Portal of Power

by Jem Fry
(England, UK)




Portal of Power Cake

Portal of Power Cake

The cake was a white-iced sponge cake bought from a shop. The birthday boy is a big fan of the Skylanders video game, so the cake is designed on the "Portal of Power" from the game.

The grey icing was blended white and black rolled thin and wrapped around the cake. Another layer if grey icing was added about an inch from the cake's base and slightly folded over on top to form the central circle.

Eight strips of grey were placed vertically at equal distances around the base of the cake, rising up the walls and slightly extending into the central white circle.

The stone effect was created by crinkling up some greaseproof paper and pressing it into the icing. The brick effect was made by cutting into the icing with a sharp knife.

The heiroglyphics were carved out with a sharp knife and then filled with white icing and pressed into shape.

Some paint-on shimmer icing was brushed onto the top to make the swirls and imitate the game's lighting effects.

To finish off a thin strip of bright green ribbon was wrapped around the base and one of the Skylanders figures placed on the Portal of Power.




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Nov 01, 2012
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made one too!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for this... I've thought of the idea of doing the portal (as my 10 yr old son is a fan of Skylanders) and was so glad to have found your site. I did a bigger version, but yours is still better looking (wasn't able to come up with the squared-looking sides as yours, mine looks too rounded). Anyway, we had fun making it (my hubby helped carving the characters).

Mar 20, 2012
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Size
by: Jem

The cake was a bit larger than the real Portal, probably around 9". It didn't last long! You might get a better idea of scale from the Flickr link I posted earlier.

The icing was a ready-to-roll fondant sold by a local cake decorating store. I mixed a little white with black to make the grey stone.

Mar 20, 2012
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Thanks,
by: Trish-e

Great, thanks for the fast response. I'll let the mother who requested this fabulous cake know... I'm sure she has one we can use. I'll just wash it with....... rum? :)

Mar 20, 2012
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Store-bought figure
by: Jem

It's one of the figures from the game. My fondant modelling skills aren't that good!

Mar 20, 2012
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Topper
by: Trish-e

Jem, did you use a store bought figure for the top? or is that fondant too?

Mar 11, 2012
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CAKE
by: Jodi

your cake looks fantastic, can i ask what size cake it was?

Mar 05, 2012
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question about your icing
by: Anonymous

Hello, When you say ready-roll icing, is that the same as fondant? I don't know of any ready-roll icing. Thanks

Feb 15, 2012
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SKYLANDER PORTAL CAKE
by: Anonymous

THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC !! I GOT A QUOTE FOR AU $160 TO MAKE THE PORTAL !! THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THE INFO AND PICTURE - IT LOOKS AWESOME.I THINK I CAN ACTUALLY DO ALL THAT - THANKS AGAIN !!
I'M GOING TO HAVE ONE HAPPY 10 YEAR OLD !!
CHEERS :)

Feb 12, 2012
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More photos
by: Jem Fry

There's a better picture on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58243054@N02/6822206677/

And one of the birthday boy's reaction to his cake:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58243054@N02/6814454389/

Feb 12, 2012
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fabulous
by: Jayne

Thanks for sharing your design, this cake is fabulous and my son wants me to make him one too. Yours is the best one I have seen. Well done.

Feb 12, 2012
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fabulous
by: Jayne

Thanks for sharing your design, this cake is fabulous and my son wants me to make him one too. Yours is the best one I have seen. Well done.

Feb 12, 2012
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Additional tips...
by: Jem Fry

I just bought a ready-iced white cake, then blended some ready-roll black and white icing from our local cake decoration shop. Blend the black with a small amount of white until it's a dark grey.

The secret of making it look more like the toy is to square off the edges. For the best effect, use your fingers to pinch the outer edge to a 90 degree point all the way round. Use a knife edge, pressing not cutting, to give the recessed base a more precise edge - do this after you've laid the vertical strips. Pressing crinkled grease-proof paper into the icing will give a realistic stone effect.

Feb 11, 2012
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What material was used
by: Dan

What kind of material did you use for the brick part? Is it fondant? Im going to make one for my sons birthday.

Feb 03, 2012
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Wow
by: Anonymous

That looks fantastic!!!
I was going to order a cake for my sons birthday but after seeing this, I will try and make my own.

Jan 31, 2012
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Cheers For The Help
by: Des From Telford

just finished mine, it took about 4 hours, your info was great, it looks similar, but not a bad effort for my first go i think, cheers again. Des.

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