10.04.2011

Fun With Fondant Plus A Giveaway


Have you guys ever worked with fondant? Emphasis on the word worked!

Jen from Beantown Baker and I got together a couple weekends ago to work on some fondant-based projects. King Arthur Flour happily supplied us with the fondant. We decided to tackle a couple different projects, and we have some Halloween treats in store for you soon, but meanwhile I want to share the cake I decorated with you.

Jen made the cake layers, and I whipped up some buttercreams for us. I wanted to do a fall cake, so I chose the caramel-apple cake recipe in Baked Exporations for the cake layers and its accompanying caramel buttercream for the filling and crumb coat.

We each assembled our cakes and spread a thin layer of buttercream over them (the crumb coat), and then we dove right into covering them with fondant. I kneaded the fondant for a bit to make it more pliable and workable, and then I rolled it out into a large circle (using confectioners' sugar to keep it from sticking to the counter).



In order to move the fondant circle over the cake, I thought it would make sense to fold it in half like I would to move a pie crust. While the fondant didn't tear, this did leave a crease in it. (I probably should have done some research before taking out the fondant because I learned afterwards that a little shortening would have solved this problem.)



I carefully smoothed the fondant over the top of the cake and down the sides with my hands, and then I trimmed the excess fondant from the bottom of the cake and the excess that collected at the back of the cake and made a seam in the back.


With my cake decently covered, it was time to get to work on decorations. I thought it would be fitting to do a fall theme, so I broke out my fall cookie cutters and some food color pastes. I dyed some of the fondant red and some of it yellow, and then I twisted some of the red and yellow together to swirl the colors.


I rolled out the colorful fondant, cut out some leaves, and then kneaded the scraps of fondant into orange fondant.


Then I twisted orange, red, and yellow fondant together and rolled it out for even more color variation.


In addition to the leaves, I cut out a few pumpkins, acorns, and apples and made a band to wrap around the bottom of the cake.


To adhere my decorations to the cake, I just dabbed a little water on the back of each one. I was pretty happy with the final product, considering I'd never worked with fondant before, but I know it will take a lot more practice to get something close to perfect.


I love when Jen and I get together to do baking projects because we both challenge each other and teach each other. It's much easier to tackle something like this with a friend!

So I did mention a giveaway... I bet you can guess what it is. One of you can win your own tub of fondant from King Arthur Flour and try decorating a cake yourself, or maybe hold onto it until Jen and I post our Halloween treats, which also use fondant.


To enter to win, please like King Arthur Flour on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Then leave a comment on this post telling me anything about fondant -- a time you saw it on a cake that really impressed you, something you made with it, something you would make with it...

You have until October 7, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter. (You must live in the U.S. or Canada.)

26 comments:

  1. I would try my hand at such an awesome cake!

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  2. I had a great time tackling fondant with you. Love your mid-process pics!

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  3. I want to see the CAKE cake. I assume a post for it is coming soon?

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  4. No cake post this time. This one was all about the fondant. But I might try making the cake another time.

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  5. i love reading about your and jen's baking activities. your fall themed fondant colors and shapes are awesome!

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  6. Lovely! I have used fondant a little, but only a couple of times. I love the smooth, clean look of it

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  7. The multicolored leaves make it!

    I know you said you're not posting about the cake, but I'm also curious about the taste. This cake is one of three I'm deciding between for a birthday later in the month.

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  8. I've never played with fondant, but i love the leaves here!! Does this brand taste good? I've always found that it doesn't really taste all that good... even though I love the smooth, clean lines :)

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  9. It's not great. I tried eating little bits of it with the cake, but I'd much rather just have buttercream. It's great for decorating though!

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  10. The cake is wonderful, very moist and a little spicy. And the buttercream is amazing -- great texture, nice sweetness from the caramel (though making the caramel is a little tricky). If I end up making it, I'll do a post. I just got a bunch of apples, so it's a possibility!

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  11. I love the look of fondant but normally don't eat it, though this looks pretty tasty!

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  12. I like them on both facebook and follow on twitter:) I would love to make my husband a golf cake using fondant:)

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  13. I would have no idea what I would do with a tub of fondant, so I just wanted to tell you how pretty I thought this was :)

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  14. your cake looks great! i'm dying to make a cake with fondant now bc last weekend i helped my friend with her daughter's bday party and she used it...i played with it a little and now i want to try some more!

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  15. Emily @ A Cambridge StoryOctober 04, 2011 4:52 PM

    Wow, this is really impressive! I love the leaves. I have most definitely never worked with fondant!

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  16. This looks like so much fun - and your cake came out great for a first try! I just bought my first container of fondant so I'm waiting for a long weekend afternoon to break it out and see what happens.

    I am making my best friend's wedding cake for 125 people next September, so I'm planning to be a fondant pro by then!

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  17. Very pretty! I've never worked with fondant before - how did it taste?

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  18. Cute cake - I'm impressed that this was your first time using fondant - it can be tricky! I especially love the leaves - cute blog!

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  19. Another thing I've always wanted to try!! Actually I might have used Fondant a long time ago when I was younger helping my aunt make a cake :) She does amazing things with fondant. I love how it looks, just wish it tasted better! I like on FB and follow on twitter!

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  20. So pretty, you guys both did a great job!

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  21. Thanks, Lucy! You won my giveaway, so please pass along your mailing address, and I'll have King Arthur Flour send a tub of fondant out to you!

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  22. And the giveaway winner is... Lucy@The Sweet Touch! Thank you all for the sweet, supportive comments!!

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  23. Fondant is one of those things that i want to get more experience with because it makes everything look so pretty! Your cake looks absolutely gorgeous! And I love your choice of hte baked caramel apple cake...I've been meaning to make that one!

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  24. I would try to make a tasty Thanksgiiving dessert!

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