Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Practice Cake #2

Last week, I made my first practice cake for Charlotte's 1st birthday (it's less than 3 weeks away!). I am mainly focusing on the way the cake looks since I've never had any trouble making a boxed cake taste good. cake 2nd try 001

Tonight, I made my second attempt. This time we are using Carrot Cake with a buttercream frosting between the layers and as a crumb coat around the rest of the cake. I've seen the pros on the Food Network Challenges do this, so I did it too.

cake 2nd try 002Next, I added my cornflower blue dye to the fondant and put it on a cookie sheet to knead. I completely and totally underestimated how hard it would be to knead the fondant. I coated my hands and the sheet with confectioner's sugar, per the fondant box instructions.

I forgot to check my mom's cake 2nd try 003cabinets for a rolling pin before I began this experiment and then when I did (after I dyed the fondant), I found she didn't have one. So, I improvised. The can of cooking spray did a fine job of rolling out the fondant, even if it did leave some marks from the base and from the lid.

Like an amateur cake decorator, I wrapped my fondant around the can of spray and then artfully laid it over the top of my cake.


Preparing the Fondant from Jennifer S on Vimeo.

This is what it looked like after the fondant was trimmed up and some minor smoothing took place.

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Final Product from Jennifer S on Vimeo.

The cow and the moon are practice versions... I plan to do a much better job for the real cake.

After all that, Bruce and I both enjoyed a slice of cake with an ice cold glass of milk.

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3 comments:

  1. It turned out great! I've always thought fondant was so difficult I have never tried it - but I've always loved how it looks.

    My dd has a birthday coming up next month - will I be brave enough to try fondant????

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  2. I always thought it was super hard too. I think you should give it a go. But I recommend the practice cake just to make sure you can get the color and look you want. Make sure you share pictures too!

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  3. Ok, so how did it taste? Did you like the fondant taste? You definitely did a good job making it look good. I had no idea that you had to roll the stuff yourself. Nice job. It looks really smooth.

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