Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fun Fondant

I completed the Wilton Gum Paste and Fondant class last night. It was a lot of fun! I have never been a huge fan of the taste of fondant, even though it looks beautiful. Now that I've experienced how much work goes into rolling, cutting, and shaping fondant, I have incredible respect for the chefs that work with it regularly and make intricately detailed sugar creations. It's very time consuming, but when you get it right, it looks fabulous!

Below are pictures of my fondant-decorated cake. I rolled out white fondant and covered the cake with it, then added a rope of fondant pressed with the shell design as my border. The stars are cut out of colored fondant and attached with gum paste glue. I came up with the design since I wanted something fun and (admittedly) easy. The bright colors make me smile and I think this would be a fun cake for a birthday!

For the cake itself, I baked The Grit's caramel cake from scratch. It's super moist (thank you, shortening!) and quite tasty. The filling and outside frosting is vanilla buttercream, and there is a layer of raspberry jam on the outside to help the fondant stick. Mmm, yummy! My hubby and coworkers approved :)

Does anyone know of an alternative to shortening that works similarly? I've noticed my body's averse reaction to it the last few times I've eaten food made with it. Or am I dreaming for something that doesn't exist? :)

Coming soon: royal icing flowers!


  1. This is so cute. Not sure about the alternative to shortening. I use real butter quite often. Not sure if you could use sour cream instead or not. I have a tendency to pull out the old Joy of Cooking cookbook for subs as I never know what I can and can't. I'll have to peruse it and see what it says.

  2. lovely course isn't it delicious looking cake

  3. Nice! I'm not sure if you have heard of it, but Satin Ice fondant tastes a lot better. Not to knock wilton or anything because I still use a lot of their products, but satin ice fondant has received the best reviews from people who order cakes from me and it is also great to work with in terms of rolling it out etc.

  4. Thanks for the tip, Elyse! I'll check out Satin Ice.


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