For my husband’s birthday last year I decided I wanted to make him an extra special cake. I made him the iPhone Cake. It was my first time ever working with fondant, and sparked my interest in cake design. I really don’t enjoy baking the actual cake, so I usually use boxed cake (gasp!). I’d rather focus my time making a delicious frosting and decorating the cake.
This year I got the idea to make him a cake that looked like a steak dinner, since he loves steak. I Googled around and looked at other photos of steak cakes and read some tips. I baked a 9×13 red velvet cake and carved it into the general shape of a steak. I used my normal fondant recipe and used gel food coloring. I mixed red, yellow and a dash of blue to make the brown coloring. From what I noticed in pictures, I preferred the ‘steaks’ that had a sheen to them, I though the matte colored fondant didn’t look real enough. To do this, I first dyed the fondant brown and placed it on the cake. With the remaining brown coloring, I mixed into about a cap full of vodka and painted the cake. The alcohol will evaporate and you’re left with the color, and it does not dissolve the fondant like water will. I used a chopstick to make the “grill mark” indents, and then painted them in with black food coloring mixed with a little vodka.