So I was really excited when I got a phone call last week for a cake request.
This cake was made for a 50th birthday. The request was from the husband.
He wanted a jean cake, her favorite colors were red and yellow and he wanted it to say, “Forever in Blue Jeans” since that is their song.
I loved that the theme of the cake was open to interpretation. So this is what I came up with.
There was something new that I tried with this cake and I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. I have a favorite brand of fondant that I used to purchase all the time when I had my home based cake business when I lived in Utah.
Now that I’m in Las Vegas and I’m not making cakes on a regular basis, I don’t have the excuse or the budget to be special ordering the fondant I love. So I have been trying to come to terms with using a different brand of fondant for small projects.
I have tried most brands and there are two that are easily accessible but neither are what I like to work with. You may be able to figure out which brands I’m referring to but I won’t say since cake decorators are all different and what works for me may not work for someone else and I don’t want to knock on a brand that someone else may love.
But here’s what I did. I tried a recipe from one of our CakeFu Masters Elizabeth Marek. I know what you’re thinking, “Who would make fondant? It’s too time consuming and never works as well as store bought.” Well, that’s what I have always thought anyway.
Back in the day when I first started cake decorating and experimenting with fondant, I made some marshmallow fondant and it was horrible! I vowed never to make marshmallow fondant again.
Well, last night as I was getting ready to cover my cakes, I opened my bucket of fondant to find that I wasn’t going to have enough. The only option I had was to run to the local Walmart and pick up a box of fondant. That didn’t sound like a good enough solution. Then I remembered hearing about Liz Marek’s “Best Marshmallow Fondant Ever” and thought, well it’s worth a shot.
So I tried it out with one exception. I used Satin Ice brand fondant to mix with my marshmallow fondant instead of the Wilton brand that Liz suggests and here’s how it turned out.
It did a great job of covering my cakes. The fondant wasn’t as stretchy as I thought it would be but it seemed to be as stretchy as I needed it to be. Maybe it would have stretched more if I had followed the recipe exactly.
The major plus of this fondant is the fact that is smooths so well. There are fondants that no matter how much you try to blend two pieces together there will always be a seam.
In my opinion, the sign of a good fondant is the ability to make seams disappear. For that reason alone, I give Liz’s fondant an excellent rating and I will be using it again. Who knows. I may grow to love it more than my beloved special order fondant. Thanks Liz!
Now back to my cake. I was so happy with the way this cake came together. I love the pockets and the red embroidery effect.
The jean texture technique that I came up with worked so well! It came out exactly as I had hoped for.
And I love the personal touches of the song title and the red tag with Amy’s name on it. Those are the parts that make cakes special and worth every penny.