…and here is the result:
A practice version of the cake to top my friend's daughter's wedding cupcake tower next month and a very happy me for finally trying my hand at fondant. This stuff is so fun!
It's not "real" fondant, the stuff with crazy ingredients – gelatin? glycerin? glucose syrup? gum arabic or gum tragancanth for crying out loud?!? The stuff that, from what I hear, tastes horrible – I don’t care how beautiful it looks; if a cake doesn’t taste good, why bother?!?
No, it's marshmallow fondant.
Yeah, it’s made of melted marshmallows.
And powdered sugar.
And water and a bit of shortening. How bad can that taste?!?
And only four ingredients, all ones that I'm already very familiar with. What a lucky day it was when I stumbled across this page where PegW tells all about this marvelously fun gooey goodness.
So this friend of mine is the one who gave me her huge stash of tips, coloring gels, etc. When she asked for help making her daughter’s wedding cake, how could I say no? Then we found out from the bride what cake she saw on Cake Boss and really really liked... See photo below!
OK, guess it was finally time to try out the fondant recipe!
So here’s the cake with the fondant on and the beginnings of the “quilted” look the bride loves (and with the bride’s mom and sister in the background mass-producing colored shapes)...
…and here with more stuff stuck on (we brushed the backs with water to make them stick better) and dots piped into each intersection.
Perhaps when I make my second practice cake later this week, I can share more info, if anyone's interested.
But PegW's site has great photos and instructions for the fondant making process; and also this nice tutorial at cakejournal.com. For fondant rolling and placing tips, see this page at baking911.com. Or feel free, as always, to leave any comments or questions below.
Oh, and here are some of the practice cupcakes:
We’re trying to decide – little shapes? big shapes? centered? off-centered? big background squares? smaller background squares? Which are your favorites?