Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Feat of Fondant

I think I've been to Michaels probably too many times in January alone and I'm always going down the baking aisles and always seeing the fondant and the fondant tools and the cake stands and...each time I leave without any of these daunting items.

Fondant is something new to me.  I've only seen it being worked with on Cake Boss and Food Network Challenges and The Next Great Baker, but never have I seen, let alone touched the stuff in person.
Today was the day! 
I've been thinking about this venture into fondant-land for some time now and it's about time I took the leap...especially after my boyfriend tells me I should.  If he knows a thing or two about fondant, I need to step up my game!

So I bought a few boxes of fondant: two by the lovely Wilton (one in white and one in pastel yellow) and another box by Duff in bright pink buttercream.

I've been eyeing this yellow cake recipe paired with a creamy vanilla buttercream frosting seen originally on Cupcakes and Cashmere.  This was the perfect time to put these recipes to use :-)
So I broke in my new Calphalon 9" rounds with this delightful yellow cake and learned a new frosting technique from this vanilla buttercream.

Yup, I decided a little pink would be fun for the frosting!
And then, it was onto the fondant....

I got this great tool to not only cut the fondant but make this cute pillowed design! I'm 
telling mom was right when she said kindergartners make master pieces because they are given all the fun crafty tools.  If you're gonna do it right, you need the crafty tools!

As you can see, I even delved into making some fondant roses and used my new silver dusting powder on the flowers... 
and the yellow dots.
So...I think I'll let the pictures speak for itself.  I'm pretty proud of my first attempt at fondant. Of course, I could've done things better and I definitely made my notes on what I would change...(ahem-more kitchen space!) but the next cake will be even better and more creative.
And now what to do with it, you ask?? EAT it!!!

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