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.
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