Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wilton Cake Course III, Class 2

Last night I decorated my first fondant cake! I really think it turned out nicely! But WOW! was I tired by the time I was done! I spent the entire 2 hour class covering my cake in fondant and decorating it! And I never expected how much work it would be to knead all that fondant!

My cake has some areas around the bottom that aren't as smooth looking as I would like... but I could have fixed that if I would have made my bead border a little larger... Oh, and I wish I would have put my bow across the package (from corner to corner) as shown in the book... I don't know what I was thinking....



(Oh and in case anyone is wondering how much fondant I used... I took the large box to class... and only opened half... plus I have about 1/4 that I didn't touch and I still have a small about of blue left... so if I would have done the flowers, I probably would have used about 1/2 a large box...)

My instructor gave me a tip for coloring the fondant... By actually poking the toothpick w/ the color into the fondant you don't get it all over your hands (instead of just wiping the color on the fondant)! I had taken gloves, but I probably didn't even need them...

Another tip from my instructor... to keep the fondant longer once it's been opened... wipe shortening on it and wrap in plastic wrap... then double bag it! She's been able to keep it a couple of months this way... She's also had students use those food vacuum sealers and that works well too...

One more tip... don't store the cake in the carrier w/ the lid on! She said it will turn the cake to mush!

8 comments:

Melissa said...

Your cake looks great. I have my final class for course 2 on Thursday. I used your idea and I am going to frost my cake in chocolate frosting.! I made the frosting last night and it smells so good!! Thanks for sharing

melissa said...

Sorry forgot to ask where did you find a 8x3 pan??

Cherie said...

Thanks Melissa - I got my 8x3 pan at Hobby Lobby (although they also sell them at my Michaels store...)

Suzyhomemaker said...

oh goodness, yeah, my first time covering a cake in fondant was disaster! I had to work it and re-work it... but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier!

I get all my pans at Hobby Lobby... it truly helps that my sister works there and gets a 15% discount on TOP of the occasional 40% off coupon. I always get my pans with that because I wouldn't be able to afford them any other way!

Your cakse are beautiful btw :) love elmo too! Thanks for commenting on my blog :)

Suzyhomemaker said...

Are you going to take the Fondant and Gum Paste class? the one here starts in October... not sure yet if I'm going to attempt to do that while taking classes at the University :)

melissa said...

Thanks for the info on the cake pans. We don't have a hobby lobby and for some reason my Michaels only had 8x2. Maybe they were out??

Thanks

Cherie said...

Thanks suzyhomemaker,

I too buy a ton of stuff from Hobby Lobby and also Michaels... I've used the 40% off coupons for pretty much anything over $4 or $5 dollars... I'm sure it's saved me a TON of $$$$!!! How awesome to have that extra 15% off!

I am planning on taking the Fondant and Gum Paste class next if everything goes ok... it starts 8/25 (I think...) I'm hoping everything works out for me to take it... (I'm pregnant right now w/ my second child and I'm due in October... which means the Fondant & Gum Paste course should end about 3 weeks before I'm due! YIKES! Talk about cutting it close!)

I'm not sure if I could do it while going to school... good luck in whatever you decide!

Gette said...

Your cake looks awesome! And I like the blue better than the pink in the book. I can't wait till I start my class on Tuesday!