It has been extremely cold here the past 2-3 weeks and my family and I have been going crazy! We are so ready for a change in the weather so we can at least get outside and enjoy it! I don’t think that’s too much to ask…
My kids are big Disney fans. We plan, someday, to take our kids to Disneyland! Derek and I also have never been, so it’s a definite trip on our bucket list. In our house, Nora is constantly dressing up in one of her many Disney princess outfits, and both kids know all the words to many of the most popular Disney songs. (For the best sing-along playlist, I highly recommend “Sing-Along Favorites From Disney Movies” on Google Play.)
To escape the extreme cold warning (seriously) on Saturday, we watched Disney’s Moana. What better way to escape the cold than to watch a movie set in the South Pacific? I absolutely love this movie, for many reasons:
- The music.
- Moana is a powerful, strong, and independent female lead.
- The graphics are pretty amazing, and I love that the ocean is a character in the story.
- The music…did I say that already? I’m one of those nerds who watches the Special Features of every movie. I love the behind-the-scenes and seeing what goes into the creation of a film. How they developed the score for Moana is so interesting. If you haven’t watched it, you should definitely check it out!
While we were enjoying Moana, I suddenly had a vision for this cake. One of my favourite moments in the film is when Moana helps Te Ka/Te Fiti realize her true self. Contrasting both characters on this cake reflects that moment in the film. I made the design simple enough so I could quickly create my vision. (Let’s be honest, with house-bound kids, no one has time for an 8 hour cake.)
Te Ka’s lava is made from orange and yellow buttercream blended together. Over top of the lava, I piped black buttercream in a very random pattern to resemble molten rock. I just love how it turned out!
Te Fiti was created using leaf green and forest green coloured buttercream. To create an inconsistent pattern in my rosettes, I placed both colours randomly in my piping bag. Finally, I added purple and pink flowers to create a tropical feel that mimics Te Fiti’s head wreath.
Wrapping Te Fiti’s lush greenery into Te Ka’s harsh rock helps blend the two sides together to create one cohesive cake.
To finish off the cake, I decided to use the spiral and heart of Te Fiti as a topper. Te Ka’s spiral is made out of buttercream and fondant. Te Fiti’s heart is two shades of green fondant.
You Will Need:
- 1 batch of my Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (prepare recipe with half shortening)
- Americolor Leaf Green, Forest Green, Fuchsia, Deep Pink, Black, Orange, and Yellow! It is gluten, tree nut, and peanut free!
- Wilton piping tips: 1M, 5, 224, and 16
- piping bags
- small bowls for mixing food colouring into frosting
- spoon or spatula for mixing in food colouring
- angled spatula
- marshmallow fondant or store-bought fondant (orange, dark green, light green)
- toothpicks to hold up the fondant topper