June 05, 2019

Photos: How I made a fondant covered white and gold birthday cake with edible ribbons

Blast from the past!  Just for fun, I decided to look up some old posts that were dated around June 5/6 (since tonight is June 5th).  This one from 2008 is such a trip down memory lane!  Remember, I do not usually bake cakes; family birthdays perhaps and I certainly don't really know how to decorate them.  But I've been one to say "I can do that!" and then I do.

That's how I did this cake - which was one of my first forays into fondant.  Like usual, I didn't know what I was doing, but I had an idea in my head and just kept doing 'stuff' to make it look like what I had imagined.

This was one of two cakes I made for a birthday party we were traveling to.  It was my grandmother and my father-in-laws birthdays and my brother was hosting a family get-together at their home with both birthday bodies invited.  They each deserved their own cakes, so this is the one I made for my grandmother. It proves anyone cake make and decorate cakes!  Just give it a try!

Reposting today - it's a blast from the past - 2008!!

One Cake Done and One to Go

This weekend we are going to be celebrating two very important birthdays... both my FIL and my Grandmother are turning the big 8-0. Yep - 80 years old! And I volunteered to bring dessert. I decided to do a white cake for one and a chocolate cake for the other thereby giving them each their own cakes but also satisfying the crowd pleasing "both" options of chocolate and vanilla cakes.

I used the same white cake recipe that I used for both my girls birthday cakes as I love the flavor, the texture, and how it holds up to decorating.

After a thin layer of buttercream icing I put the cake in the freezer while I prepared the fondant.

I flavored the fondant with a bit of almond extract and got busy rolling, rolling, rolling....

Once the cake was covered I used the buttercream icing to decorate it.

I had NO IDEA what I was doing or how to do it... but I had a 'general' idea in my head of what I wanted to accomplish so I just went with the flow and this is what I ended up with.

I used more fondant to make 'bows' and left them to dry and harden.

This morning I had to be up at 5:30 am to wake the kids for weight lifting class so I made some icing cement (thick royal icing) and attached the bows to the top of the cake.

Now let's see how it travels! We have three hours to the first house, overnight, 1 hour to the next house in the morning before finally traveling 1 more hour that evening to the place where the double birthday parties are being held.

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