A few weeks ago, I was contacted by one of my son’s former daycare teachers to make cakes for his current teacher’s baby shower, which was this past weekend. They wanted me to make a cake similar to this Martha Stewart idea. Never one to pass up a challenge, I accepted. In fact, this is why I initially created my son’s first birthday cake using pre-packaged fondant, as I had never worked with fondant before. The only problem with that initial fondant experience is that I hate the taste of standard fondant, which can probably be most closely compared to already-chewed bubble gum. So, as I was searching for tastier pre-packaged alternatives, my wife found a “recipe” for marshmallow fondant on pinterest, and I decided to give that a shot. Since that recipe page didn’t give exact measurements for the fondant recipe, here is what I used to make a lemon-flavored fondant for my baby shower cakes:
If you need to store the fondant, the Clockwork Lemon blog suggests that they be wrapped in greased plastic wrap and stored in a large ziplock storage bag. I used the fondant the same evening I made it, so I just used a little plastic wrap to keep if from drying out as I made several batches to make different colors. For the actual cakes, I used my standard yellow cake mix, but doubled and baked in a large cake pan so I could get block-looking shapes. I then cut them into 2.5″x2.5″ squares as Martha suggested, dirty frosted them with some buttercream frosting, and then placed on the fondant. Lastly, instead of creating royal icing (which I found as an odd choice for a baby shower cake or a first birthday cake, as the site suggested using it for, since as their royal icing recipe points out: Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.), I used the remainder of my buttercream and colored it to decorate the blocks. After much work, these were the results:
Yes, she’s having a little girl. And yes, I have yet to earn my Master Piping certification, especially when it comes to free-hand drawing, though my wife did have fun asking me what everything was on the way over to drop them off. Yes, the one started out as a moon, but it didn’t look right and “evolved” into a cloud and snowflakes (which is appropriate because it was snowing for the shower, OK?). Oh, and lightning bolts are indeed girly. I thought everyone knew that. Anyway, I’m my own harshest critic, and I know I have some practice to do to make myself a better decorator, but I didn’t think they turned out too badly. Besides, they tasted amazing…or at least I’ve been told since I neglected to keep a sample for myself. I’ll just assume that they were right, because I’d hate to think that they weren’t great with all the effort I put into them! So, it was fun, and very challenging. Definitely something I’ll need to work on to improve my skills for the next time I attempt something similar. But I’ll leave this post with a challenge for you: Can you name what all of my little drawings are supposed to be???