Confession: The title of my blog post is incredibly corny. You see, this post is entirely about icing…and the cake it is on. Literally.
Since I (obviously) “mastered” creating leaves and flowers with Royal Icing, I felt the next logical step was actually decorating a cake. Gotta start sometime, eh? All I needed was an event to bring the cake to. There is no freaking way I could have an ENTIRE cake just sitting around my house. I would blimp out in mere milliseconds… One of my good friends recently accepted a job offer that meant he would be moving to another state. Going-away-party cake? Yes.please.
There were two things I wanted to try out for this (my very first) attempt at cake decorating: homemade frosting and fondant.
In case you didn’t know, homemade frosting is utterly delicious. Whoa…Nelly. Though, I don’t even want to guess how many calories this frosting has. For the sake of our sanity I am going to forgo figuring it out. Making this frosting is actually pretty easy. Add all ingredients together and mix. That’s it.
1/2 c clear crisco
1/2 c butter
1 tsp vanilla
4 c powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
I don’t know about you, but fondant scared the undies right off me. The things professionals do with fondant is so amazing! I needed something simple, just to get my feet wet. Polka dots. I purchased some Wilton Fondant to minimize the scariness of fondant. It seemed smart to start with a fondant that someone else made so I know what it is supposed to be like. I also have a fondant roller and some fondant cutters. This was another one of those things that baffled me. It was so simple! I opened the package of fondant, put a little powdered sugar down, and rolled out the fondant like playdough. Seriously, that’s it. After that I just took the circle fondant cutters and cut them out like cookies. I would change one thing I did, though. I had rolled out the fondant to about 1/4 inch thick, but I would actually go much thinner than that.
I cheated on the cake and totally used a box mix. I made two 9 inch round cakes and stacked them with a layer of frosting between them. Spreading the frosting on the cakes isn’t very easy. I have to read up on it a little bit, but I definitley managed. After frosting the cake I used a decorating comb around the outside and then stuck the fondant circles on it. Then I was able to write on my message and complete the outside with a star tip. Piece.of.cake. Oh come on…I had to. 😉