Sudoku Puzzle & Pencil Cake
by Helen Hermanstein
Sudoku Birthday Cake
My husband is a Sudoku fanatic - literally. It helps him switch off from the manic pace of his publishing work. I made this cake for his birthday this month (Feb 11) and he absolutely loved it.
It is a fruit cake recipe (his favourite) and the design is a selection of Sudoku puzzles, from easy to diabolical to downright extremely impossible - with a pencil to complete the puzzles!
The Fruit Cake
It is a 6" round cake made with (UK measures) 8oz mixed dried vine fruit, dried apricots & dried cranberries (soaked in brandy for at least 1 week). The cake was baked on a low temperature for 2 hrs, which results in a deliciously moist fruit cake. I covered the cake in marzipan then topped it with white sugarpaste icing.
The Sudoku Puzzles
The Sudoku puzzles were produced with the banners of the magazines that my husband's publishing company produces - he was so surprised when I presented him with the cake. The puzzles were printed onto icing sheets, cut out and placed in a circle on top of the cake, raising them slightly to give a 3D look.
How I Made The Sugarpaste Pencil
The pencil was made by rolling some light brown sugarpaste onto a wooden BBQ skewer, making a 'point' at one end to represent the pencil tip. I then covered this with thinly rolled out red sugarpaste and smoothed it over make it look like a pencil. I allowed some of the light brown sugarpaste to be exposed at both ends to represent the eraser and the pencil tip. I painted the 'lead' on the pencil tip with black colour paste and dusted a little brown colour dusting powder on the eraser to make it look 'used. I then rolled out a small strip of white sugarpaste and placed this just below the 'eraser' and marked it with the tip of a toothpick and painted it silver with some silver dusting powder mixed with clear alcohol.
Voila - and there you have a Sudoku and Pencil Cake!!