Today is a a very special day. My aunt Rose (and godmother) is celebrating her 70th birthday! Since it has been awhile since I made a fondant cake, I thought I would bring out my tools and see what I can come up with.
Now I was a very hesitant to try and surprise her with a cake because I did not know if I could still do it. There are several steps involved to making a fondant cake, and although it is not difficult to do, it is very time consuming!
But as soon as I started the baking process, the love for this pastry craft took over. I was in my zone and enjoying the creative process every step of the way. In fact, I decided to try different techniques, such as quilted textures and creating a hand-rolled flower. I did not really plan the design in advance. I knew I wanted to make the rolled turquoise fondant beads to look like pearls and then go from there. The cake turned out to be ‘cute’, as described by my teen. I was pretty happy with it!
After putting it all together, my hubby and daughter accompanied me to make a surprise delivery to my Aunt! She was ecstatic and gave it a two-thumbs up!
Want to make a similar cake? Here’s how I did it:
1. Cake Recipe – Lemon Cake (use the same Lemon Ginger Bundt cake recipe I use, but do not add the ginger). And instead of using lemon juice, try to use real lemons. I squeezed about two from the ripe fruit my mom-in-law gave me. Her friend grew them in her backyard! I baked two round pans a day in advanced and kept it tightly sealed with saran wrap to keep it fresh and moist.
2. Prepare Cream Cheese filling – I did not make butter cream because cream cheese makes a much more delicious filling with lemon cake.
3. Prepare Vanilla Cream – I use Food Network’s Basic Vanilla Pastry Cream recipe because it isn’t too sweet yet it is flavorful. It’s basically combining milk, vanilla bean, and bean paste, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and unsalted butter. Make sure you make enough to cover the entire cake because this is used for crumb coating. Now this step is very important because it makes it a lot easier to cover the cake with fondant and it seals the filling and cake, and keeps everything moist. I added a light pink food coloring with mine just to make it look extra pretty when the cake is cut!
4. Make Marshmallow Fondant – this is probably the easiest and yummiest way to make fondant. I did not color the fondant when the marshmallows were melted, but instead kept everything while and added color whenever I rolled the fondant.
5. Decorate away and have fun!
Have you tried making a fondant cake? How did you like the process? What decorating ideas do you have?