Ann Reardon

3D Realistic Face Cake – Prince Harry

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Making a 3D realistic head and bust that looks recognisably like the person you’re trying to create must be one of the hardest cake requests. So today I am inventing a hack to make every cake decorators life easier.

Obviously if you could take a full cast of the persons head that would make life easy. However molding a head requires expensive gear, needs you to have the person actually with you and takes a day to do. On top of that it’s not food safe so you couldn’t even use it to make a cake. This got me thinking about how else could you make a mold of a face that would be quick for the person and food safe? Watch the video to see what I came up with and if it works.

To make this cake you will need:

Finished cake serves 36 not including the head (his head is 100% edible but it’s not a slice of cake so I didn’t include it in the count).

6kg (13.23 pounds) icing sugar and a willing volunteer

900g (31.75 ounces) compound white chocolate or real chocolate tempered.

For the centre core:
3 cups rice bubbles
400g (14.11 ounces) milk chocolate tempered or you could use compound chocolate

To build up the head:
1 packet marshmallows
2 – 2 1/2 cups rice bubbles

Shoulder cake template

2kg (4.41 pounds) modelling chocolate

A double quantity of orange butter cream

My Moist Orange Almond and Berry Cake

baked in three 15″ x 10″ trays

780g (27.51 ounces) margarine
630g (22.22 ounces) icing sugar
18 eggs
780g (27.51 ounces) almond meal
rind of 2 oranges
6 tsp baking powder
270g (9.52 ounces) all purpose or plain flour
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries

Preheat the oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the margarine, icing sugar, almond meal and orange rind into a bowl. Whip until smooth and really well combined. Add in the eggs and whisk again. Finally add the flour and baking powder and fold until just combined. Spread evenly into 3 baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper, spread out and sprinkle with frozen berries. Bake for approximately 23 minutes.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

17 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    I saw how you used an icing sugar mould you could use Tinkercad or thingiverse to design your own 3D head of the person your making and 3D print that, then use moulding gel and use that as a mold for your compound chocolate?

  2. Rating: 5

    GIRL! You are gorgeus!!!!
    P.S. Prince Harry is a cookie that a lot of women would like to eat 😀

  3. Rating: 5

    You are amazing

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  4. Rating: 5

    Ann Reardon, in addition to being a great cook/dessert maker you’re also an artist! I can cook but to create this Harry head one has to have some serious art skill or be born with natural talent and if I tried it would end up being one of those horrific monstrosities that one sees on the internet.
    I’ve been viewing a bunch of your older clips of decorating tutorials (chocolate flowers, garnishes etc.) and they’re all on different videos of various ages.
    Maybe you could do an update and consolidation of all your chocolate decorating tips coupled with a tempering demonstration. You are very good at explaining the technical side of cooking, especially with chocolate.
    Just a suggestion. Thanks for the videos, take care. BD

    • Thanks William, I’ve added that to my suggestions list for videos ? I’m sure if you tried the icing sugar suggestion you’d be able to do a good face cake.

  5. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann, what are rice bubbles, rice crispies cereal? Thanks

    • Hi Rayne, yes Rice Krispies are marketed as Rice Bubbles in Australia and New Zealand. It is the puffed rice cereal.

  6. Rating: 5

    Amazing, Thanks Ann!

    • Thanks Lindie ?

  7. Rating: 5

    Love your recipes. I was interested in the orange buttercream above that you link to, except on that page are various flavors. None are orange. There is a raspberry one that has a tsp of orange juice in it, but no orange flavour buttercream. Am I just missing it?

    • Hi Marian, sorry I thought I’d added it to that page, I used the vanilla buttercream plus rind of 1 orange and a tablespoon of orange juice.

  8. Rating: 5

    Cool! Can you make one of Prince William?

  9. Rating: 5

    you are a genius its great

  10. Rating: 5

    Amazing talent ,the cake is beautiful , It really looks like Prince Harry’s face . Wow you really know how to cook that.
    you go girl.

    • thank you ?

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