Well ladies & gentlemen, I no longer am a fondant virgin, or gumpaste virgin for that matter. So if you haven’t figured it out I have never before made a cake with fondant. Being the baker in the family, I was asked to make a lady bug themed cake for my nieces first birthday that will serve 50 people. I knew that I had to make something that would hold well and thought fondant would be the natural choice. I didn’t want to go into this blindly, so this past weekend I had a test run.
I admit that I’m not a fan of fondant, sure it looks pretty but the taste is nothing to write home about. I contemplated buying ready-made fondant but thought how hard can it be to make. Turn out; not so hard after all. For this cake I made a marshmallow fondant from a recipe that I found on-line. People, it took me literary less than 20 minutes. So I urge you, if you buy ready-made fondant give this recipe a try (recipe to follow). So Friday night I made the fondant and let it rest in the fridge.
Saturday I tackled gumpaste. As you can see there are no lady bugs on my cake, those I have made before using marzipan. Flowers on the other hand was totally new to me. I purchased two molds at Michael’s, a daisy mold and a regular 5 pedal mold. I used ready-made Wilton gumpaste. The first few flowers I made were pretty unimaginative. Then I started playing around with textures and using the tools and got a little better with practice.