Thursday, March 11, 2010

My First Cake Decorated With Fondant

An excuse to bake a cake- that's what I keep looking for (like a lot of folks out here, I now realize:-). My cousin's sister-in-law's daughter was to celebrate her 6th birthday. My cousin wondered if I would bake a cake for her. Wonder?? 'You bet , you bet, I sure will bake , hey thanks for giving me this chance to try out another cake experiment ' I gleefully told her. I kept on pestering her with my calls for the next few days- what was the little girl's fav color, fav theme, fav flavor etc etc. Oh, yeah, when a cake is on my mind, its on my mind 24/7.

Good natured cousin of course told me to bake whatever was easy and convenient. So I had all the freedom to bake anything. Freedom and fondant in my kitchen:-)) Fantastic!! You can hardly go wrong with a choc cake, be it adults or kids. Chocolate cake with ganache frosting with white fondant. Seemed good enough and a great opportunity to open that shining new packet of  white Wilton rolled fondant.

So I baked the cake using this  recipe. But of course I would not choose this one now for this kinda cake if I have to now. Yeah, blogging has opened my eyes to the so- much- more- fantastic sponges. I made the fondant flowers making 5 small balls, flattened them with my thumb and attached these to a small, flat, round piece of fondant, using cornflour paste. Would have been easier with cookie-cutters that size, but sadly I don't have this:-(. And the big flower in the middle was cut out with a cookie-cutter.

Put little small pieces of pink fondant in the middle of each flower (somebody tell me what this part is called!!). Black fondant for the eyes. Yeah, yeah, mixed colors for the pink and black of course. Can't let Wilton take all the credit guys:-)

Made some ganache ( I did not note down how much of cream and choc I used) which did not behave as I wanted to and turned grainy.. Grrrr.. !!  Another lesson learnt. Sliced and soaked the cake in simple sugar syrup, filled and frosted with grainy ganache. Popped the cake into the fridge. Did not put the fondant things on it as yet as I was not sure what would happen if it stayed on that surface for long.

The venue was a little far from my place and by the time I reached the place, the syrup was oozing out a bit out of the cake:-((. I made my grand entry to the party and hurriedly placed the flowers on the cake. Had carried my small amateurish choc flowers and put them around the cake in a feeble attempt to draw attention away from the syrup oozing at the bottom..

Placed pink candles on each flower. It looked pretty with the candles lit..

Well, all is well that ends well.. the cake was cut and demolished in a flash by folks at the party. Returned home with my empty cake carrier and a big smile on my face...
End of the story.. thanks for reading this guys!!

This cake is also my entry to Divya's Best Chocolate Cake Event . Boy!! Does she have a great collection of bakes and cakes on her blog!!

23 comments:

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Hi..my first visit here...not bad for the first timer, came out beautifully, love your decoration on the cake.....

cookcurrynook said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmy and very adorable!
I know where to place the order for personalised Birthday Cakes now ;) *wink-wink*

deepti said...

Gr8 attempt.....Perfect 4 the day party :)

Tj said...

Hi.. love ur blog and the recipes.. Did you order for the Wilton fondant online / did you pick it up at a store? I've been looking for fondant to try my hands at cake decorating. Would appreciate your inputs!!

Suma Rowjee said...

Thanks all!!
@Madhuri- Personalized cakes..haha.. sure .. why not?? My pleasure!!

M D said...

Hey, Queen of Cakes, your cake with fondant looks too good. Can I have a helping too? ;)

shubhada said...

lovely...very yummy..

Saswati said...

the hard work shows...love the decoration:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, looks awesome, I like the smiley piece, its cho cute:)

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my space. Chocolate cake with fondant flowers came out pretty good and looks beautiful. Keep up the good work:).

Gulmohar said...

Gorgeous cake..Am sure the b'day girl would have been so happy to see this. The smiley flower is so cute..Happy baking !!

Divya Kudua said...

I am sure the birthday girl would have been happy to have such a pretty looking cake!!

My event..remember??

Vrinda said...

Nice cake....lov the flowers.Regarding pastry,i never tried making puff pastry at home...will post when i learn...

RV said...

Gorgeous Cake Suma... I am looking forward to join a wilton class here... but they don't have any thing scheduled in near future.. Good luck with baking and Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you , will peek in often...

Anonymous said...

Hi Suma,

Pretty cake. The fondant flowers are awesome.Where in bangalore did u get the wilton white fondant?

Rekha.

Suma Rowjee said...

Hi! I got my fondant from the US:-)) Haven't come across fondant here in Bangalore. Do check out this link for making sugar paste at home.
http://swapnascuisine.blogspot.com/2010/01/sugarpaste-icing-fondant-icing.html

Hope you find this useful!!

Deepa said...

ohh wow, the cake looks so scrumptious..

SathyaSridhar said...

Cake looks proffessional and now u see hard work never fails,,you have done it,,, can u share the frosting n fondant methods,,,Dear. thanks for sharing,,take care n keep smiling.

Suma said...

Had made this cake in December when I was not blogging, hence not paid much attention to any more details than what I have already mentioned in the post:-(. Will surely do it next time I make the cake, mostly this month for my son's birthday..

BangaloreBaker said...

Just an FYI - You can strain the ganache to get rid of the grainy parts. It happens if you don't stir the chocolate well after 5 minutes of adding hot cream to it. Simple but cute cake. I didn't know that you can get wilton's fondant in bangalore. I make my own even when I can get it easily here.

BangaloreBaker said...

Suma, I got your email. I make two kinds of fondant easier one being with marshmallows. Do you get marshmallows in Bangalore? I am asking it because I am planning on making that fondant soon for my kid's birthday cake and if you do get marshmallows, I will post the recipes. Otherwise I'll have to make the one without them.

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Shweta said...

Hey, Love the cake :) Wanted to know where do we get Wilton's fondant in Bangalore?