I MADE this cake - no lie!! I've never tried fondont before - it seemed hard to work with, plus the idea that it sits in a box on the store shelf grossed me out, plus that box costs way to much for my cheapness. So I just figured I wouldn't do fondont, even though it always looks great. Then I got sucked in to the Make-A-Cake series on Make It and Love It. Some craft blog posts I glaze over as I read them - these posts, I was hanging on every word, rereading the posts to make sure I didn't miss anything. Brittany made me think I could actually make a cake that looked pretty. She made it look so doable!! And so I did it! Not bad for a first try, right??
All fondont is: melted marshmellows kneaded together with powdered sugar and a little crisco - who knew. As I made the cake I thought of my friend Aimee who's been taking all those cake classes at Michael's - of course I'm jealous of that kind of fun. I also thought of my friend Kristine as I kneaded and kneaded the color into my fondont - that was a lot of work! And Kristine kneads all the time - she doesn't have a stand mixer - I was feeling her pain (does anyone know if you can make fondont in a mixer? maybe I should try it!)
I cut swirls into it using a knife. Not sure if that's a normal "technique" or not but I liked it. I cut the flower pedals with a circle cutter, then cut the 2 sides and left the middle shaped as an uppercase "I" as shown and then stuck them on by wetting the back with a little water:
It was great fun - - you know you're a crazy crafter when you request to make your own birthday cake for the fun of making it. And you know when you're getting older when you beg for Corelle dishes as a gift (when we were first married and bought dishes I remember saying "I don't care, as long as it's not that Corelle stuff" - oh how times change!). But they're still fun, even if they are functional.
Head on over to that Cake Series and see if it inspires you - it did me!