February 7, 2010
Well, this is a quick note on fondant’s and cakes and kids birthday parties. I had a rather intense order last weekend for a series of cakes for a 1 year old birthday party. The project was to have four cakes roughly 6″ x 6″ x 6″ decorated to look like building blocks, each topped with an adorable fondant figure. The enterprise was ambitious given my very full week but turned out rather well, all things told. My friend H did all the fondant rolling and making– he’s a wizard is all I’ll say– each of these figures is made so that their heads turn. I’m not sure what I think about fondant: it rolls beautifully but its not very tasty.
The bear is definitely my favourite. We decorated the sides of the cakes with bubble gum balls, chocolate graham crackers, tractor gummies and goldfish. For the flavourings, I made a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling, a vanilla cake with lemon creme filling, an espresso cake with cappuccino creme filling and my favourite, a vanilla cake with chocolate apricot swirls and an apricot jam filling. Each cake was about four layers tall and frosted with swiss meringue buttercream. (These pictures were taken in the garage at the home where we delivered the cakes– we did last minute touch ups after the harrowing ride from Brooklyn to New Jersey. )