Monday, March 12, 2012

iPhone Cake

I think it was only a matter of time before someone asked me to make an iPhone cake!  We recently celebrated my neighbours birthday and his wife had asked me if I could make an iPhone cake as a surprise.  She is pretty awesome, eh?

Pretty much everyone I know with an iPhone never puts it down, and this guy was no exception.  It actually took her a whole week to get a screen shot so that I could get it printed for the cake! I can't imagine the ninja-tactics she had to employ to make it happen.

The cake itself is a marble cake.  Do you know how hard it is to find a marble cake recipe that doesn't/isn't:
a) come from a box mix,
b) actually a pound cake,
c) a bundt cake?

Oh man, does no-one make marble sheet cakes these days? So I looked around and found some that had OK reviews, and then set out to make it work for what I needed.

In the end I used my favourite vanilla bean white cake recipe as a reference, increased the recipe by 50% for each pan, and then removed 1/3 of the batter and stirred in 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1 tbsp milk.  I then randomly spooned the chocolate batter over the vanilla, gave it a quick stir with a knife, and baked away.

The cake was filled with vanilla buttercream and mini chocolate chips to stick with the vanilla/chocolate theme. I really enjoyed the cake, and I hope everyone else did too!

To decorate the cake I first covered it all in white fondant since I didn't want to make the 'iPhone' as deep as the cake, and to give the edible image a nice white background so that the image would stay bright.  To stick on the edible image I brushed on some piping gel that had been thinned with water and then carefully smoothed it out.  I added black fondant for the edges of the phone, then added a couple finishing details.

Not too shabby for my first iPhone cake! I get a feeling I may be making more of these in the future :)

I hope you had a wonderful birthday! This cake was so much fun to make.

I adapted the Vanilla Bean Cupcake recipe from for this cake.  I increased the recipe by 50% in order to fill one 9 x 13" pan (I made it twice since I only own one 9 x 13 pan and wanted to make the cake two layers).  If you would like the recipe that I used after my changes, just let me know!


  1. Hailey - this is AMAZING! You are so talented.

  2. You said "Not too shabby?"...I say "this is amazing". It look like a lot of work but I'm sure it's worth it. I am going to conquer my fear and start making my own fondant soon. I have all the ingredients, just waiting for the right moment to make it.

    I recently just found your blog and what a fun place this is. I love cupcakes too.

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