The second thing was that the height of all the layers was too tall for a good looking volcano. (sigh) So I needed to somehow hide the bottom 6" layer. Oh! I know! I'll cut a section out of the bottom 8" tier so I can fit the volcano in it to hide the bottom, thus shortening the volcano so it looks better! (big sigh) Ok, so that worked out ok but could have been avoided.
The volcano was iced in ganache because I wanted a realistic look. Eh, that looks alright. I wanted grass so I used my grass tip and piped away. Eh, that looks ok. During my research I saw a cake that had waves piped around it and thought, "Cool!", so I checked out her technique from here. I kind of over did it...just a bit. Yeah, that will do.
So, two weeks later I had another 5 yr old birthday boy that wanted a "Volcano Cake". I knew I could do better than the first and was excited to put my findings into practice. THIS is what the second one looked like. Complete with cupcakes.
THIS cake was covered in fondant, which make a huge difference in the "cleaner look" department! The whole cake went together much easier and came out much cleaner. I used a different cutter for the palm trees that I thought looked better. I did fewer waves, used bright orange royal icing and made a birthday banner to write on. The volcano still had a realistic feel to it that I liked better too.
There! Much better, don't you think? Here's a picture at the party.
You can kind of see the smoke coming out. Which do you like better? Why?