Bag End cake

Hobbit, Cake, Lord of the Rings, Frodo, Bilbo, Bag End, Shire, Hobbiton, Fondant, gum paste, sugar, edible, sculpture, Tolkein, Tolkien Ever since I started making big old fondant cakes, I had this idea in the back of my mind: I wanted to make a Hobbit hole. And not just any Hobbit hole:

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 Bag End.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love Tolkien.

When I was in 8th grade, I was a giant flippin' weirdo. Like, it's amazing I made it out of middle school alive without joining a cult or something equally strange. The one thing that got me into 9th grade, embarrassingly enough, was Lord of the Rings. And Elijah Wood. And the whole idea of a world so fantastical and beautiful that it made my heart hurt with longing to be part of it. I grew out of the crippling obsession, but I never outgrew my love of Middle Earth.

Years later, I still want to be a Hobbit.

Hobbit, Cake, Lord of the Rings, Frodo, Bilbo, Bag End, Shire, Hobbiton, Fondant, gum paste, sugar, edible, sculpture, Tolkein, Tolkien With pointy ears and furry feet 🙂 So, with my ridiculous patience and my sculpting skills and my love of the Shire, I finally got to create my dream house...out of sugar!

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 I'm so thrilled with how it turned out. It was by far the most intricate, detailed, challenging cake I've dared to make, and I couldn't have done it without Phillip from Premier Pastry. Once again, he proved invaluable as a text-based support system, answering all my fondant, gum paste, and royal icing questions, even going so far as to show me in person several new techniques.

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Hobbit, Cake, Lord of the Rings, Frodo, Bilbo, Bag End, Shire, Hobbiton, Fondant, gum paste, sugar, edible, sculpture, Tolkein, Tolkien It's all the little details that make this cake so adorable. That, and the sheer amount of work that went into it. Hobbit, Cake, Lord of the Rings, Frodo, Bilbo, Bag End, Shire, Hobbiton, Fondant, gum paste, sugar, edible, sculpture, Tolkein, Tolkien

Total, I estimate I used about:

  • 10 boxes of cake mix (you can't expect me to bake the cakes from scratch, can you?)
  • 6 boxes of rice crispies
  • 10 bags of mini marshmallows
  • 7-8 bags of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds of shortening (ew)
  • and roughly 50-60 hours of painstaking work

What do you think?

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Would you eat it?

Well, too bad! You can't. The cake is already 10 days old, and covered in half an inch of impenetrable frosting and fondant, not to mention all the disgusting gum paste.

But I had a lot of fun making it! And I know so much more than I did when I started this project. So happy birthday, Kevin! Hope this tops last year's Star Wars cake, even if you didn't get to eat this one. Love you!

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  2. marise kuhn

    this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i want to make something like this, but i dont think i can make so perfect like your.
    very very beautifull.
    congratulations

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    1. Sarah @ a Dash and a Pinch

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      Thanks Marise! The problem with these darn cakes, which I think I touched upon in my post, is that they take WEEKS, cost 100's of dollars, and taste terrible! I'd take a grocery store sheet cake over a fancy cake any day! 🙂 But if you're curious, start much much smaller, there's a lot of inspiration out there and you just gotta jump in and get your hands sugary!

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