Bomb cake for a secret agent birthday party.
Obviously, putting a spherical thing on a flat surface has some issues when you want to pick it up and drive around corners. I made the cake a slightly firmer chocolate Madeira sponge rather than my usual chocolate fudge cake. I screwed a sharpened dowel into the board too.
I know some cake makers wouldn't split the cake but, while I understand the stability argument about not putting frosting inside, I'm not a fan of dry, 2 dimensional cake, and a cake should taste good above all. I think a cake needs frosting, cream or jellies to add flavour and texture. This cake has 4 layers of cake, with 3 layers of real chocolate frosting in between.
I crumb coated the cake with a darker chocolate frosting to add stability to the sphere. It looks pleasingly like a planet!
Covering the sphere in the oh-so-annoying-to-use black fondant wasn't as bad as I'd expected actually. I just used a good quality paste, and some patience.
Thankfully, it's winter and not humid... If I have to do it again on an August night when there's a thunder storm outside I might have a very different experience!
By the way, the bomb's fuse is a sparkling candle so should look pretty cool when lit!