Constitution Day Cake

Today marks the anniversary of the Constitution!  Our Classical Conversations group decided to host a Constitution Day celebration and what a celebration it was….

My task was to get a sheet cake for the event.  Being the “Martha Stewart wannabe” that I am, I decided I would make a cake SHAPED like the fabulous document that is our Constitution (I mean, doesn’t our Constitution deserves something Martha Stewart-esque??)  

After scouring Pinterest and the web for a couple of hours, I couldn’t find anything like what I had in mind.  I wanted to be able to use fondant because the kid in me relates it to childhood memories of playing with Play-Doh.  Here’s how we made our Constitution cake!

We started with a plain sheet cake and covered it with plain ol’ store bought vanilla icing.

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Jacy wanted to put the icing on the cake and she did an awesome job doing it!  We tried to place enough icing on the cake to ensure it had a great icing flavor just in case attendees to program shared our distaste for fondant.

We colored the fondant with brown, gel coloring and smoothed it over the cake.  The color looked more like human skin (yuck!) than a weathered document.  I then used a paper napkin to dab the gel coloring over the entire cake and followed up by wiping the same paper napkin (now wet with water) over the top and sides of the cake.

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Once we had the correct amount of aging on the “document” part of the cake, we had to begin working on the flag that we were going to drape across the bottom half of the cake.  There was NO way I was going to attempt to write the entire contents (or even a portion, for that matter) of the Constitution on this cake.  The flag was the only way to keep from having to letter the entire cake and to hide the areas with torn fondant.

We cut strips and rolled balls out of the red and blue fondant.  The balls were used to hide the ragged edges of the cake.  Because I’m not an excellent baker or cake decorator, I had no clue how to get the red and white strips to fuse together.  I tried to “glue” them together by applying a little water at the seams, but that didn’t go so well.  I wanted to just be able to lay them side by side and roll them with the rolling pin- fusing them together, but that didn’t go so well either.   I managed to get them to stick together just enough to pick up the whole flag and place it on the cake.  If I had to do it again, I would just place them on the cake individually- which is what I actually had to do once I got it on the cake anyway because the strips didn’t stay fused together.

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We tore Wal-mart apart, our bedrooms, our arts and crafts stash, and even hit up the Play-Doh accessories in search of the perfect “star” cutter.  We couldn’t find one small enough to make tiny stars like we needed for this cake.  While searching in Wal-Mart, we were looking at baby items and my oldest daughter, Leiana, had a brilliant idea!  My 6 month old niece eats these little, star-shaped goodies made by Gerber.  (They come in a variety of flavors and are meant to dissolve in a baby’s mouth.)  We chose the strawberry flavored (as if it mattered) and used icing to adhere them to the cake.   We didn’t use an appropriate number of stars for the cake- we just put them on until it looked “full” of stars.

The most difficult part of the cake was writing “We the People” on the top of the cake.  I bet I wrote those three words about 15 times and scraped them off 14 times.  I CANNOT letter a cake with icing, no matter how many times I’ve tried.  Finally, I decided just to write it however I could and let it go.  And I was extremely pleased with the results!  Check it out:

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If you’re a fellow CC’er, you’ll recognize the map on my dining room table! 🙂  I thoroughly enjoyed making this cake with my children.  I pray that, if you EVER have the need for a Constitution cake, you’ll make this cake and enjoy the process as much as I did.  I’d love to hear of (and see) any other Constitution Day cakes you guys have seen or created on your own!

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