Graduation Day cake for Little Angels School
My cousin who used to work as a Mobile Sales Consultant at Bestbuy, (now a Writer for tech/gadget website, Tech Crunch) and at the same time, appeared in 2 tvcs for BB just celebrated his birthday and grad party over the weekend. Since he’s a mobile enthusiast, I thought it would be a great idea to bake him an Iphone-inspired fondant cake. I didn’t get the chance to put all the details on the cake like some of the apps on the screen, but it was such a big hit! I made it with everyone’s all-time favorite: Red Velvet with Cinnamon Vanilla Cream Cheese frosting.
(Lilies, Primrose and Apple Blossom) on a Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate filling and Chocolate Buttercream Icing.
Prior to baking the actual cake, I had to prepare the flowers 3 days ahead of time. Ideally, it takes 4-5 days for the Royal Icing to dry out especially with the Lilies (in yellow with stamen). Since fondant cakes are the most popular in cake decorating, I rarely see royal icing flower design nowadays. Flower design is a good option for iced cakes, especially those who are not into fondant. Yes, fondant doesn’t taste as good as the iced ones but its clean/neat looking appearance is a plus! You might be surprised, some cake decorators who make fondant cakes are not so good in making flowers (or doesn’t even know how to make it). I know one! Lol
I love Cupcakes. Few of my favorite flavors come to life: Banana with Hazelnut Frosting, Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting topped with Choco and PB chips, and Chocolate Cupcake with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting. DELICIOSO!!!
Baked to perfection, always drizzled with L-O-V-E.
MY FIRST ATTEMPT TO FONDANT
For my first post, I will share some thoughts on my first time. But before you think about anything else, I’m talking about my first time to bake and my first attempt to fondant. Yes, I was that confident (rather challenged) that I tried to do fondant right away having no background or experience in Culinary Arts nor Pastry and Baking. I was patient enough to read and watch videos online for a few days before I put on my pastry chef hat. I know nothing about cakes. I don’t know why you put baking soda or salt when you bake and for what purpose. I never baked (or attempted to bake) until my sister asked me to make an Iron Man themed birthday cake for my favorite nephew.
Couple weeks before my nephew’s birthday (sometime in January), I attempted to bake my first cake ever. I needed to practice and at least know if I can really do it. Kneading the fondant and attaching it to the cake is probably the hardest part of the process. The fondant would tear apart each time I attempt to put it on. After more than 3 hours of perseverance in the kitchen, I finally made it! I was very happy with the outcome. Not as perfect as the ones you see on TV but better than most amateur first timers like me.
I showed the cake to my sister and to my nephew the practice cake I made for them to taste. My nephew overly ecstatic! He was fascinated with it! He just want to stare at it and told me not to cut a slice. Delicious too! Not bad for a first-timer! :)
Theme: Iron Man
Flavor: Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream frosting topped with Marshmallow Fondant