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