Minnie Mouse birthday cake for little Amanda
Apart from being a designer, I am a baker. I've been baking since I was 3 years old (with the help of my mother of course). I became interested in cake design a couple of years ago and decided to give fondant cakes a whirl. I've never taken a class but I am a perfectionist, and I ALWAYS figure out how to make things look perfect (even if that means working on something for days).
Now that i have my own blog i will take photos of the process that I go through in designing these cakes, that way you can try too! Its not as hard as it looks.
When it comes to fondant, I prefer to buy pre-made. I think its because I'm lazy! Also, when I'm baking for a job, there is a time limit so I don't have time to mess up. My favorite fondant to work with is Satin Ice. The flavor is FAR superior to anything Wilton has out. Most of the time, fondant is just for "pretty" and not for its flavor. Satin Ice almost has a marshmallow-y taste. If you do buy Wilton (available at Michaels and Walmart), I suggest adding flavoring to it.
Nobody has to know you didn't make it from scratch (which i have done by the way...tedious!)
Now on to this cake! I only had white fondant in the house when I got this Minnie Mouse job. You know what that means! Kneading coloring into the fondant, ugh. I HATE doing this, again I'm lazy! ;) Usually I force my boyfriend (hi Pablo!)to do so. His hands are a lot stronger than mine so he gets the job done A LOT faster. Unfortunately, he was not available and I had to do all of the hard work myself.
Here's a link for adding color to fondant. Its from Wilton's site (didn't I just diss their product 2 seconds ago?? Oops!) - http://www.wilton.com/decorating/fondant/coloring-fondant.cfm
Pre-made fondant is easy to use, take it out of the bucket and roll it out! It really is that easy. I use powdered sugar to avoid the fondant sticking to my work surface. Once the fondant is transferred to the smoothly iced cake, I use my fondant smoother (google it, epic tool!) to smooth out any bumps. All that's left is decorating!
I rolled out white fondant and cut out some polka dots (just like Minnie's dress). I made the ears out of melted chocolate. I poured it on some wax paper and sprinkled black sugar. Next placed the chocolate discs into the fridge to harden. I wrapped ribbon around the base of the cakes because I had some boo boos, but guess what? Nobody can tell so don't stress boo boos, they can always be covered.
When it comes to the cupcakes i dipped the iced cupcakes into hot pink sugar and used chocolate pieces (the kind you use to make chocolate lollipops). They are the perfect size for making Minnie's silhouette.
Next time i PROMISE to have step by step photos. Hope you enjoyed my first mess of a post haha :)
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