Archive for June, 2009

A pot of crawfish fondant cake

June 2, 2009
Pot of crawfish fondant cake

Pot of crawfish fondant cake

Made from scratch right down to the marshmallow fondant.  Here is a photo to share and more posted on my Flickr account.  I will definitely have to share my “how to” on the gumpaste corn and crawfish in another post.  Initially, I thought that would be the hardest to execute but in fact it was quite simple and fun.

I baked four 10″ round white cakes to construct two 10″ tier cakes assembled on top of another.  Three 10″ cake boards were used – two for support and the other for the pot’s lid.  Four trimmed wooden dowels were inserted in the bottom tier for support of the top tier.

Orange buttercream was used as filling.  I used black cake color to tint my mm fondant until a gray hue was achieved.  I do have to admit that my second batch of mm fondant came out to be a lighter shade of gray than my first batch.  I didn’t really pay attention to the exact amount of black cake coloring that I was using.  So beware!

I crumb coated the cake with a plain powdered sugar and butter frosting recipe.  With the help of some melted almond bark as glue, the gray fondant was able to wrap around the cake.  I opted to wrap the mm fondant around the cake instead of rolling out an enormous sheet of fondant to cover the entire cake because I simply did not have enough counter space to do this.  So I think it would work either way.

I rolled out more gray mm fondant and used the 10″ cake board to trace and cut out a circle to cover the top of the cake.  On top of that, laid the crawfish, corn & potatoes ( you can’t see my potatoes because they were placed in the back).

Then, I proceeded to cover the last 10″ round cake board with fondant on both sides with a little frosting to help it stick to the board.  I rolled some fondant in my hand to make a handle for the pot.  I used melted almond bark to glue it on top.

Overall, this project was a blast.  There are so many other things you can do to make it more unique.  Like add a beer bottle or a paper towel roll next to the pot.  Be creative and have fun!

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My experience with making fondant look like wood

June 1, 2009

I’m in the middle of a “crawfish boil” themed cake and decided to make the cake board look like wood from a picnic table.  Taking what I’ve read of how to do this in Elisa Straus’s book, Confetti Cakes, and observing other people’s work, I decided to give it a try.

Here are the materials that I used:

  • Marshmallow fondant
  • cake board
  • Wilton’s cake color in brown
  • thin paint brush
  • vodka
  • cornstarch
  • rolling pin

Step 1:  Make the MM fondant – separate into two batches, one plain white and the other brown

Step 2:  Roll each batch into a log.  Then twist the white with the brown. Depending on the size of your cake board, you can roll and twist in sections.

Step 3:  Dust your workspace and rolling pin with cornstarch.  Flatten out with rolling pin.  You will notice as the brown and white fondant flatten, the colors “swirl together almost creating a marble effect.  In fact, if you want a marble effect, you can use this technique!  Have cake board ready with some frosting spread onto it so that rolled fondant will stick to the board.  Trim excess.

Step 4:  Dip paintbrush into the Wilton brown paint and slightly dilute with a little vodka to make the color more translucent, like watercolors.  (You do not want to use water because this will ruin or “melt” your MM fondant.)  Using gentle, long strokes, paint the cake board, making sure each stroke varies in the depth of color.  Have fun with it!  You don’t have to be a Picasso to do this.  Plus, wood can have irregularities and so can your painting strokes.

Step 5:  Let cake board dry overnight.  Viola!  A wooden cake board ready for some cake to sit on top of it!

Fondant wood cake board

Fondant wood cake board