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cryssi
03-13-2006, 11:38 AM
Hi! I made this cake a month ago and have just now uploaded the pics (lagger). Anyway, I wanted to share with you all my first attempt at a fondant-covered cake:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6dd32b3127cce97e7ae971c4400000016108AZMmzNs4cOE

I used the Wilton ready-made fondant. It is actually not very difficult to work with. Also, I do agree with everyone else that fondant is NASTY. LOL Has anyone tried to flavor their fondant? It doesn't even taste like pure sugar...it's just gross.

Anyway, I was pretty pleased with the result, even if it wasn't as perfect as I would have liked. My friend loved it, though. :) The red on the cake is Wilton candy melts, nuked in a snack size ziploc baggie with a hole punched in the corner! Too tired to get out the decorating tips. :rotfl:

Queenie
03-13-2006, 12:39 PM
Wow that looks great!

Wish I lived in Fl
03-13-2006, 12:45 PM
That does look great.

My sisters first Fondant cake looked like a trainwreck. She has a picture of her cake displayed next to the cookbook cake picture. Pretty funny!

I haven't even attempted one yet.

cryssi
03-13-2006, 03:50 PM
thanks! :) I want to experiment with fondant flowers next...

scarlett873
03-29-2006, 12:00 PM
Very nice Cryssi!

I'm a pastry chef student and LOVE LOVE LOVE to decorate cakes! I'll have to dig out some pictures of my stuff to post...I never realized there was anyone over here that does it too!

Wilton Fondant, while pretty easy to work with, tastes horrific. I have successfully flavored mine using the LorAnn Oils...usually peppermint. I tried cotton candy once, but it was just too too too sweet.

A product that I have discovered is Choco-pan. You can order it online through www.countrykitchensa.com or another favorite vendor that you may have. Anyway, it's fondant, but it tastes more like white chocolate! One of my instructors at school is actually the inventor of Choco-pan. We use it in class a lot!! I believe she has a website about it at www.choco-pan.com :)

Now i'm off to find some pictures of my cakes to share! :wave2:

cryssi
03-29-2006, 12:39 PM
Thanks Brandie! I can't wait to see your cakes.

Thanks for the info on choco-pan. You know, when I read "choco-pan" I thought "bread?" - a choco pan is a japanese pastry that is a sweet bun filled with chocolate cream! :) :thumbsup2 yummy...

Anyway, I'm definitely going to try this stuff next time, because Wilton fondant= :crazy2:

scarlett873
03-29-2006, 01:19 PM
Choco-pan is awesome! It initially seems more expensive than Wilton, but this stuff goes such a long way! We did 10in round cakes last night. Iced them in buttercream and covered them in fondant...did the 10 loop bows...and I put a fondant border around mine and I didn't even use 1/2 of the container it came out of!

I started out taking the Wilton classes almost 2 years ago and I totally fell in love with cake decorating. I'm not that great at it yet, but I'm working on it! I've done 2 wedding cakes...baby shower cakes...birthday cakes...and I'm getting ready to do a round of cakes for my brother's wedding. Have to do the bridal shower cake for his fiancee and then a cake for the rehearsal dinner...the wedding cake...and a groom's cake. I'm stressing BIG TIME!!

scarlett873
03-29-2006, 01:26 PM
Here are the two wedding cakes I've done. The second picture isn't very flattering, but it was a lovely cake! The bride and groom were very happy with it! :)

http://pages.google.com/edit/brandieraleigh/Picture015.jpg/Picture015-large.jpg

http://home.earthlink.net/~mnbraleigh/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/cake4.jpg

cryssi
03-29-2006, 01:44 PM
out of curiosity, what kind of cake do you use? I did a cake mix modification, but it was still a little too fluffy for fondant and filling. I suppose a homemade cake would be denser. I really want to try this recipe one of these days when I have a lot of time and a fancy occasion (meaning never) LOL:

Fondant Covered Wedding Cake with raspberries and chocolate (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/101663)

sounds good :thumbsup2

I want to take wilton classes too, but again, the time issue. My mom took wilton way back when, and she makes great cakes, flowers, etc.!

cryssi
03-29-2006, 01:46 PM
nice! :thumbsup2

disneyfreakk
03-29-2006, 02:13 PM
:worship: That is wonderful! I cant believe that was your first try. WOW!! I thought I would post a picture of what my cakes usually look like :

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/disneyfreakk/cakemix.jpg

And

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/disneyfreakk/frosting.jpg

I dont think I would be so disappointed about my cakes turning out like this except that after I cook I have to throw the crap away its so awfull, and all I have to show for my effort is the packaging!! :rolleyes: I couldnt cook my way out of a paper bag if my life depended on it! You ladies are extreemly talented!

cryssi
03-29-2006, 02:27 PM
:rotfl2:

scarlett873
03-29-2006, 02:33 PM
:worship: That is wonderful! I cant believe that was your first try. WOW!! I thought I would post a picture of what my cakes usually look like :

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/disneyfreakk/cakemix.jpg

And

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/disneyfreakk/frosting.jpg

I dont think I would be so disappointed about my cakes turning out like this except that after I cook I have to throw the crap away its so awfull, and all I have to show for my effort is the packaging!! :rolleyes: I couldnt cook my way out of a paper bag if my life depended on it! You ladies are extreemly talented! :lmao:

out of curiosity, what kind of cake do you use? I did a cake mix modification, but it was still a little too fluffy for fondant and filling. I suppose a homemade cake would be denser. I really want to try this recipe one of these days when I have a lot of time and a fancy occasion (meaning never) LOL: In the past, I've used a box mix. I prefer Duncan Hines. I've tried Betty Crocker and the dang thing never turns out right! Duncan Hines has a recipe on the inside of the box for tiered cakes. That's usually the one that I follow. At school, i'm beginning to discover the world of scratch cakes! I LOVE the white cake recipe that we use. I don't have it one me...but I can post it for you later, if you like! I've altered the recipe a bit before and added chopped cherries and it was fabulous.

I've recently discovered a great website with lots and lots of recipes!! Misc Recipes (http://www.wrenscottage.com/kitchen/recipes/index.php) I also find lots of good recipes on Cake Central (www.cakecentral.com) as well as lots of good inspiration for designs!

cryssi
03-29-2006, 02:47 PM
thanks, that site looks cool. My mom swears by Duncan Hines as well. She recently made a strawberry cake - 1 layer was Betty Crocker, 1 layer was Duncan Hines. We determined that Betty Crocker was fluffier, and better suited to cupcakes than a layer cake. DH all the way! LOL but maybe not for a tall fondant cake...

btw, I am more of a cookie guru who aspires to make cakes:

http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procgserv/47b6df33b3127cce98548acf8d3500000012108GbNmzVq5Y

I did not do Mindy's. LOL Everyone always knows which cookie I have made b/c of the hidden mickey! :rotfl:

scarlett873
03-29-2006, 02:49 PM
I love doing cookies as well! I just can't find a decent recipe for them...lol

cryssi
03-29-2006, 03:00 PM
Try this one - IMO the best sugar cookie recipe, and the only one I will make now:

Soft Christmas Cookies (http://cookie.allrecipes.com/az/SftChrstmsCks.asp)

read my review! :teeth:

can I give this more stars? Thank you for a fantastic recipe! This is my new sugar cookie recipe. I just made these, and OMG they are so good. They are sweet and buttery, but not excessively so. I baked them for 10 min. Frosting will be good, but plain they are amazing. I used butter and all the flour, and found that it was stiff enough to roll...no chilling needed! I used the Wilton comfort grip tree cutter, and it made 21 cookies with a couple of scraps. Thank you so much again!!!

scarlett873
03-29-2006, 08:44 PM
Thanks for the recipe! When I have a free 5 minutes, I'll have to try it! :)

mickeymousemom
04-19-2006, 02:32 PM
I've been wanting to try a cake with fondant but believe I am a tad ignorant about it :teeth: ...Is the fondant normally eaten?

Please excuse my stupidity :rolleyes: :teeth:

EeyoreFan1
04-19-2006, 04:13 PM
Beautiful! :goodvibes

EeyoreFan1
04-19-2006, 04:14 PM
I've been wanting to try a cake with fondant but believe I am a tad ignorant about it :teeth: ...Is the fondant normally eaten?

Please excuse my stupidity :rolleyes: :teeth:


Ahh, many people have the same question! Yes, you eat the fondant, it s made og sugar and glucose, perfectly edible! :goodvibes

mickeymousemom
04-19-2006, 06:49 PM
Thank you so much...I had a pretty good idea what it was made of, but wasn't sure how it tasted. I even thought I remembered seeing a Food network show once where a wedding cake had fondant and it was taken off beofre it was eaten :confused3

HERSEY
04-19-2006, 06:50 PM
Those are beautiful cakes. Thanks for the info about choco-pan I don't like the taste of fondant. I will have to try choco-pan. My favorite website for cake decorating stuff and ideas is http://sugarcraft.com you can get lost there if you scroll down to "lessons" there are recipes for fillings and frostings, etc.

cryssi
04-21-2006, 04:29 PM
Thank you so much...I had a pretty good idea what it was made of, but wasn't sure how it tasted. I even thought I remembered seeing a Food network show once where a wedding cake had fondant and it was taken off beofre it was eaten :confused3

I know that Disney and some other places will take the fondant off before you eat it...it's strictly decorative (but it's edible...you can eat it if you want...)

Disney puts a layer of buttercream (and OMG what buttercream! I never eat frosting-it's too sweet-but I ate this one) underneath and lays the fondant on top, so when they take it off to serve, you still have frosting...

scarlett873
04-22-2006, 04:28 PM
I can attest that the Wilton fondant is icky...it's edible, just doesn't taste very good! I recently did my final in my cakes class and had to use a ton of black fondant...my instructor brought in her choco-pan in black...OMG!!! It smells and tastes like chocolate!!!!! The cake I did didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but it was just a practice run before my brother's wedding. I didn't take a picture...otherise i would post it. But the cake is a two tiered cake...the bottom tier is supposed to look like a tire. The choco-pan worked beautifully!

There's also a way to make your own fondant using marshmallows. If anyone would like the recipe...I can see if I can dig it out for you...

You can flavor the Wilton fondant. I use the lor-ann (I think that's how it's spelled) oils. Just a drop at a time...I use peppermint in it during the holidays! But just a warning...cotton candy flavoring makes it just too sweet...lol.

I've got some pictures on my camera somewhere...I'll have to see if I can move them over and post some more pictures for you!

Sugarcraft is awesome! My other favorite site is www.countrykitchensa.com ...they have EVERYTHING!!

EeyoreFan1
04-22-2006, 04:47 PM
Thank you so much...I had a pretty good idea what it was made of, but wasn't sure how it tasted. I even thought I remembered seeing a Food network show once where a wedding cake had fondant and it was taken off beofre it was eaten :confused3


There may have been a certain ingredient in the Fondon that may have been bitter. It is normally eaten though.. :confused3 :goodvibes

mickeymousemom
04-22-2006, 08:00 PM
I know that Disney and some other places will take the fondant off before you eat it...it's strictly decorative (but it's edible...you can eat it if you want...)

Disney puts a layer of buttercream (and OMG what buttercream! I never eat frosting-it's too sweet-but I ate this one) underneath and lays the fondant on top, so when they take it off to serve, you still have frosting...


Actually, I think it was a special on Disney weddings that I saw this...that's when I became confused because I had always thought it to be edible...thanks!


And to the poster who has a recipe for a fondant made with marshmallows...I'd love to have it... :goodvibes

Montana Chef
04-22-2006, 09:19 PM
Very nice job on your first fondant! :cheer2: Keep up the good work!

Fondant is edible but I would only eat it if it was paper thin.

Scarlett where are you attending school? :teacher:

scarlett873
04-24-2006, 08:52 AM
Scarlett where are you attending school? :teacher: I am just attending my local Ivy Tech State College. It's actually a pretty good program...so far! I love my classes and am so looking forward to diving into the chocolate classes!

I'll see if I can scare up the mashmallow fondant recipe for you...I'll be back!

scarlett873
04-24-2006, 08:55 AM
Marshmallow Fondant Recipe (http://www.wilton.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=77236&FTVAR_MSGDBTABLE=&STARTPAGE=1)

I hope that link works! If it doesn't...let me know...

cryssi
04-24-2006, 12:22 PM
sweet! :) I can't wait to try this, it sounds so easy and yummy... :thumbsup2

thanks! :goodvibes

scarlett873
04-25-2006, 10:10 AM
you are most welcome!! :)

cryssi
07-06-2006, 03:00 PM
I made a watermelon cake for the 4th:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6d927b3127cce8afbb6178e5d00000016108AZMmzNs4cOE

I'll have to get the pics for the inside...they're on the other camera...

scarlett873
07-06-2006, 03:24 PM
very cute!!

I just did my brother's wedding cakes...I'll have to post them for you...I'll do that tomorrow!

cryssi
07-06-2006, 05:07 PM
cool! can't wait to see your pics...

oh, I used the marshmallow fondant for my cake, and colored with Americolor gel. :thumbsup2

scarlett873
07-07-2006, 07:43 AM
Here is the cake I did for the rehearsal dinner...the bride's favorite driver is poised to cross the finish line...whereas the groom's drivers...well, they didn't fare well...lol...the cake was a yellow cake with a Bailey's mousse filling.
http://brandieraleigh.googlepages.com/rehearsalcake1.jpg/rehearsalcake1-large.jpg

This was the main wedding cake...it was for display purposes only though. It was all styrofoam! I had a little 6 in cake tucked away for them to actually cut into for pictures...
http://brandieraleigh.googlepages.com/weddingcake3.jpg/weddingcake3-large.jpg

This was the groom's cake. Again, it was all styrofoam as well! The bottom tier was supposed to look like a tire...
http://brandieraleigh.googlepages.com/groomscake1.jpg/groomscake1-large.jpg
A close up of the bottom tier...
http://brandieraleigh.googlepages.com/groomscake2.jpg/groomscake2-large.jpg

And we did serve REAL cake! We did sheet cakes...I made 2 champagne cakes with a strawberry filling...a lemon cake with a cream cheese filling...and a chocolate cake with a chocolate filling! All flavors were a big hit!
http://brandieraleigh.googlepages.com/sheetcakes3.jpg/sheetcakes3-large.jpg
http://brandieraleigh.googlepages.com/sheetcakes4.jpg/sheetcakes4-large.jpg

The reason I went with styrofoam for the main cakes was purely convenience. I live 2 hours away and wanted to do most of the work in my own kitchen. With real cakes, I was petrified of transporting them and then setting them up. So instead, I did most of the work at home...I baked the sheet cakes at home...and then when I got to where I was staying for the few days prior to the festivities, I decorated the sheet cakes, groom's cake, and added the finishing touches to the display cakes. It worked out perfectly!

Montana Chef
07-07-2006, 10:46 AM
Love the wedding cakes...that styrofoam really comes in handy! But I understand completely about the distance. I am 60 miles from the nearest town so .... I invested in a couple of catering carrier boxes & they have saved my cakes every time I'm sure! Especially since I drive a large dually pick-up truck! Lots of bouncing there!

Love the watermelon cake!!!! How cute! Can't wait to see the interior! You did an excellent job there!

Happy baking everyone!

cryssi
07-07-2006, 11:38 AM
Brandie - great job! I love the rehearsal cake, I'm cracking up here! I aspire to make more cool cakes... :)

Montana Chef - can't wait to see some of your work! pastry chef and chocolatier...my dream job...LOL

cryssi
07-10-2006, 03:34 PM
well, I suppose it doesn't really look like a watermelon, but not bad for my first try anyway...

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6d928b3127cce8a9578a8c19b00000016108AZMmzNs4cOE

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6d928b3127cce8a95796a81c100000016108AZMmzNs4cOE

scarlett873
07-11-2006, 07:46 AM
That is very cute!!!! I need to try that one of these days...:)

Thanks for the compliments! I'm getting better and more adventurous in what I do with my cakes. This time last year, I wouldn't have even considered trying to make a cake look like a tire!!

Baboo
07-16-2006, 10:17 PM
Great cakes everyone! I've done many fondant cakes over the years. I tried the Wilton fondant once, but I always make my own now and quite like the taste of it. If I get the chance, I'll look up the recipe and post it for you to try.

lewdyan1
05-30-2007, 02:29 PM
On my search for the Cinderella fondant cake I came across this old thread and thought it should be revived. I want to try the watermelon cake, it looks so cute! Was it hard?:confused3

cryssi
05-30-2007, 03:43 PM
Hi Dyan!

It wasn't hard at all! I used the 3D sports ball pan and 1 6" round. Tinted the batter with powdered, unsweetened kool aid, and the "seeds" are mini chocolate chips. Frost with white buttercream, and put the green fondant on top. I'm sure that were I to do it again, I could do a better job! The "stripes" were just light green sanding sugar. I brushed lines on the fondant with water and a pastry brush, and then sprinkled on the sugar!

Good luck! If you have any more questions, let me know! :)

Mickey'sMainMami
06-15-2007, 07:38 AM
Hi, I love the pics you posted. I would love to learn how to do fondant and flowers and stuff. What and where are the Wilton classes you talk about? Where could I go to learn something like that? Thanks for any suggestions!

Ishy
06-15-2007, 07:56 AM
Here is a picture:
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l115/suzy_ishtar/100_3541.jpg

We always do homemade Bday cakes and my DD was axious to try fondant, so she made this for Grandmas 70th (she collects frogs)
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l115/suzy_ishtar/Picture016.jpg

She made this cake for her father last year (not fondant)
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l115/suzy_ishtar/000_0759.jpg

and this one she made me cause I am the green M&M chick:
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l115/suzy_ishtar/MMBIRTHDAY.jpg

And this one I made her Nascar obsessed brother:
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l115/suzy_ishtar/100_3574.jpg

And finally - this was the grooms cake(done by his cousin) at a wedding I attended (totally floored me, we dont do grooms cakes in NJ)
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l115/suzy_ishtar/groom.jpg

Please please please post your chocolate or any other flavor fondant recipe - if you have one, we been trying to make/modify a vegan one :) but all will be welcome!

Oh and GREAT THREAD - keep the pictures coming. Love love love them. I want to try the watermellon one..... We love to eat our creations so I will pass on the styrofoam ones! heheh