The Fondant Trials Part 2: Go Go Godzilla

So I’ve been meaning to get this post up for awhile. But then May happened. If you’re in the nursery industry, this is basically Garm-ah-geddon. (Props to my ex co-worker Jose for coining that term) Although it’s almost a week into June, I’m still reeling from all the fun and all the madness of the busiest month in my year.

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But I’m so excited, so excited to share this cake with you guys. You’ll know from my previous entry about fondant that I had a lot of concerns about working with this substance, despite many years of baking experimentation.

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I was so happy with how this cake turned out. Both the final product, and also how much fun the process was for my eight year old niece and my six year old nephew (the birthday boy).

They are both artistic, like their parents, and they were so excited to help with the cake. I really enjoy projects like this that kids can participate in and feel ownership of and pride in their handiwork.

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They cut out blue skyscrapers and flames (with supervision) and painted the windows and doors themselves.

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Because I didn’t have my Kitchen-Aid mixer with me, I had to knead the fondant by hand. (Rather than cheating with my dough hook). This was fine. I just Crisco-ed up my hands really good. It took a bit longer, and it definitely took some muscle but the consistency was as good as the first batch.

I had a little trouble when I went to drape the first layer of white over the cake, but I think this was because I was excited and rushed it a bit. I had taken my time before, and it was fine. You just have to go slow and be careful of how the fondant drapes. Luckily for me, we were applying skyscrapers to the outside, so the less than perfect seams didn’t show in the end.

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The Fondant Trials

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Just want to share a little adventure I had over this past weekend. I’ve never been particularly interested in exploring fondant. I’m generally more intrigued by cakes like this or this. Taste and texture are the two things I care about most when it comes to cake. And the rumors I’d heard of rubbery fondant just turned me off.

That said, when you’re adorable six-year old nephew asks for a Godzilla cake like this. Then one realizes it’s time to branch out.

I looked around the web and decided on marshmallow fondant for my first efforts. People seemed to have good results with it and the ingredients were cheaper!  I went with this recipe because contrary to all the other gloom and doom intimidation tutorials, she was the only one who said to have fun with it. I knew this lady was my kind of baker. After all why else do we do this?

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Gentle Reader. This fondant tastes great! Like candy-coated cake. And as my husband pointed out, “If you can make pie crust, why are you afraid of fondant?” Indeed. And the best part is you can’t overwork it…so ‘easier than pie’ to say the least!

 

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