Tuesday, May 31, 2011
My daughter turned 22, she is on the right and my son's girlfriend turned 18, a day apart....which means...make a big cake!
I have seen this idea on a couple cake blogs like Cakewalk, that do it well. Since I am VERY new to anything other than icing out of a store bought can....mine, well it tasted good and passed for looks but it definitely had some issues. So here is how you make it and avoid some of the dumb mistakes I did.
First for this cake I used Chocolate cake, Chocolate fudge icing...click HERE for those recipes.
I made two batches and baked 2 - 9X 13 and 2 - 6 in round cakes.
Make a double batch of fondant, recipe HERE. Dye 2/3 brown, 1/3 yellow of one batch and the other batch dye orange. Use Wilton cake decorating coloring and for the brown you will need quite a bit.
Cake layers are filled with peanut butter, powdered sugar and enough milk to make a smooth spreading consistency.
Ice cake and let it dry a little....here is big mistake #1 and I knew better!!! my icing is too wet! I thinned it because it was too thick and went too far the other way. GRRR I was so mad because I knew better and proceeded on anyway. This just complicates how the fondant rests on the cake, if too wet it will be too soft, too dry and you may have trouble sticking to cake.
well after some ugly thoughts, maybe an ugly word and a bit of a pity party....I proceeded.
Icing used to pipe on the milk chocolate and amusing 1.5 ounces, we never weighed the cake...but yeah, I am thinking it weighed a little more than that.
Yes it tasted wonderful....yes we ate it all. Yes I ate way too much myself! Yes I would make it again....and hopefully not repeat my mistakes.
Never let fear of failure stop you from trying!
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