Puzzle Box cake

11.3.11 - 23:00
I've been very busy in the kitchen this last week with it being British Pie Week, Pancake Day and Marc's Birthday (That's Mr Fiancé to you).

Now, traditionally I ask him what kind of cake he would like for his birthday, (like the year he asked for Resident Evil cakes) but this year I surprised him with my choice. The Puzzle Box from Hellraiser. I've not actually seen the film with it being an 18 and my having a rather sensitive disposition ... but he is a big fan.

This was my first attempt at a cake with rolled icing (fondant?) so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. However it seems that all those hours watching Food Network challenge were not wasted and it went fine.

The inside is solid, quite dense chocolate cake with a layer of chocolate fudge covered in chocolate flavoured rolled icing.

I got the patterns* 'printed' onto icing with edible ink. Cool no? I cut them out and applied them to the outside, then painted on some of the details with edible gold lustre powder like this one. It says you need a 'Rejuvenator Spirit' to paint with it, but the lady in the shop told me to just mix it with a little clear alcohol, like vodka or gin. (or you might use Disaronno if you don't have anything else in ... )

I'm pleased with how it turned out and Marc seemed pretty impressed so I'd say that's a win.

* I was going to draw them out but actually I borrowed the panels from this great layout put together by Gonchir. Thank you for saving me -a lot- of time.


  1. ohh my G O D! it is just amazing! if you didn't told it is a cake i would still thinking it is a pretty box :3! it would be cooler if it were in a book's shape!

  2. OMG OMG OMG Big Hellraiser fan here and that is a fooking amazing cake! No really fooking amazing, if you made me that cake I'd ask you to marry me! lol Brilliant x

  3. So how many cakes did you layer to get the square and how large did you have to make the fondant prints? I am going to attempt to make this this weekend for a special birthday. :)

  4. Well I baked it as one solid cake! Probably not the best idea, but it worked.
    As for the printed icing - I got them done at about 12-15cm square so that two panels fitted on an A4 page.

    Good luck with your cake! I'd love to see how it turns out :)