Glendale Adventist Hospital hired us to make a roasted pig cake for their Luau party. The cake was MASSIVE and sits on a full sheet cake board. I made the body using 3 4-inch tall 10″ round cake tiers, placed vertically. I made the mistake of not ganaching the tiers first and they semi-collapsed on me…so don’t make my mistake and individually ganache the cakes prior to inverting them! You can learn how to make chocolate ganache here and you can learn how to ganache a cake here.
I used an 8″ hemisphere cake for the head. The thigs and legs are made using rice krispies and the snout and ears are modeling chocolate. I used Fantasia Fondant for the first time on this project. It was really amazing to work with…the elasticity was great and no matter how hard I tugged on the fondant, it didn’t tear! I think I found my new fondant for sculpted cakes! I covered the cake with ivory fondant.
It was my first time making a roasted pig cake and I know it isn’t perfect.The snout looks like the poor thing has an allergy to death… I made it too fat. Live and learn.
I created the roasted look by hand painting with a chocolate brown gel + water wash, adding darker brown for burnt looks.
I used 11 pounds fondant, 6 pounds chocolate ganache, and the cake themselves weighed about 5 pounds.