For many of my friends, I have made super hero cakes. I have made Superman (using a character pain pan) a number of times, Captain Hammer, Ghost Rider and, well, Green Lantern.
Green Lantern is a salted caramel ice cream cake, and until I had a crust fail the cake would have been gluten free. Unfortunately, I made this delicious and moist cake which had two flaws: it cracked and it shrunk.
The cracking wasn't really a surprise, but I expected to be able to cover it with ganache or frosting and have no one really know. However, the shrinking meant that it didn't fit the springform pan I was using for the final cake. Instead I took the cake and processed it with chocolate bunny grahams (and thus ruining the GF nature of it all) and then pressed it up the sides and bottom of the buttered springform pan. I had more crust than I needed, because I didn't make quite as much ice cream as I needed to fill the pan. The ice cream was this recipe and it had its own issues with fail. All my fault, both sets of fails.
The ice cream was resurrected with a bit more custard added to the base and a couple grams of xanthan gum (which did what it did best). The texture wasn't quite like ice cream the way I am used to it, more like a thick and delicious caramel sauce. It was awesome however and everyone seemed to like it just fine.
The green lantern symbol was my last bit of excitement. Normally I would use fondant, but my box of fondant was like diamond hard or at least granite. Instead I colored white chocolate and piped it to shape. Possibly tastier, but really no one was expected to eat the decoration! It was a bit harder to pipe it smooth, but if I had been thinking I would have used a pastry brush and a tiny amount of water to smooth the surface. I've never seen Green Lantern looking so, so rustic!
Oh, and this is the post my husband said I should write. There will be knitting tomorrow as I write about my last knit of 2011.