Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rolled Fondant Birthday Cake by Shannon

My youngest daughter Shannon, age 11 was undaunted in her quest to make a rolled fondant Birthday cake for my oldest daughters 20th Birthday party this month!  As you can was a terrific success!

However, I mustn't let you think that I helped Shannon make the fondant from scratch and that we spent hours in the kitchen making, rolling and kneading, to create the perfect rolled fondant birthday cake.   I confess, I totally chickened out!! Baking is not my forte but I couldn't let my poor baking skills keep my daughter from her quest so we used pre-made fondant.

I'm not much for cooking with prepared foods but this seemed the best idea given my unsurpassed lack of baking acumen.  The fear of making fondant akin to tar paper or silly putty gave me a strong desire to find another alternative. I was pleased to find that Michael's hobby store, makes a pre-rolled marshmallow fondant in several sizes and colors.  I was even more surprised to find that it didn't taste horrible.

Shannon decided to use Tanya's favorite cake mix, Betty Crocker White, for the base and her own recipe for royal lemon icing, between the two layers.  Making the decorations was much like playing with play dough.  We both had fun cutting out the shapes for the flowers and other decorations.

Shannon rolled the fondant large enough to cover the cake and then made petals for her flower, dots and strips with the colored fondant. The fondant was very easy to use.   The garlic press was the favorite tool to create Tanya's dark hair. The fondant rolled right out of the press like it was made for the job!  Shannon's rendition of Tanya 's face looked remarkably similar..I think it was the hair!

I would change a few things the next time Shannon makes a rolled fondant cake.  The box cake mix just didn't stand up to the weight of the fondant.  A homemade cake with a denser texture would be a better choice.  Maybe the next time I might just try to make the fondant from scratch..*shiver*! Well, maybe not!

Shannon, Tanya, Chris
Tanya's 20th B-Day
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  1. That's a great photo. How special for you daughter to have a cake made by her younger sister. I have never used fondant, so your post was very educational. Thanks.

  2. Happy belated birthday to Tanya! That's a lovely cake and especially special. You have lovely children! I have never used fondant before, not very good when it comes to creative things with my hands! Always wanted to learn though....maybe one day!

  3. This cake looks beautiful, I never tried fondant before, when I seen yours that make me want to learn about this..

  4. She did a fabulous job with the cake. Her sister must have been thrilled. This is my first visit here but I love what I've found. I'll be back often. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  5. I thought I was one of the only home chef's that had never used fondant! I'm relieved to not be alone in the crowd!

    City Share, Tanya's was thrilled that Shannon made this special cake for her. Shannon looks up to her sister and had even decided to dress up as "Tanya" for Halloween! Very funny!

    kitchen flavours...Thank you! I fell very blessed to have such lovley children! I'm not much of a crafter either, but I really enjoyed helping Shannon make this cake.

    Palatable, thanks for visiting my blog! It's nice to see you. I'll be checking out treakntreatblogspot...asap!

    Hi Mary, So happy you stopped my my site as well! I'll be visiting your blog later tonight! Blessings right back at ya!!

  6. Shannon, what a wonderful job you did!! I have ever used fondant, and have no idea how to do it. I don't know if I have the patience. I'm sure your sister was so happy. Nicely done!!

  7. The cake looks beautiful and you girls must have had so much fun doing it together. Happy belated birth day to your elder daughter :)

  8. Hi Kim and Biren, Shannon asked me to thank you both for your lovely comments about her cake. She is very happy you liked her work and hopes to be a guest on my blog again, one day soon. Hopefully, I'll be able to talk her into writting her own comments and recipe next time!


  9. Oh my gosh, that's awesome! She did a fabulous job :)

  10. @girlichef, Thank you! I tell Shannon you said so! She's very crafty, unlike her mother and loves to bake my only issue is that she hates to clean up after making her confections! I hate it too but it's a necessary evil for all of us who cook!


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