The Cake Experiment: Part 4

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 21, 2009

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I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it.

Today was my fiirst day ever using fondant icing! And oh how fun it was.

I channeled my inner Bakerella and Pioneer Woman, and dove right in:

I used Wilton’s Fondant as well as a wonderful Wilton’s 12 pack gel icing colours:

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Gloves are necessary if you are a prissy princess like me. (That’s what hubby says anyways) :D

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Mixing some pink gel:

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Is it worth it, let me work it, I flip my thing down…ok, I really don’t know the words to that song!

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It simply wasn’t pink enough. I like pink. I need more pink. Deeper pink please!

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So soft and pretty. I love fondant.

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Just your average UFO crop:

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Once you have cut the circle (the same diameter as the cupcake) you place it into your hand and twist. I wet the sides a bit so it would stick. You really need to do a couple to figure it out and see what works for you best!

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Voila! Mon petite cupcake!

Not perfect, but not bad for a first try!

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It is just begging to be decorated, no?

My second attempt on the left. I liked this one better.

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Now it was time to make my 1st rose. I was panicking on the inside.

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Try not to laugh too much.

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What an awful looking rose.

I admit I cracked up when I saw this sad looking rose on the cupcake.

Folks, this is what we call a ‘Back to the GLO drawing board!’

So I went back to the PW/Bakerella post. And I re-examined her roses. They looked so perfect I wanted to vomit.

Back to the kitchen I went! Determined to create a better rose.

You see, the key, is creating a flat, convex, D-shaped squiggly thing. Not a round ‘worm’ shape, which was what I initially created.

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And here we go!

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I’m in love.

Utter, pink, rose-y love.

I did a happy dance. Followed by The Hammer. Ohhh ohh, oh, oh, ohhhh, oh, ohhh, oh, ohohohohoh STOP HAMMER TIME.

Oh no, I’m not finished. There is more!

After this rose, I felt like the sky was the limit. I felt weightless. Much like when I put my knee sleeves on yesterday.

Are you ready?

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Pastry cutters work amazing with fondant:

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Yes that rose is a mammoth. Next time I would make it smaller. But hey, go big or go home!

Channeling my inner Glo Bakery colours:

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Ta-Da!

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Pretty darn adorable, eh?

I think these would make the cutest wedding favours!

I also want to try regular cupcakes too.

And this is just the beginning. Oh yes, only the beginning. My next attempt will be Marzipan. Fondant’s healthy and expensive alternative.

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Jenn June 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

Great job. I’m craving cupcakes now and it’s only 10 am.

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Shannon Leger January 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Hey Angela-don’t you love working with fondant?! I LOVE it! Brings out my inner child :). Did you know there’s a much tastier and cost effective alternative? MMF (marshmallow fondant) that you can make yourself. I have never made it but am thinking of trying some this week….would be great for me to find a cost effective alternative as I go through ALOT in my bakery!

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