Then I just needed the perfect excuse to make it, and lo and behold a good friend of a slightly Gothic inclination happened to have a birthday, how convenient!
So please give a warm welcome to the Dragon Cake, my most ambitious, and prized, creation to date!
Isn't it lovely? Even if I do say so myself! ;)
The cake itself is a large Red Velvet Cake, as this happens to be the recipient's favourite cake. Which was useful, as it also fitted with the red & black colour scheme I'd decided on.
The frosting is plain buttercream, coloured with black food gel. I tried making proper cream cheese frosting, but it seems it doesn't colour very well. After two failed, very runny attempts I gave up for the sake of time, expense, and my sanity!
The wings are piped white chocolate, coated in silver lustre dust. Well, I say "chocolate"... I invested a lot of time and money into trying to temper chocolate to make the wings. I even bought a thermometer. But unfortunately the skill seems somewhat beyond me and resulted in floppy wings every time. So I resorted to Tate & Lyle Chocolate Cake Covering which I have to say was fantastic! Top marks to T&L for that. Next time I'll use dark, however, to better show the silver.
The wrapper I made by hand, using black paper, and a red translucent paper/plastic hybrid stuff I came across in Hobbycraft. I half-inched the sleeping dragon design from a website - whoever you are, thanks! ;) It took me a while with my trusty craft knife to cut them out, I can tell you!
Finally the whole thing was liberally sprinkled with red edible glitter, and popped in a box I made myself from black card. Tied it all up with a big red bow, beautiful!
Here's a nice close up of the wrapper:
And a step by step of the wings:
Draw your design onto a piece of paper, and tape some baking parchment over the top. Use a piping syringe to pipe melted chocolate over the lines you've drawn.
Simply frost the cupcake, poke the wings into the frosting, pop the cake into the wrapper, dust with glitter, and the creation is complete.
I discovered that the chocolate takes the colouring gels really well, so my next project is a Fairy Cake, using pink chocolate for the wings, covered with the silver again, and probably white icing. I think a pink lady cake would be a good base for this.
If you would like a copy of the wing template, or the sleeping dragon, contact me via the comments and I can provide.
Thanks for looking!