Wednesday, April 25, 2007

First Fondant Cake Experience is Not So Great

This past weekend we celebrated my husband's and mother-in-law's birthday. Yes, birthday. They share the same day. My husband likes to joke that he never had to get his mom another present but I make sure he always gets one.

I have become the family cake creator which lets me get to try out different things without having a cake left over at home. For the first time I decided to try some fondant decorations especially since my daughter wanted to help. Since we were short on time because of the 2 1/2 hour trip to my in-laws I purchased Wilton's Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant (Neon Colors Multi Pack). I also purchased the Daisy Fondant Cut-Outs and the Fondant Cutter and Embosser. The best part of this was the fondant was easy to roll out and cut with the cut-outs just like cookie dough. The worst part was the taste. Since I've never made my own fondant I don't have anything to compare it to except for the traditional buttercream recipe which is always a hit with everyone. I did use the buttercream for the background and then my daughter and I placed the colorful flowers onto the icing. She really enjoyed doing this especially since she wasn't able to use the decorator bags very well on her grandpa's cake.

The picture here shows my daughter and her cousin helping with lighting the candles. Believe me they were very well supervised and they were very careful and did an excellent job although I think they only did just a couple of candles a piece. They were a little slow since they were being so careful. I did do closeups of the cake but it was warm in the house and the road trip made it droop a little so I am showing only a closeup of one of the flowers. I will probably try to do the fondant again because it is so quick and kids can help cut out the shapes but definitely will try to make my own. Not very many people ate the flowers including me. This was not one of my better decorating jobs but the inside was really yummy. I did a top tier of carrot cake and a bottom tier of French vanilla.

If anyone has tips on using fondant I would love to hear from you. I love how the cakes look and how whimsical they can be.


Melissa said...

Hey Donna-
Fondant can be very tricky to use. It took me so many tries to figure it out (I used to work with a wedding cake designer). She made her own fondant so it didn't taste bad but I noticed when I was working at Michaels last weekend that they were doing demos of the ready to use fondant and I tried a piece and it really tastes bad. It reminds me of the decorator frosting you can get. Just way too much dye. But anyway I would recommend taking a class on it and then in the future buying white and dying it yourself if you don't want it to taste bad. I think they just do something to ruin the taste on the RTU fondant. But the cake looks super pretty!!
Hope you had fun!

Donna said...

Thanks for the advice and the complement on the cake. I've taken the regular decorating classes and I now live fairly close to the Wilton Academy which would be a super place to do some classes.

Heather said...

I have never used hte Wilton fondant, but have a lot of success with Marshmallow fondant. I make it myself and most people like it. It can be left plain or flavored with extratcs or oils. My kids love the taste of it.