When I started my baking hobby a few years ago and decided to try my hand at making fondant cakes, I realized I gravitated towards making ‘baby cakes’. It does not mean the cake is just for babies, but rather the size of the cakes are about 8 inches in diameter.
My first try at this was creating a flower hat fondant cake. I was fond of the succulents I was growing in my garden and decided to try to pattern my flower fondant after this.
Here’s how I did it:
The cake formula came from a red velvet recipe from Real Simple Magazine. I wanted to make it extra firm, so I improvised and added a little pudding mix to the batter.
I poured this into two small 8″ round aluminum baking pans.
For the frosting, I decided on Cream Cheese. It happens to be a perfect flavor combination with red velvet. You can use the recipe I often rely on here: Cream Cheese Frosting.
To create the the main base of the cake, I decided to use a dark pink color fondant. I love using this fondant icing ever since I created my first fondant birthday cake.
Here’s a tip….if you want to learn more about fondant and how to layer them on the cake, see my post on Craftsy Mini-Courses. You will be delighted to see a free class that teaches you how to do this!
I completely covered the two layers of round cakes. Then I cut a small strip to cover the bottom part, which helps hide the folds that could not be smoothed away. This made the small cake look like a pink hat.
I decided to make a huge hand flower by utilizing the pattern created by Craftsy Instructor Jessica Harris. I love her ‘Clean and Simple Cake Design’.
Decorating the top of the cake was pretty simple. After the sugar flower hardened, I created a stand comprise of three leaves on the back to support it. Once everything was in place, I placed it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Creating this small cake was a lot of fun! I also realized I enjoy baking the mini-cakes, and actually find it much easier to learn this fondant decorating craft.
Have you tried this at all? What did you make? I am still new to this hobby so do share any tips and tricks!