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« on: October 03, 2008 03:56:51 AM »

I come from a family of cake people, my mom was a cake decorator, had an at home business, and worked in a grocery store bakery, and is really good at it, though she no longer does it for money. My brother went to culinary school, for pastry. And while they've both tried to show me how, I am a total dunce when it comes to icing, despite being the only one of us that can draw. I've been more than a little annoyed that all of my cakes look like they got hit by a truck, even though they tasted great. So I decided to scrap the buttercream, and take a stab at marshmallow fondant.

The funky shiny spots are from covering it with cling wrap before I took the pictures. And it's red, not orange, bad light. I only had liquid food color on hand, so, the red's not as vibrant as I would have liked, something not helped by the red plate. I ended up replacing the water in the fondant recipe with food color for the black, after the fight with red. I used a cookie cutter for the butterflies. I'm very happy with it overall though, seeing it was the first time I used fondant.
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008 04:05:09 AM »

It looks excellent!
It's going to be very hard to cut into it........  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008 04:38:10 AM »

Well I like it a lot! I am not great with butter creme either, so last year I too went the fondant route. Personally. I think it's an easier medium. And if your an artist, you will be able to create some amazing designs. I wish I still had pictures of my first one, which was a crazed out  on the spot version of a mad hatter cake:P

Now go forth and find someone who needs a cake so you can attempt your own unique designs.
maybe you can start your own Ace of Cakes:P

« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008 06:46:04 AM »

Thanks. This was like some sort of redemption for me, and I'm crazy proud of it. I didn't have much of an issue cutting into it. Cake decorating is one of those things that isn't ment to last, like snowmen and sandcastles. My big problem is not going all crazy making cakes. (I am so going to try a Mad Hatter cake next.)
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008 08:50:40 AM »

I would love to start experimenting more with fondant, but it's just so gross to eat I feel like it's a waste of time.  Is marshmallow fondant more edible than traditional or is it still a peel it off before you eat kind of thing?

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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008 12:32:17 PM »

It tastes like marshmallows, just sweeter. I think it could become too much, but rolled thin, it's great. DH was such a fan that he kept coming into the kitchen and stealing fondant scraps while I was working on the cake.
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2008 01:39:39 PM »

Well done!!! Very creative.

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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2008 11:33:47 AM »

If my first go at fondant (whenever that may happen) turns out half as lovely, it will have been a success.  This looks great!

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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2008 10:39:46 PM »

wow. that is pretty.
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