Yesterday I attended a baby shower for one of my closest friends, and I was also responsible for the cake. So today I’m just sharing a few tips on making and decorating a fondant cake.
I’m definitely not an expert, as this is only the third time I’ve used fondant, but you do see progression quickly the more practice you have. I decided to bake a vanilla sponge as everybody generally likes that flavour. My go to recipe is always the ‘Easy vanilla sponge‘ from BBC Good Food! I’m a little obsessed with all the recipes on that site to be honest!
I made and 18cm and a 25cm cake, and as my friend is having a girl, I also used a lot of pink! 🙂 the design took me a long time to decide as there are so many great ideas out there, but I just combined a few aspects from the best cakes I found on Pinterest.
I also followed a YouTube video for how to make the elephants. (YouTube has all the answers guys). handling icing is not to hard, but the problem is that it hardens very quickly, so you must work quite fast! The same applies for when rolling out the large piece of fondant for covering the cakes. It has to be the same thickness all round if possible, and vital that you work your way from the top to the bottom to smooth it down. I decided on the bunting decoration as it is relatively simple to do and yet still looks very pretty. Buttercream helped me to add some final touches, such as the lettering, bows and decoration on the bunting flags. A little dusting of edible glitter also completed the look. I know it is a little shaky, but for a third time in doing this I am still proud I could pull it off.
The whole day was really lovely, we played games such as pin the dummy on the baby, blindfolded nappy changing and got to ooo and ahh over the gorgeous gifts. There was also, lots of cake to eat, not just mine but coffee cake, vanilla sponge, cupcakes and so much more.
I hope you enjoyed this post, if you would like a step, by step guide let me know!