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Friday, September 07, 2012

My First Fondant Cake - A Birthday Cake for my better half :-)

Today is my husband's birthday and so I made this cake for his birthday.I would like to thank all my blogger friends who inspired me with their beautiful fondant cakes.This was a much awaited wish to prepare and so am very happy today that I could make a presentable cake for S's birthday.The base of the cake is Eggless Chocolate Cake that I already posted.Layered the cake with whipped cream and covered with homemade marshmallow fondant.The recipe for marshmallow fondant is taken from Manju's Eating Delights,Thanx manju for the recipe.Kids loved the cake very much as it was their favorite chocolate inside and yummmy fondant outside.Am very sorry about not posting the detailed pics,as I was short of time to click pics.Though am not an expert in decorations,just referred videos Hubby was very much impressed and was happy at my first attempt.And that made my day,feeling happy !!!


Ingredients
Chocolate cake (refer notes)
heavy whipping cream 1 cup
icing sugar 3 tbsp
gelatin 1/2 pkt(refer notes)
vanilla extract 1/2 tsp

for home made marshmallow fondant
mini marshmallows 10 oz bag
powdered or confectioners sugar 4 cups +extra (if needed)
water 1-2 tbsp
vegetable shortening to grease work surface and hands



Method
FOR WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING-
-Place the bowl in freezer for 30 mins and the blades of hand mixer as well.
-The whipped cream should be cold otherwise it will not form peaks.
-Add the whipped cream in the cold bowl,whisk on low speed.Continue to whisk along with sugar until you reach soft peaks.
-In the mean time,add cold water to gelatin.Leave for 6 mins and then add about 50ml hot water or bring the mixture to boil.Leave to cool.
-Add the gelatin mixture,vanilla extract to the soft peaks and whisk again until you reach the stiff peaks.
-Scrape and refrigerate until you use for frosting.


FOR HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOW FONDANT-
-In a microwaveable safe bowl,add 1-2 tbsp of water and the bag of marshmallow.Heat on high for 1 minute or until marshmallows begins to fluff and melt.Stir with a spatula to get a thick paste.
-Add powdered sugar little by little in the bowl and mix.
-Then finally grease your kitchen counters,hands and scrape down the mix on the counters,mix it well,kneading.Sprinkle extra sugar if required,knead until you get a smooth dough.(as I did the cake and marshmallows in a day,so couldn't click pictures.Sorry about that)
-Cover with a cling wrap and keep aside until you use.
-Add wilton icing gels to incorporate colors to fondant.(refer notes)
-This is the video link ,I referred to make fondant rose.



Serves~ fondant covers for 1 square cake of 8" size


NOTES
* I had not used gelatin in whipped cream and so the whipped cream became very soft by the time we cut the cake.Gelatin helps to stabilise the frosting.
* Add the icing gels in a short piece of fondant and knead softly until the gel is incorporated completely.
* Tried adding shades to roses,marbling effect-referred this video link.
* Always keep your fondant wrapped in cling wrap,If your fondant dries up.Add a tbsp of water.If your fondant is sticky add powdered sugar or corn starch or corn syrup.
* Usually gum paste is added to the colored fondant to prevent sticking,I haven't used that.
* You can use store brought cake mix to make the cake too.

Enjoy the yummy cake:)


PS: The round up of last month's EP Series -Curry leaves or Dry red chillies is posted here,please visit Poonam's space for details and Congrats to all the winners :)

60 comments:

Shailaja Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent cake. Congrats... :)

Neha said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome looking cake....would love to have a bite...

Teena Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...thts a great attempt Julie!! Cake looks really yummy! I also use the same kind of recipe for fondant :) Waiting to see more of your creative fondant designs!

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and great work Julie. Roses came out so good and cute.

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

Super yummy cake.. Can I have a slice

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Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Your first attempt is so amazing. I am impressed!

Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

You done awesome job Julie, beautiful cake. Your better half will be very happy.

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderfully made it Julie, I can guess how much busy you are today dear. Seeing your excellently decorated cake, I am just spell bound. Happy Birthday to your husband.

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

What a nice cake to bake on hubby's birthday. And the cake decoration is very neatly done. I am sure it would have won a lot of appreciation and maybe some diamonds? :-)

Jemini said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome!!! very nice decoration

Premalatha Aravindhan said... Best Blogger Tips

wow Beautiful deco,delicious cake...

Sebeena Loyd said... Best Blogger Tips

thats a lovely one dear

Suryaprabha Parthasarathy said... Best Blogger Tips

B'day wishes to him!! Wonderful cake for spl occasion.. Just perfect!! The cake looks so gorgeous!!

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Vidhya Viju Govind said... Best Blogger Tips

cool julie..good job.....am sure hubby dear loved it.nothn compares to a home baked n decorated bday cake...

Vidhya Viju Govind said... Best Blogger Tips

cool julie..good job.....am sure hubby dear loved it.nothn compares to a home baked n decorated bday cake...

Ola said... Best Blogger Tips

beatiful! I am sure your husband would like it a lot!

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What's Baking?? said... Best Blogger Tips

well done. You did it n it looks good. happy bday hub.

Vandana Rajesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved those pink roses, the cake looks so inviting with the white outside and the brown chocolate cake inside. Perfect!!

Vimitha Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeously done cake... Belated wishes to your hubby...

PT said... Best Blogger Tips

happy birthday to your husband :) awesome cake..

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

this cake looks so pretty and i want to grab a piece.the fondant surely takes it a notch higher.

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and mouthwatering cake. Excellent preparation.
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Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and mouthwatering cake. Excellent preparation.
Deepa

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, happy birthday to your beloved other half. very nice looking fondants, congrats for the great achievement. have a nice day

Beena.stephy said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and beautiful cake

Renuka said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohhh! WOW Julie.. that's fantastic.. can't believe its ur first attempt! This looks SO good!

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome cake Julie...can't believe it's your first attempt at fondant...
Belated Birthday wishes to your husband

Farah Saleem azeez said... Best Blogger Tips

looks lovely julie! good try! the roses look perfect...

Divya Pramil said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow just look at the cake!! How pretty it looks :) Reflects your love for your hubby well!! :) Lovely cake Julie :)

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DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful cake, Julie.. Great job!!
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Swasthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie! such a good work.Amazing! looks superb

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice cake!!! Helpful stepwise

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Chocolate Shavings said... Best Blogger Tips

What a pretty cake - great job with the fondant!

Shweta in the Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly made Fondant cake, surely made ur hubby very happy :)

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Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful and delicious cake...

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm already drooling..looks delicious.great work dear...

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful cake looks wonderful

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

That is such a stunning cake Julie! And so professionally done too :)

Sharans Samayalarai said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow !! great attempt... cake looks super delicious :)

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misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful ale Julie... Great work..loved ur roses. How long did it taken2 finish the cake ?

Asiya Baig said... Best Blogger Tips

Look great for your frist attempt...fondant is nice and smooth and the roses are perfectly done!

Leelagovind said... Best Blogger Tips

such a great job julie!superb pretty home made b'day cake for your hubby!!

Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

Your first attempt at fondant cake looks fabulous Julie! The roses are perfect and I love the freeform dots. Bet that was the best birthday present :))

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

A perfect cake and amazing fondant decorations. Simply amazing.

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

Kollao Julie kutty :-) Thanks for trying out the recipe from my blog
:-)

I loved those roses!!! Your hubby n kids must have been so happy....me too ;-)

Regards,
Manju

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Great work dear,looks so perfect and love those roses,adipoli dear, B'day wishes to your hubby.

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Belated B'day wishes to your hus..Beautiful looking cake..

Priyas Feast said... Best Blogger Tips

Pretty cake..Happy Birthday to ur lucky husband :)

Jaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

looks colourful and tempting julie

princesscindyrina.blogspot.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, not only it look beautiful from the outside but the inside look moist and delicious too!

Rekha said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome and excellent cake..
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Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome job gal... this is one fab cake.. happy birthday wishes to your husband...

Biny Anoop said... Best Blogger Tips

hey artistic chef dats yum

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx everyone for your sweet comments & wishes,have conveyed your wishes to hubby:)

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Great fondant cake; good on you!

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb effort. Your husband must have been very proud of you. It looks very difficult to do.

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Payal Singhal said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks awesome! Great Job!

Priyanka Verma said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome juile ..nice fondant cake

Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh dear, you have done an excellent job! Looks gorgeous!

Rita Bose said... Best Blogger Tips

Cake looks so delicious,Julie! I wish I had found your blog earlier! It is lovely! :)
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