to say, “I’m thinking of you”?



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Twisted Cakes by Debbie Goard

Published by Other

A show-stopping cookbook like no other, <EM>Twisted Cakes</EM> features arresting, eye-catching designs and instructions for creating deliciously, delightfully evil cakes and cupcakes for every occasion. San Francisco cake designer Debbie Goard, whose work has been featured on The Food Network’s “Cake Off” challenge, showcases shockingly original designs that range from surprisingly simple to challenging—to appeal to both novice and more experienced cake decorators—for such devilish delights as the Day of the Dead Sugar Skull, the Creepy Clown, the Venus Fly Trap, and the Can of Worms.<BR>

© 2014 Debbie Goard / Other · Reproduced with permission.


  1. Step 1 1

    prepare the pins 2
    Start making the pins at least a day ahead of presenting the cake. Break off small lengths of spaghetti, about 2–3 in. (5–7.5 cm) long, and carefully insert into the Styrofoam block so that they are held firmly upright.

  2. Step 2 2

    paint the pins
    Paint the spaghetti
    strands with silver luster
    dust mixed with a few drops
    of vodka or lemon extract. Place in Styrofoam block to dry.

  3. Step 3 3

    form the pinheads
    Pinch off small pieces of the red fondant and
    roll them into very small balls to create the pinheads.

  4. Step 4 4

    position the pinheads

    Place the fondant pinheads in a small container, a few at a time, and lightly sprinkle with
    dry pearl dust. Insert a pinhead carefully onto the top of each dry painted spaghetti strand. Leave overnight to set.

  5. Step 5 5

    create button eyes

    Roll out the black fondant on a lightly dusted surface to a thickness of about 1⁄2 in. (1 cm).

  6. Step 6 6

    cut out buttons

    Using the larger end of the no.2A icing tip, cut two round shapes from the rolled-out black fondant.

  7. Step 7 7

    Set aside the trimmings.

  8. Step 8 8

    finish the buttons

    With smaller end of no.2A icing tip, imprint rim detail on buttons.

  9. Step 9 9

    Using smaller end of no.6 icing tip, cut four holes in each button. Roll out more black fondant and use craft knife to cut thin strips for thread. Insert into buttonholes. Let dry.

  10. Step 10 10

    cut out the cake

    Cut out baking parchment shape using doll template. Attach parchment shape to chilled square cake with a few dabs of decorator’s buttercream icing. Cut body shape from the cake, following the outline of the parchment shape.

  11. Step 11 11

    shape the cake

    With the serrated knife, shape the sides of the doll’s body, slightly rounding the cake off at the edges.

  12. Step 12 12

    fix body to board

    With large piping bag and quick-ice tip, pipe a strip of buttercream icing onto the covered cake board...

  13. Step 13 13

    and lay the body-shaped cake on top to fix in place.

  14. Step 14 14

    make the head

    Pipe a layer of buttercream over the flat surface of one mini half-ball of cake. Place the other mini half-ball of cake on top to form the doll’s head.

  15. Step 15 15

    attach the head

    Place the cake head ontop the body on the cake board using a dab of buttercream icing to fix it in place.

  16. Step 16 16

    ice the doll

    Pipe buttercream all
    around the outline of the head and body of the doll, then pipe more buttercream over entire top surface of doll until it is completely covered in icing.

  17. Step 17 17

    smooth the icing

    Using the curved spatula,
    carefully smooth over the entire surface of the icing, covering all of the doll.

  18. Step 18 18

    prepare fondant cover

    Roll out the white fondant
    onto a dusted surface. Using fondant smoother and stiff burlap, imprint surface of fondant with texture.

  19. Step 19 19

    cover the doll Carefully wrap the textured fondant loosely around rolling pin. Gently unfurl the fondant onto the iced doll, covering the body and head.

  20. Step 20 20

    trim and shape body

    Trim off excess fondant from around the doll with a craft knife and set aside.

  21. Step 21 21

    Tuck under edges of fondant on doll for a rounded look.

  22. Step 22 22

    add features

  23. Step 23 23

    Using modeling tool, mark outline of muscles and other anatomical details by adding folds to the body and legs of doll.

  24. Step 24 24

    make the arms

    Shape the arms from modeling chocolate.

  25. Step 25 25

    Roll out
    reserved white fondant and wrap around the chocolate arms. Trim away excess fondant.

  26. Step 26 26

    attach and texture arms

    Attach the arms to the body with a dab of water.

  27. Step 27 27

    Imprint the arms with burlap, as was done for the body in Step 15. With stitching wheel, add stitching detail all along the sides of the head and body.

  28. Step 28 28

    airbush the doll

    Airbrush light layer of warm brown color all over the head and body, emphasizing the details and
    shape of features.

  29. Step 29 29

    add heart and stitching

    Roll out remaining red and black fondant. Cut voodoo heart template from red fondant with cutter. Fix to doll with dab of water. Indent holes at stitch sites on mouth, arms, neck, and heart. Cut thin strips of red and black fondant and insert ends into holes.

  30. Step 30 30

    add button eyes

    Position the prepared button eyes in place on the head and fix in place with a dab of water. Use modeling tool to emphasize the detailing on the eyes.

  31. Step 31 31

    position the pins

  32. Step 32 32

    Carefully remove the prepared pins from the Styrofoam block and insert into the body of the voodoo doll.

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