How To Make and Decorate A Strawberry Shaped Cake
How I did it
I made this cake for my son's friend who was having a Strawberry Shortcake Party. Since it was very short notice I cut a few corners. These are the Ingredients:
- 2 Easter Chip Betty Crocker Cake Mixes
- 1 Box Of Wilton's Butter Cream Icing Mix
- 1 16 oz. Bag Mini Marshmallows
- About 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
- Eggs, Water, Oil, Shortening (for cake and icing mixes)
- Wilton's Pink Sparkle Decorating Gel
- No Taste Red and Green Concentrated Coloring
I used a heart shaped pan for the strawberry shape. I baked three layers the night before and put them in the freezer. The morning of the party I made the icing then pulled the cakes out of the freezer. By putting a thin layer of icing between each cake the layers "stuck" together. With a long thin knife I carved some of the cake off the top layer to make it look more rounded like a real strawberry. I added all of the red coloring to the icing and it still only turned dark pink. It is REALLY hard to get totally red icing. The dark pink worked out well this time since it went with the Strawberry Shortcake theme. After icing the cake I used the gel to make little seeds all over the cake.
Next, I made Marshmallow Fondant. I am not a huge fan of fondant and only use it as accents for cakes, because a cake's foremost reason for being is to be eaten and I don't think any kind of fondant tastes that great. You get a sugar high after two bites, and this is why:
How to make Marshmallow Fondant:
Pour the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and sprinkle 3 Tbs of water on top. Microwave for 20 seconds. If they aren't all melted yet keep microwaving 10 seconds at a time. When melted stir and then start adding the powdered sugar. I usually end up stirring in about 4 cups. Time to knead. I like to rub a little shortening on my hands and dip them in powdered sugar before I start to knead, otherwise the fondant will stick to my hands. Knead on a surface covered in powdered sugar and add more the the dough if needed. Once I had a decent pliable dough to work with I added the green coloring. It takes a while to work the color through all of the fondant.
To make the leaves on top of the strawberry I rolled the fondant out with a rolling pin and just guesstimated the size and shape. I used a toothpick to lightly outline where I would cut then I cut it with a regular butter knife. For the bigger leaves I just freehanded teardrop shapes and used a toothpick to make the veins. The stems were the easiest, I started with a ball of fondant and rolled it on the counter until I was happy with it. Then with a wet pastry brush and my finger I went over all of the fondant. This takes away the dusty look the powdered sugar leaves, making the color pop and also smooths any rough edges.
For the letters I rolled out a lot of little "worms" then made the letter and squished them down flat. Then I wrote over them with the pink decorating gel.