I get it, fondant can make a cake look beautiful. You know what else it does to cakes, makes them taste terrible. For past birthdays I always went to a local store and bought, but lately I find making cakes to be more from the heart. I didn’t make Boogs first birthday cake, sorry about that Boogs! I don’t know but it seems nowadays your kid has to have a ten tier cake or something fancy. The pressure!!!
Like I said fondant looks amazing, but
So I went the marshmallow fondant route a few years ago. I’m not a baker and I found out quickly that I didn’t have the patience for this at all. My fondant would rip and not to mention my cake itself was falling apart underneath it. I only made two cakes like this and after that I vowed never again. The taste was still bad, but not as bad as fondant. It’s a little lighter not so thick, f you’d like to try this route you can find lots of receipes for this on Pinterest.
Since I stopped doing the fancy fondant cakes because they were just too time consuming and they really tried my nerves, I decided to got the buttercream route. Good ole’ fashion buttercream. I googled and search for cool cakes that could be made using frosting. For Stink’s first birthday I made him a pirate ship cake. I will say it wasn’t that bad, but I messed up on was the cake itself, which back than was the norm for me. Most of my cakes are held together by frosting. If you look closely you can see the front of the ship is starting to slip a bit. I found the instructions for this cake here.
I learned so much from making this one cake.
1. Butter and FLOUR your cake pans
2. Freeze your cakes for awhile so they will harden, than you can cut them into the shapes needed
3. Do not leave these types of cakes out of the fridge too long or they can and will start to melt.
4. Not all cake mixes are the same. I have found Phillsbury to be the best. Betty Crocker tends to fall apart a lot when cutting into it.
I don’t know where I heard about buttercream cakes looking like fondant. The trick to doing this is to use a viva paper towel. So when Boogs asked for a Grave Digger Monster truck cake, I knew I was going to try this route next. It took me 7 hours to make this next cake. It was a lot of trial and error. I search Pinterest a lot and found great tutorials. Most of them did have a step by step tutorial, but they also left some steps out, so I had some guessing to do.
I used gumballs and bought a Grave Digger toy. You know what, it’s way better than fondant. It tasted better, the kids actually ate the gum… and the best part Boogs got to keep the truck, fondant can’t do that.
So what’s your opinion, do you like or dislike fondant?