Boxing Gloves Cake

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Cake. Haven’t made one in a while. So it was a real treat when I was asked to make some boxing gloves for a birthday cake. This cake was made for a little boy’s second birthday. He’s a big fan of boxing. And Rocky. I mean, who isn’t? I actually love Rocky. I love Rocky so much that I watched all 5 (before there was that 6th one) in row. Like in one sitting. Ok, to be fair, I was on a bus from Haverhill to Washington D.C. and it wasn’t so much a choice as the result of lobbying by a bus full of boys, but by the end I was hooked.

This cake has a little something special though. It plays music! Yup, see that bell up there? When you press the center button, “Gonna Fly Now” (the theme from Rocky) plays. It’s pretty sweet. And I’m going to show you how I do it.

First you make cake. This cake is a chocolate cake.

batter

To make a pair of boxing gloves I ended up making two 8″ round cakes and two 9″ square cakes. This decision was mostly a function of what cake pans I had available.

pan

After the cakes were baked, I stacked them up. Each glove was one square cake with one round cake stacked on top. The cakes were carved free hand after looking at many many pictures of boxing gloves online.

stacked_cakes

After carving the cakes, I iced each cake with a thin layer of icing just to smooth things over. Quickly dipping the spatula into a glass of water helps the icing going on more smoothly.

iced

Then comes the fun part! After I carved each cake and put on the crumb coat, I covered the cakes with fondant. Red fondant covered the majority of the cake with some black for the wrist area. The white stuff is corn starch which helps prevent the fondant from sticking to the counter. It works like a charm.

fondant_covered

After I put on the first layer of fondant, I used a stitch tool to make it look like there were stitches around the wrist area. In the crease area between the thumb and the rest of the glove I added some more detail using a wooden dowel to make it look like the material was bunching. Some red piping finished off the detail.

pair

The last bit was the lettering (which I forgot to take a close-up picture of). I cut the letters out of white fondant by hand using a paring knife.

Finally, I can’t very well deliver a cake covered in white dust. So, I used my airbrush to clean off the cake and give it a little shine. The airbrush is a regular painting airbrush from the craft store. I spray the cake with a mixture of shimmer powder and rum (usually I use vodka, but I didn’t have any on hand). The alcohol evaporates quickly (much faster than water) to leave the cake looking smooth and shiny without affecting the taste or consistency of the fondant.

airbrush

There are special air compressors that sit on the counter and are made to be used for cake decorating. But I don’t use one of those. No no, I use this:

compressor

My air compressor is for industrial work. I believe it came with a staple gun and safety glasses. After a quick spray, the cake is finished!

boxing_glvoes

Of course, I haven’t shown you how to do the super-cool, secret extra surprise. It’s actually not that hard. I mean, I’m a mechanical engineer and I’ve somehow managed to figure out how to hook up a circuit (shh..don’t tell my electrical engineer friends).

The secret to the music is this:

card

That’s right, a cheesy greeting card. The cheesier the better.

music

What’s really important is what you find when you rip that card open. Inside, is a conveniently packaged, self-powered, music box. After a few trips to a bunch of different stores, I managed to find the appropriate song. These cards are all over the place: bookstores, grocery stores, Walmart, Target…just need to do a little hunting.

Then, a quick trip to Radioshack to find the appropriate switch and you’re on your way.

button

Basically, the card works by placing a piece of cardboard between to metal leads. When you open the card, the metal parts touch and the circuit is complete. Then you can listen to your favorite 30 second clip…over and over and over again. The switch just allows the user to control that circuit. One wire goes to each metal lead and when you press the button, the circuit is complete!

The music assembly was taped to the underside of the cake board and the switch was just embedded in a fondant “boxing bell”. Press the button and get inspired!

bell

It’s not too hard and definitely adds a special extra touch to a cake! I think I’m ready to go for a run and chase some chickens now…

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  1. Johnb279

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  2. Shanydelights

    Hi thank u very much for putting this video up I tryed it and it worked and very simple to do but notice the more icing I put on it the singing got quite and more quite is that why u placed it on the board and not on cake . Was also woundering if u tried it on anything else and would u be able to hear it if I was to do it as a nose like on a teddy bear or a horn for a car ? Thanks again

  3. Shanydelights

    Thank u ever so much for puttin this video up I tryed it and it worked the person was so happy I was wondering if u have tryed it on anything else like a teddy for a nose or on a car for a horn but one thing I notice that when I puttin on icing the song gets quite and more quite is that why u put it on board and it can’t go on top of cakes thanks

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      Simmie

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a website for this card. I think I stumbled upon the card in the greeting card section of the store. Sorry I can’t help you out!

  5. reina

    Hi, Starting a cake & cupcake business..doing a party in 1 week. Thank u for the step by step process, came just in time. Looks perfect for my theme.

  6. ana

    Hi… I came across your cake and fell in love with it! Its an amazing cake. I have a question how did you the whole circuit thing? Im planning on doing something similar for my husband but i just can’t seem to understand how you did it. Is it possible that you can let me know but step by step im not very good at this electrical stuff.

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      Simmie

      Unfortunately I don’t think I have a full tutorial anywhere online with pictures, which is probably what would be the easiest way to do it. Do you understand how a circuit works? My suggestion would be to look for a greeting card that plays music and take it apart. One part of the card is the music player. There’s usually a strip of metal that is separated from the music player side by a piece of paper or cardboard. Basically, you are going to reroute that connection using wire and a switch. There’s generally soldering involved as well, so it’s best to familiarize with some of this electrical stuff before jumping in. Here’s some info about switches: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switch

      And some info on circuits: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/circuit.htm

      Hope that helps!

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    Simmie

    I made the stitching by using a fondant tool. You can buy them at most craft stores: http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-1907-1206-Cutter-Embosser/dp/B000W5G5HA

    Just make sure you put the stitching on when the fondant is still soft. If you try to do it much later, the fondant will just crack.

    I think when I carved the cake, I took some of the pieces I carved off to fill in the gaps between the different sized cakes. And then yes, the rest of it is filled in with lots and lots of icing. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know how it turns out!

  8. Lorraine Johnson

    Hey There LOVE the cake looks awesome!! Just a question before i attempt to make it (fingers crossed), can you please explain how you did the stitching and also where do you buy red fondant? I have baked a few birthday cakes now but am still a rookie! also I assume when you lay on the icing that the gap from the round cake and the square is filled in with the icing? I hope that makes sense…

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  12. Kathryn Hill

    Welcome to the 2 year-old birthday party circuit! :-) The cake was a huge hit. One thing Pamela forgot to mention was that, as she was cutting it, the kids would all yell “nooooooooo!” every time the knife hit the cake. Hilarious.

  13. pamela

    Simmie, Quinn Thomas LOVED his birthday cake! Every time we talk about cake now, he starts punching the air — as if all birthday cakes are shaped like boxing gloves. I’ll post some pictures and a video of him actually boxing to the accompaniment of his birthday cake to my blog soon. Thank you so very much for sharing your talent and expertise with us. We are among your biggest fans!

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