Well I am a day late but the cake is finally done! For such a tiny cake, it sure did give me hell. There were several things that did not go in my favor. First being I have never used fondant in my life. I believe fondant emerges out of the mist of an evil sugar lord and does not want to be tamed. I decided that I am going to make it my mission to subdue this beast.
Where to start, ok first things first the cake I made actually tasted good. The icing wasn’t too shabby. It was a little sweet for me but it was eatable. I had to search online for a simple recipe for both. I had to make a cake and the icing with ingredients I already had. The pin I found did not have an recipes, it took me to the company’s site to place an order. This was my first obstacle.
Here is the recipes I found:
cake – 1 cup white sugar, 2 1/2 butter, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup milk. Bake 350 for 30 minutes.
icing – 4 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup butter, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 tablespoons milk
After the cake was cooled, I added the icing and headed for the fondant. I had purchased a small package of it for 3.00 and assumed it would roll out enough to cover the cake. If you remember the cake I planned on baking had a marble effect. The picture shows coloring being added in three lines then the fondant is rolled out. So I opened the package, put my coloring in three rows and grabbed the rolling-pin and started rolling like a maniac. Did I mix the coloring in before I grab the rolling pin? That is a hard no, haha. So now my hands are green, the rolling pin is green and the food coloring has bled through the parchment paper. The kitchen table now has a nice green hue to it. Along with the new paint job, the fondant is completely stuck to the rolling pin. I suddenly remember corn starch or corn meal being used to cut the stickiness. I scraped the fondant off and rubbed corn meal on the roller and poured it all over the board. It did absolutely nothing. Reason being, I was supposed to be using cornstarch. I looked at the glob of fondant and I knew I did not have the skills to save this. So in the trash it went. I took an hour break after all this crap. I went back to the store and found another box of fondant for 5.00. I sectioned four pieces of it and added food coloring to each, I kneaded the rolls separately then added all the pieces together to make one giant glob. I found powered sugar in the pantry. I put a heavy and I do mean heavy amount on the rolling pin and the board. I rolled out the fondant and it was actually working! I felt a spike of joy run through my veins. I had looked all this up on some baking site before the second go at this. So the fondant is finally rolled out, I picked it up and plopped it over my cake. I tried to straighten it and smooth it out the best I could. I don’t have any baking tools so I grabbed whatever I could. I believe at one point I was dusting the powered sugar off the top of the cake with a paper towel. I cut the extra off around the bottom with a butter knife and took a step back and looked at this thing. You know it wasn’t half bad, it was lopsided and the fondant was cut a little too short at the bottom but all in all I was proud. There will be no flower added to the top of my cake, for one I don’t know how to make one, and I am completely over using fondant today.
This was my first cake from scratch, it will not be my last. Happy Baking to all!