I’d like to thank the Academy for the inspiration for this week’s baking adventure…
If you’re a total movie nerd like me, you’ve been counting down the days until the Academy Awards. Fortunately, the anticipation is almost over- it’s Oscar Weekend! In honor of the occasion, one of my favorite nights of the year, I just had to make a dessert for our Academy Awards viewing party.
One of the number one items I think of in relation to movies and Hollywood is the clapperboard… that little gadget they snap between each scene, that no one ever really knows the name of. A relatively easy shape, a clapperboard cake was a no-brainer.
One way that I made this process easier was to use a sugar cookie “softy” cake, as opposed to regular cake, as the base. It’s a little easier to work with, as it’s a cross between the consistency of a cake, and a sugar cookie, and makes carving and frosting a little easier. While this recipe is a little more time consuming than what I normally bake, the process is quite simple, and the finished product well worth it.
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 cup skim milk
- 5 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 black and 1 white Wilton’s Fondant Sugar Sheets
- 1 can buttercream pre-made frosting
- white and black cookie icing (squeezable, one you can write with)
Baking the Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix softened butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir into the sugar mixture alternately with the milk. Pour into buttered and floured baking sheet, spreading so a thin layer covers the entire sheet.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown. Let cool.
Decorating the Cake
- Once the cake has cooled, cut one large piece, just smaller than your fondant sheet. This will be the larger square of the clapperboard. Then cut a skinny rectangle of the same width- this will be the top of your clapperboard.
- Spread buttercream icing over each section of the cake- this will serve as a glue for the fondant. Lay full black fondant sugar sheet over bottom larger square of cake. Cut the other black fondant sheet in half and lay it over the top rectangle of cake. Smooth over with fingers.
- Outline the white stripes for the clapperboard directly on the black fondant with your white cookie icing, then cut strips of white fondant to match. Lay them over the icing outlines.
- After letting that set for a few minutes, outline it all with the black cookie icing- this will give it a cleaner look with more defined lines.
Make it Your Own!
Now it’s time to get creative. Using your white icing, decorate the open area of the clapperboard however you please. I chose “The Oscar’s”, but feel free to write whatever your heart desires. You can also use your leftover cookie dough to make some star shaped sugar softies- I iced mine with leftover buttercream frosting, and sprinkled them with gold and silver Wilton’s Edible Pearl Dust. Place one in the corner of your cake for a little extra decoration.
Try it out for yourself- I’d love to hear how it goes. For another great party dessert idea for this weekend, you can also check out Bakerella’s Oscar Statue cookies here. Have a Happy Academy Awards Weekend! I’ve got my favorites picked out… how about you?