I adore the Hunger Games books. Adore them. I also love the movies, but as with most book to movie conversions, the book is better than the movie!
With Mockingjay out in theatres, I knew I had to make another Hunger Games video. I have previously made Mockingjay cupcakes, and Catching Fire cake pops, so I wanted to do something more epic! I knew it had to be in cake form, as I had already made cupcakes and cake pops, and one of my favourite parts of the Catching Fire movie was the scene in which Katniss is wearing her wedding dress and transforms into the Mockingjay. That scene is where the inspiration for this cake comes from.
From the bottom up- the bottom is the black feathers of the mocking jay, which leads up to the flames and finishes off with the remaining top of the wedding dress.
This is a challenging cake to make if you don’t have much cake decorating experience, BUT with the video tutorial I know that all levels can make it successfully. Planning ahead is important with a cake of this size, and with one of this many elements. The feathers need to have time to dry, so they can be prepped days, if not weeks ahead of time. The candies can be melted a couple of days ahead of time as well, though I don’t recommend more than a week ahead as the candy gets a bit sticky. You can also make the royal icing lace portion days, to weeks ahead as well, as it requires time to dry and doesn’t go bad. Bake and freeze the cakes the night before you want to use them, and prep the icings the morning you want to decorate. If everything is ready to assemble, the actually decorating and assembly of the cake is very straightforward. You can use any decorating technique to ice the cake, and you can also just simply slap it on with a spatula.
I’m looking forward to watching the new Mockingjay movie, now that the initial crowds have left the theaters! I hope you enjoy this Hunger Games cake.