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Experimenting With Fondant
The beginning of my very first fondant covered cake
My new hobby: Fondant
Recently, I took an interest in creating desserts using fondant. I used to watch the TV shows, Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss. I always thought it was cool but never thought to try it. Now, two years later I had an "ADD Moment" and said to myself I'm going to try to make one of those cakes.
Starting with the recipe.. I just googled "fondant recipe." I came across a ton of them, but the one I opted for this butter-cream rolled fondant recipe:
I followed the recipe exactly as instructed. [Well, almost.. I did have to use a lot of extra confectioner's sugar when I rolled it or added color. So do make sure you have extra on hand if making the above recipe] The end result: I came up with a great batch of white fondant. If you want the fondant to be white use clear vanilla. Because if you use pure vanilla extract it will give it an off white color. I then let it sit overnight in the fridge in a tightly wrapped container as they suggested. The next day I tore off a piece and began working some color into it. It reminded me of playing with play-dough. I used the water based food coloring. They suggest to use the gel but I didn't have any on hand. I didn't have any problems with it. I used a good dusting of confectioner's sugar on my clean and dry counter top to work the color in and at the same time using the warmth of my hands to make the fondant more pliable. The main thing I have learned with fondant is that you have to have PATIENCE!! It's not something that takes five minutes to get done. Everyone that I have spoke to says they hate it because it cracks and tears so easily. That's only due to one trying to move to quickly. Especially if you are a novice at fondant. Time and patience that's what I have learned.
Here's a couple of sample pictures of what I made so far. I just started this past weekend and I'd have to say they came out alright. If I would slow down putting on the decorations I think they would be much better. I get so excited that I want to hurry and see the finished product I wind up with tons of little flaws. But that will clean up with time.
Let me know what you think or have any suggestions.
My first cake finished
Here's the inside. It's just a chocolate cake with butter-cream frosting
I tried cupcakes next.
As you can see patience plays a big role. Again, I got excited to see the finished product.. I started rushing and you can see some of the flaws with the butter-cream sticking out and off shaped circles.
Blue & brown diamonds
I was looking at my comforter on my bed and thought to myself, "A cake with those colors would be awesome." So I tried it. I was going to try to replicate my comforter to a "T" but found a diamond shaped cookie cutter and fell in love with another idea that I had seen on other fondant cakes.
Here's what it looked like originally...
Then I kind of went overboard
For some reason wasn't happy with it. I wanted to embellish the cake more! I had these new decorations I wanted to try out. So I added them. It's too bad I didn't take the time to think of a pattern to do the extra decorations it would have came out better. But you can get an idea of what I was going for.
There goes that time and patience thing coming into play again. If you have to remember anything remember those two things or you will be come frustrated and give up.
Fondant can be your friend :)
Blue & Brown Diamonds.. Finished
For my fourth project I did the Sanrio character Kerokerokeroppi
This Sunday I decided to try to do a character. I really wanted to do Hello Kitty but I didn't have yellow. My next choice was Badtz Maru but no yellow. So I had no other choice but to do Keroppi.
This took FOREVER! I found the perfect thing to use for his face was the number zero and I didn't let the center of the zero cut through the fondant. The zero is about an inch wide and an inch and half in length. The eyes were made from a thimble size cap for something I can't even remember. A thimble would work though for the size I made. The cheeks and eye balls were made from a drinking straw. I painted the smiles and the closed eyes with black food coloring.
I can't lie today was the most frustrating day I've had yet with fondant. I started in the morning and it was really cool outside and throughout the day it starting heating up causing my fondant to warm up and start sticking to everything. So I took breaks and re-chilled the fondant as I was going along. I did each of the colors in stages so the fondant could stiffen back up and not be as sticky to work with. I suppose the same happens on humid days. So be aware of that when you're working with this stuff. Just an FYI out to everyone learning.
These last cupcakes are peanut butter cakes with a cocoa butter-cream frosting. SO good. I just used a white cake mix and added a cup of peanut butter to the batter. I warmed the peanut butter for about 20 seconds so it would mix easier. I followed the recipe on the box as instructed. They turned out to be delicious! I think next time I will increase the peanut butter though. I LOVE peanut butter! I chose to make a like cocoa frosting because I didn't want an over powering chocolate on top. Not a huge fan of the really rich chocolate frosting.
If anyone has any suggestions on how this recipe can be improved let me know. I really appreciate the tips since I'm just beginning!