I have always been a nerd.
When I was really little, I was obsessed with high fantasy. My favorite books were the Oz series and anything Tolkien. As I got older fantasy was replaced by horror and a splash of sci-fi... But I never got into superheroes.
That is, until a) I started dating a huge comic book nerd, and b) Marvel started putting out superhero movies that are in my opinion objectively solid films: funny, strange, oftentimes subversive, and sometimes just plain revolutionary (WAKANDA FOREVER!!!!).
When I went to see Infinity War on opening night, my hopes were pretty high. I was not disappointed—the movie is a lot of fun, and the visuals are completely out of control! I felt weirdly moved by the tragic story of Thanos, the villain, and wanted to capture his mad quest for power in my cake topper. I also got to leverage the rainbow of Infinity Stone colors in my layering, which you can see peeking through the finished cake:
And now, for the fun part: I tried something new and crazy with my layering that I am so excited to share!! I was able to achieve these warped layers by working with a sponge of my own creation that is insanely flexible, so I was really able to push it and prod it into whatever shape I wanted.
I think if I had figured out how to make the sponge just a bit less... spongey, the buttercream would've stayed cleaner and the slice would've looked tighter. That said, the cake was also somehow pretty crumbly at the same time, which I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around!! How do I lower the sponginess while not raising the crumbliness at the same time??? I'll try to figure it out. Is butter going to be involved?? I certainly hope so.
So no recipes yet; this is one that needs a good deal of tinkering.
But all told, I'm pretty excited about the new options that are opening up to me now that I'm really messing around with the guts of my cakes! This has got to be the baddest ultraslice I've ever revealed.
Almost as bad as Thanos. Spoiler alert: Thanos is... pretty bad.
Enjoy the movie!