Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Adventures in cake, a sweet gift

I have a present for you.  Well, I don't really have it anymore because I made it a while back, but I can tell you how I did it.  Will that work?  Good.



When I was first learning to make cakes I thought that I would really like to start working with fondant.  I wanted something simple, yet something that looked really pretty.

I started with two eight inch square cakes.  I hadn't used a square cake before so I wasn't even sure how to go about covering it with fondant.  After all, in my cake class we had only covered round cakes with fondant.  I went ahead and did a thick crumb coat with white butter cream.  I put it aside to start working on my fondant.  I used Wilton's pre-made fondant from a package.  I started kneading it to get it pliable and worked in some flavoring to try to make it taste a bit better (it didn't work).

Then it was time to roll out a nice big piece to cover the cake with.  It was then when I realized the only completely flat surfaces in my kitchen are a 40 inch round kitchen table (it has two fold down sides so it isn't truly flat) and the top of my stove.  I stared at the tile counters with contempt (and I still do, I hate tile counters).  Things were not looking good.  I did the best I could rolling the fondant on my table which worked out because that flat are it did have was just enough to get me my sheet.

I coated the cake in a thin layer of clear piping gel to help the fondant stick to the cake and gently spread the fondant over it and smoothed it out (sorry, no pictures so a description will have to do).  This is what I ended up with.


I tinted the remaining fondant green for the decorations.

The bow was done in five pieces.  I cut out the bow tails and put them on the cake where I wanted them.I made loops out of two more strips and put them to make the bow.  I used a little wadded wax paper in the loops to hold the shape overnight to let the fondant dry enough to stand on its own.  The center loop I just carefully wrapped around and tucked in.  The curls were an afterthought with the fondant strips I had cut off.  I just wrapped them around a cake dowel and let them dry.  I put them on the next morning.

I cut out the circles using the big end of a large round Wilton tip, then turned it around to cut the smaller circle out of the bigger one.  If you notice, I saved those little circles for the cake, too.  They are glued to the cake using more clear piping gel.

I just tinted my leftover butter cream to match the green fondant best I could and made a small shell border,  I think I used a Wilton #18 tip.  I really should have gone with a bigger shell.

Here are some more shots.



The lesson I learned from this cake was that if I work with fondant, it has to be able to cover small things or only work in pieces.  Lets just say that I don't do it often at all.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!






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24 comments:

  1. This is another beautiful cake you've made! I've never tried fondant and wondered if I should take a class first or just dive right in. I do wish it tasted better. Your cake is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Holly! I learned a good bit in the class I took, but only basics. I'm sure practice would do as much.

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  2. WOW! That is gorgeous. How could you stand to have anyone eat it?!
    Jenny
    I'd Rather Be Birding

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    1. Thanks Jenny, it was delicious! Except the fondant.

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  3. Absolutely and amazing cake!
    You are extremely talented

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  5. You are so clever! I made my first character cake this year and can appreciate how tricky it is :)

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  6. I wish I could do that. It is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! It just takes a lot of practice.

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  7. I do cakes too, so I always want to click on them. This is really cute. I love the curls.

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  8. Renoda,

    Cute cake. I've never worked with fondant before. For some reason, it just seems intimidating. Your cake turned out wonderful!

    I'm visiting from the Making the World Cuter linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

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  9. I love the corkscrew bows. That was such a great after thought to use the fondant wrapped around dowels. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

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  10. Wow, it's almost too pretty to eat! You did a great job. Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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