I'm going to be celebrating two friends' birthdays at a party in a Mexican restaurant tomorrow night. I'd like to attempt to bake a cake in the form of their favorite dish - a queso fundito cake! I need some ideas to help bring it about. I will also be making a couple taco cakes, as inspired by this blog post
My current strategy is to bake a moist chocolate layer cake, then place it into a larger baking dish/pie plate to serve. I plan to chop up some colored licorice to mimic chopped peppers, cilantro, chorizo, etc. All of this would then be iced, somehow...My question is how best to replicate the the gooey, wondrous melted mess that tops the queso? I could do a mix of colored icings, but I'm afraid it would end up looking marbleized. I could pipe yellow or white icing with a straight tip to look like shredded cheese, but I'm afraid that would look too uniform. I could grate white chocolate or toss coconut flake on top, but I'm not the biggest fan of either of those ingredients. Any ideas?
Please note: I'm not interested in using fondant or gum paste.
The cake will be served with some kind of candied tortilla chip - either chocolate, toffee, or cinnamon & sugar covered. Please share any suggestions you may have for those as well.