Just finished the air force cake i was asked to do. My customer gave me creative freedom with this one, she just wanted to make sure i incorporated the logo.
the cake was chocolate - chocolate chip with peanut butter icing...i also threw some reese's cups in between the layers....they are big reese's cup fans ;)
once the cake was iced with the peanut butter frosting, it was time to roll out the fondant. Rolling out fondant is pretty self explanatory, make sure to prep your surface to avoid sticking. i usually use powdered sugar, some people use cornstarch/shortening; if its too sticky i add more powdered sugar, it works for me. once you've rolled out the fondant transfer it to your cake using this technique (i couldn't do it and take a picture of myself at the same time, so look at this random lady do it, lol)
at this step you may see lumps and bumps, if you have a fondant smoother don't worry, that thing fixes everything! its my favorite thing ever
i use my hands to work the fondant down the sides, if you have overlaps like i always do take your time and lift them up and smooth them down, do this until they're gone
there's my buddy mr. fondant smoother! rub that on all bumps and around the edges to give you a nice smooth surface
for the air force logo, i printed a template out on card stock paper and cut out the overall shape....i rolled out some satin ice pre-colored blue fondant and placed my card stock template over it. i used my rolling pin and pressed the paper template into the fondant. when i lifted it up, i had perfect guidelines of where to cut. i did this with white fondant as well for the insides of the logo...i used a sharp non serrated knife to cut the logo out
i wanted to add thin rings to the sides of the cake so i just picked 2 of my billions of circular cutters and cut some rings out...i let them harden slightly before putting them on the cake so they would keep their shape
i placed 2 rows of the rings, really simple design element but it makes a big difference :)next, i cut the lettering and placed it on the cake....i stick all decorations to cakes using water
here's how it turned out!
here's how it turned out!
****Peanut butter frosting recipe****
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup cream
- In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in 1/2 of the confectioner's sugar. Mix in 1/4 cup of the cream. Beat in the remaining confectioners' sugar. If necessary, add a little more cream or milk until the frosting reaches a good spreading consistency. Makes enough to frost one 2 layer 9 inch cake or one 9x13 inch cake.