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I have been working on my sugar flowers a lot lately, trying to perfect them. I had made some sweet peas the week before school started. I decided to surprise Kaightlyn, my 4 year old, with a cake when she got home from her first day of school. Now you may thing this is funny, pre-k, 3 hours a day, 3 mornings a week right? A big deal? Worth cake? Well, here in the south, pre-k is full time, held at a regular Elementary school from 8am-2:45pm M-F. It’s a big deal to us! Luckally she LOVES it! Really LOVES it! I am getting off track, back to my story, I had also just bought some comma pans, which I really wanted to try. So I decided to make a chocolate chiffon cake with buttercream filling and MMF topping. This gave me an opportunity to practice my piping skills and gave me a place to put my sweet peas. I think it turned out quiet nice. She thought is was “amazing”!
I made this Care Bear cake for my daughter’s 2nd Birthday. She personally ate all the fondant roses. Unfortunately, she is not a big fan of cake. How is that possible? Having a Mom that wants to open her own cake bakery and two daughters that DON’T LIKE CAKE! They may stick their fingers in the icing, but they don’t eat CAKE! I know, it’s crazy. Have I failed as a Mom? Did I forget to introduce cake? Well anyway, back to the post….
I made Best Friend Bear in Chocolate Chiffon cake with Swiss Buttercream filling, and MM Fondant icing. It took me almost 3 days to prepare all the ingredients, as my 1st buttercream failed as well as my first fondant. I know better than to bake with kids around. I leave the room to break up a fight and 45 minutes later I realize my eggs and sugar in the bain-marie are fried! The actual construction, done after bed time, took only about 3 hours. Enjoy the pics!
Otherwise known as MM Fondant (Marshmallow Fondant). This is by far the easiest to make and color, as well as the best tasting. It also has a very beautiful sheen. My wonderful husband, soon to be professional kneader, did all the work for me late one evening two nights before my daughter’s 2nd birthday. He really wants to be my right hand in this endeavor (no pun intended). He is eager to help me with any “new” experiment!
HOWEVER, it is the hardest to roll out and then even harder to lift and apply. It is very stretchy, so it pulled it self very thin as I lifted to drape it. What was 1/8 inch thick rolled ended up only 1/16th of an inch thick on the cake. It also does not dry out. It would not work for building characters or figurines at all. Once on a cake, luster dust is very difficult to add. Due to the high fat content of Crisco, the dust sticks and does not spread evenly. So back to square one. How do I make somewhat stretchy, somewhat dense, tasty fondant?