Friday, January 20, 2012

My first Fondant experience....

Ever get the feeling that sometimes 'experience' is much more fun than the final result? Yeah, well, the result was more than edible and if there was any leftovers.... Anyhow, what am I rambling on about, I made a fondant cake!! Wohooo. My first. I liked it! And yes,I will make another again, soon. So I got a recipe for a peanut butter cake, yummo, yes, definitely yummo. I put chocolate ganache in the middle and covered it with a peanut butter cream cheese icing, then use marshmallow fondant for the final touch. It turned into a 2 day process, but so worth it. Well, maybe not for my waistline, but ya gotta live a little. Considering I already lost the 10 pounds I gained during the Christmas holidays, a little cake did not hurt me.
I kept it simple, being my first attempt.
I will try to be more patient next time and let the cream cheese icing set longer, before I put on the fondant, because as you can see from the bottom picture, it does have a great dent in it, but once we cut into it, nobody cared about the dent!! We used it to celebrate one of my friends Birthday's. She loved it and so did I! The cake recipe came from here, Epicurious.com, I did add 1 cup peanut butter, not 1/2. For the Fondant Recipe, I went to What's Cooking America. Though I decided to put my icing sugar in a big bowl and I dropped the melted marshmallow and folded it in carefully not to touch the marshmallow, just the icing sugar. I didn't end up greasing my hands or the bowl and it worked out just fine. The Fondant icing was easy to do once I watched a few videos, the best ones on you tube being: This one on how to place the fondant, and this other one, on how to smooth it out. Well, I hope to make many more pretty cakes, I'll keep you posted and will blog about it all when I get more adventurous with cake making. Cheers everyone, Viviana

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