Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rusty Cake Skills

I was asked to decorate a cake for a church party tonight.  As usual I decided to do more than was necessary.  But, I thought it would be a good chance to practice my decorating skills which I have really let go the last few years.   I used Marshmallow Fondant.  It's a little harder to work with, but tastes so much better.  Since I knew it would take a little while I divided it up into a few hours a day, some days more hours.  Since I only had 1 6in pan and 2 9in. pans it took hours just to bake all the layers.  I made Chocolate (baked 6 layers, 3 on the cake, 1 to experiment with and two for later use. The recipe just makes a lot.) one day. Yellow (3 6in layers) another day. I made the fondants on one day. Another for frostings and fillings and one to decorate. The yellow I filled with Lemon curd and vanilla buttercream.  The chocolate is filled with ganache and vanilla cream.  I messed up on the vanilla cream but left it, it still tastes good, just a bit lumpy.  shh. 

This is the kitchen just after decorating.  it looked at least this bad all those separate days.

The MMF is a little stretchier so I had problems with the ribbon pulling as I put it on.  I tried twice.  The bow started pulling the Choc. MMF so it cracked a bit above that.  The ganache dots were a little too pointy and of course I wish it wasn't so lumpy. The bow got a bit cracky as well but dried better than my past experience. But overall, from a distance it looks alright.

I was able to bring one slice from each cake home.  The family was happy. 


Tammy said...

The cake looks beautiful Nicky! And the chocolate sounds delicious!

If this is your idea of "rusty cake skills" you have very high expectations for yourself!

I've never heard of marshmallow fondant until today and you are the second person to have it in a post today!

Melanie said...

Did I read that right? 5 days!? You are truly remarkable, my friend. And your cake was delicious!

Elizabeth-W said...

Super cute!!!

Trish said...

I think it looks wonderful!
MMF is one thing I have yet to try to use.

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