This was my first time experimenting with fondant, also known as sugar paste. I had planned to take a cake decorating course on fondant but life kind of got in the way. A very good friend of mine is celebrating a birthday next week and all fingers pointed to me for the birthday cake. Of course, I'm happy to do so, only this time, I'd like to make a tiered cake covered and decorated with fondant. I've been reading an introductory book to fondant and thought I'd give it a try. So, I set off to make a red velvet cake from one of my new books, Cakes Galore by Phillipa Vanstone and Valerie Barrett. This project didn't have me so concerned with the actual cake, but more so with the decorating aspect. Rather than making this about the cake, I wanted to focus on the aesthetics! With that said, this red velvet happened to have been delicious. I made 4 layers, filled with cream cheese icing and, according the my book's directions, smeared a crumb coat around the sides and top, allowing it to set slightly to a tacky, sticky consistency. I bought ready to use rolled fondant from my local Michael's and began my adventure. After covering the cake with the white fondant, I colored it using pink and purple coloring gels and used my fondant star cut-outs to create the different sized stars.
In closing, this wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I realize my first fondant cake is nothing to gloat about, but I now have the confidence to create a fantastic birthday cake for next week. Keep in mind, I'm a fondant virgin! Keep in mind, I'm a fondant virgin! I am going to bake the different sized layers (10in, 8in, 6in) for my friends birthday this weekend and begin decorating on Sunday. I've mapped out a plan for this! I'll be sure to post when it's all finished. Wish me luck!!
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