cake night

IMG_9091 Here is a pictorial step by step process to making homemade fondant and covering a cake.  My good friend and cake decorator, Elizabeth, wasn't in town to guide me like she did the last cake, so there were definitely some hard lessons learned.  Like not using a dark icing under a light colored fondant icing.  There you go, your first tip, at my expense.

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{crumb coat}

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{cut out cardboard base for each cake}

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{homemade fondant: one bag of mini marshmallows and 1 lbs. (plus more) of powdered sugar}

  1. Melt marshmallows with 1 TBSP of water.
  2. Add sugar gradually by hand or with mixer just till the perfect consistency--soft, subtle, not sticky.
  3. I add a flavoring, like pure vanilla and my food coloring while I am mixing.
  4. Knead the fondant.

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{roll out fondant on powdered sugar surface}

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{drape on cake}

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{smooth with palms and fingertips}

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{carefully trim}

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{insert support--dowels, lollipop sticks, whatever is handy}

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{the final moment--topping the first cake}

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{Decorating the cake--ribbon, candies, and miniature dolls I found deep down in the bottom of the toy chest. A little vinyl tablecloth fabric and permanent marker and Voila, Johanna.}

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Any resemblance to the dancing Kathy Selden?