Friday, November 13, 2009

The Next Cake Bosses!

A few weeks back, we decided to try our cake decorating skills using colored fondant. We had fun and it tasted fine, but we all agree that we need more practice. Lots of it.


Our fondant was on the sticky side and no matter what we tried, we could not get it smoothed out on the cake.

John was working on integers with Rachel until she finally understood what she needed to for her upcoming test.


The younger boys kept calling this a Play Dough cake--- I don't blame them.
Still..... we had fun working on it together and that is the main thing.
P.S. We're taking pointers. :)

17 comments:

  1. I'd suggest you put dots on the yellow section, too, although maybe smaller ones!
    I think it's gorgeous! Does it taste like icing, or what?

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  2. My mom decorates cakes with fondant alot. The first thing you do is use powdered sugar on the surface or use a basic cooking spray on the surface. Next after you roll it out to desired thickness, use your rolling pin to lift the rolled icing by sort of wrapping it around the rolling pin and then laying it across the cake. Smooth it, then cut it around the bottom. Hope this helps!

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  3. Good morning, started eating pommegranates after one of your posts. In a Swedish magazine I say a good way of getting the seeds out. Half the fruit, get a bowl of water, turn the fruit half inside out under water. The "skins" float and the seeds sink. Not as fun as picking them out though......
    Do you have any good ideas in how to potty train boys :-)?

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  4. Fondant needs to be very cold. Take it out of the fridge, take a large lump of it and then knead it to soften it.
    Take a rolling pin that has been placed in the fridge and roll it out like pie dough. Do Not Over Work It!
    Transfer the fondant to the cake. Its better to make i much larger so yiu can trim the edges(they can be re-used). After the fondant is placed on the cake use COLD hands (place under running water than dry) to gently smooth out.
    You can also use the back of a cold spoon to smooth out edges and the like.

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  5. Looks like some fun family time!!! Fondant is hard to work with.... our kids have a great time with decorating tips....did you get some of those? It is fun for them to create different cakes with the tips.

    Emily and Lane are taking a cake decorating class and after Christmas they will work with fondant and I will let you know if I hear of any secrets :)

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  6. I have never used fondant... but I wanted to tell you that your cake came out really cute! :)

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  7. powdered sugar took care of the sticky-ness for me. I couldn't tell if you were using it like you would flower for rolling out cookies. but thats what i did :)

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  8. It does look like play dough! And was probably fun to play with too. I don't usually like the taste or texture of fondant so I have not wanted to try, but I admit that the fun aspect is tempting.

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  9. Wow, I am really impressed! It came out great for a first try. I don't think mine would look half as good. I'm serious...I don't even have the patience for regular butter cream frosting. I use store bought :-(

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  10. I love it! My 11 year old daughter, Miranda has been dying to try decorating a cake with fondant. The tv shows definitely make it look like they are playing with play dough, when they are using it. It just plain looks fun! I think your cake turned out terrific for a first attempt, especially with all of the young budding artists who tried out their talent!

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  11. You do realize you may have a future as the Reed Family Cake Shop!

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  12. If you seriously want tips, my friend at http://godsaidgetmoving.blogspot.com is really good with Fondant. She even lives here in Fresno!

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  13. It does look like a playdough cake.

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  14. What a fun time you're all having there! Your cake looks great - I have never had any luck with fondant either, so sorry can't help! (but loving reading the tips above!)

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  15. I found a marshmellow fondant recipe online that was easy to make, tasted pretty good, and wasn't too bad to work with.

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  16. I use fondant on all of my boys' birthday cakes because I cannot make a decent icing to save my life!! It looks to me like you needed some more icing sugar kneaded in, that would get rid of the stickiness and make it easier to handle. Like others have said, rolling the fondant out with a bit of icing sugar used like flour will help, too. You can always brush it off with a damp cloth later.

    I'm wondering if you might have had the right texture and then added the food coloring . . . the cake is very bright. Food coloring can water the whole thing down, so you can try using gel colors instead of liquid ones and also making a slightly stiffer fondant before coloring it.

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