Spring cake

Apr 08, 2010

I made this cake for a combined birthday/Easter dinner our family had. The only new thing I tried in terms of  technique was making a carrot cake from scratch, and that part of it turned out really well. (Thanks for a great recipe, Cindy!) Otherwise all the decorations were made out of marshmallow fondant similar to the Canada Day cake I posted before. Originally I wanted to make  a big carrot coming out of the green base with edible dirt around it, but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it and make it look interesting – maybe I’ll think of a clever way for my next carrot cake. In the absence of a coherent substitute plan, it ended up being a combination of a few different ideas. I’m not sure how much sense it made; my guess is that a bird would know better than to build a nest on a stump, but either way, it was fun to make, and very spring-y

For all of you who have tried covering a cake in fondant, I’m sure some of you are like me and have a hard time getting the sides smooth. I’m not good at that at all, I always get big creases when I press the fondant onto the icing. To circumvent this problem, I plan cakes with little add-ons that I can use to cover the sides, in this case grass and bark; that way I can practice making it smooth, and then cover up all my mistakes. I’d like to think I’m getting better at making the fondant smooth, but this one was particularly bad under the grass.  I have to say I was very pleased with how smooth the top of the grass part was, it was almost a shame to cover it with a stump!

3 Comments

AndreaApril 8, 2010 5:46 am

How cute!! You are both so talented. I’d love to know how you got into cake decorating. It’s always been a dream of mine to do what you do. I’m currently mastering cupcake decorating, but have attempted a few cakes for my nephew’s birthdays (with some success). Any chance you’ll share your marshmallow fondant recipe? Can’t wait to see more works of icing art soon!

Lisa April 23 2010 00:04 am

Thanks so much for commenting! You can definitely do cakes if you can do cupcakes - I find them harder personally - and the great thing about baking is that we can have fun decorating and trying new things, and even if it doesn't quite turn out as we wanted, everyone still love eating it, so you can't go too wrong!

For fondant, I coat the bottom of a bowl with shortening, add a couple cups of marshmallows, about a tsp of water, clear butter and clear vanilla flavouring, then melt it (either in the microwave in 30 second intervals, or on the stove over a pot of boiling water). Then I add icing sugar until it's the right consistency, and kneed it out. I have little tricks that I've found work well for me, so if you have any problems let me know and hopefully between Steph and I we've made that mistake before, and found a way around it.

Steph, how do you make it? You usually have better luck with covering your cakes, so maybe your recipe is better.

kaleighApril 3, 2012 10:14 pm

hi. cute cake..maybe try crushed oreos for your edible dirt. i just put a few in a ziplock and roll away. the bag may break if you push too hard. good luck!

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