Ann Reardon

Play Doh Cake Video

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Play doh is the best fun for kids of all ages. This huge tub is filled layers of jelly cake smothered in Italian meringue frosting. It tastes gorgeous and because the play doh bucket is molded it is easy to get it looking perfect.

To make this play doh cake you will need:

2 quantities of my fluffy sponge cake recipe baked in four 8in (20.32 centimetres) round tins
8 packets of jelly or jello in your choice flavors
50g (1.76 ounces) red fondant
20g (0.71 ounces) blue fondant
100g (3.53 ounces) white fondant
1200g (42.33 ounces) white chocolate, if your chocolate contains cocoa butter you need to temper it, see how to temper here.
blue oil based or powdered food coloring for the lid
yellow oil based or powdered food coloring for the bucket
A medium bucket, mine was 5L (1.32 gallons) 16.5cm (6.5 inches) across the base and 20.5cm (8.07 inches) in diameter at the top
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Italian Meringue
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
9 large eggs
3 cup or 648g (22.86 ounces) caster sugar
3/4 cup or 188g (6.63 ounces) water
3 tsp vanilla (optional)

Cut each of the sponge cakes into two even layers and trim the top.

Cover a baking tin with plastic wrap and place half of your cake inside.

Make up the first packet of jello using the directions on the packet but using only 70% of the total water that it says to use. For example if it says makes 500ml then only make 350ml.

Then pour that all over your cake, letting it soak in. Place it in the fridge to set.

Repeat with your other jelly and cake layers. Tip: once it is set if you are not using it immediately fold the plastic wrap over the top to stop it from drying out.

Place your white chocolate into a bowl and melt it. If you are using real chocolate, containing cocoa butter, make sure you temper it so that it sets properly.

Add in some yellow candy coloring or oil based food coloring.

Pour the chocolate into your bucket, and tip it to spread it over the side. Keep turning allowing the excess to tip into a bowl. Place it in the fridge to set.

Give the inside a second coat. This will set fairly quickly because the first layer of chocolate is cold so spread it out and up the sides. Leave it upside down on some baking paper to set so the top edge doesn’t get too thin.

To make italian meringue frosting add the cream of tar tar to the whites and turn your mixer on to whip. Place the sugar and water over high heat and add a candy thermometer to the side of the pan.

Once the egg whites reach soft peaks turn the mixer off while you wait for the sugar.

Using a pastry brush dipped in water brush down the sides of the pan to get any sugar crystals off the edges.
Once the sugar syrup reaches 238F (114.44 degrees Celsius) take it off the heat and pour it into the egg whites with the mixers running. Keep whipping it until the bowl cools down.

Tip your chocolate bucket out of the plastic bucket.

Stack inside with layers of jelly cake separated by italian meringue.

To make the lid colour some chocolate blue and pour onto some baking paper. Spread it out to make a circle. The playdoh lids have and indent in the middle so add a baking tin on top and push down slightly.

Once it is starting to set use a knife to trim around it leaving a border so the lid is bigger than the bucket. Then place that in the fridge to set firmly.

To make the logo follow the detailed instructions in the video. Add to the side of the cake and add the lid on top.

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29 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    I love your videos, can you please do one on a mirror cake.

  2. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann!

    How far in advance could you make this one?

    • Hi Emily, I don’t like to bake more than 2 days before they are going to be eaten. The fresher the better.

      • Rating: 5

        Hi Ann I’m a big fan will you pls make another play-doh video

  3. HI,

    How much white chocolate should I use for the bucket as opposed to the lid? I’m wondering how much I should leave for the lid, and I didn’t want to skimp on the bucket chocolate either. Do you have proportions?

    • Hi Kate, as a very rough guide, you could use about 900-950g for the bucket and about 200-250g for the lid.

  4. Do you have a link to the bucket that you used? I can’t seem to find one with the proper dimensions or look as the one you have in the video

    • Hi Kate, Ann just got a new bucket from a discount store. You don’t have to have the exact dimensions just something that will work with your cake size. Check out the buckets in the kids toy section, not just the cleaning supplies aisle for something suitable.

  5. Hi Ann, I am probably just having a boy look but I cannot find the link to print the logo anywhere! Love all of your amazing creations! Thanks so much Trace

    • Hi Tracey, the link seems to have gone astray. We will get it sorted and get back to you. Thanks!

  6. Rating: 5

    My son asked for a play doh cake in March this year. So I made one and half filled it with sweets and chocolates. He and his friends were so amazed when the lid got lifted!

    • Hi Tina, I love that idea. I can imagine the kids faces!

  7. Rating: 5

    hey ann i absolutely love your videos and i also av a request. can u please make a hotel transylvania cake. pleaseeee.

    • Hi Ann,
      Do you know where you got your cand thermometer from cause I would like to try on of the boiled candy

      • Hi Zoe, Ann got her candy thermometer from Amazon but you can easily get them at cake decorating stores.

    • Hi Yasmin, Thanks for the feedback.

  8. Rating: 5

    I love Your work Ann! You are such an inspiration to my cooking life! 😀
    I wanted to share my latest creation. I made a Zootopia cake for my friends birthsday last week. Hope You like it 😀

    • second photo

      • aaand third 🙂

        • Hi Natalia, Your cake looks amazing!

  9. no one has reply me plz reply

    • Hi Areba, We haven’t received a question from you on this page.

  10. Have you tried this with other types of cake? In between my children and my nieces our cakes need to be dairy, soy, gluten, egg, nut and bean free. I’ve never tried to make a suitable sponge cake but have recipes for other very successful cakes. Actually the more I think about it the more I think this technique needs to be with sponge cake. Would be curious of your opinion. Thanks

    • Hi Janine, This recipe is designed to work with sponge cake. you would need to experiment with other options to see how it work. It certainly would not be suitable to use with a cake that can’t absorb and hold some liquid.

      • Great thanks, I thought that would probably be the case.

  11. i love your vids i think i would be going to bake today because your cakes make me hungry i loooooooovveee your vids plz reply i am your bigest fan i love plz reply

    • Hi Areba, I hope you had fun baking. Thanks for watching all the vids 😀

  12. To make the jello have i to heat the water to make jello. That part I did not under stand. In the video you just add water to the powder and poured over the cake. Does it set without heating
    Pls reply.

    • Hi Ana, You need to follow the directions on the jello packet. Usually, that will involve adding the jello crystals to a quantity of hot water and mixing it till it dissolves.

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