It’s throwback Thursday!
Today I thought I would throwback to one of my first fondant covered cakes!
Earlier this year I started attending a cake decorating course at a local community college run by a fabulous cake decorator with decades of experience.
While I felt confident with using butter creams and the like, it was a whole different story with fondant and royal icing.
I had never really worked with it, but was keen to develop my skills.
As a part of the class we were required to create a fruit cake, then cover it with fondant.
It was then decorated using the skills we were taught across eight weeks.
It included everything from piping dots, to creating fondant roses, leaves and basket weaves.
The cake pictured isn’t the first cake I covered in fondant.
The first one was a sky blue two-tier (square and round) with white royal icing details including roses and cornelli lace work.
Sadly, I haven’t been able to locate a photo of it.
Wanting to continue my skills, I volunteered to create a cake for my cousin’s son’s first birthday not long after the course.
I really wanted to create a memorable cake for him.
Given his father loves to fly helicopters, I thought it would be the perfect theme for his cake.
Not wanting to go too overboard with designs, I scoped the Internet for some ideas and decided to create a three-tier chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.
It was covered in sky blue fondant before being covered with cartoon style clouds.
Once my ‘sky’ was complete, I set to work with the help of my partner to create a helicopter and aeroplane cake topper.
It went down a treat!
Many people couldn’t believe how big I made the cake given it was just for a first birthday.
But it was a big bash with around 70 people.
It left plenty of cake for people to take home and enjoy.
The photos giveaway some of the imperfections in the fondant, but in all, I was still very happy given it was only my second attempt!
I am getting better each time I do it.
I think the design goes to show that you can still create cake with some ‘wow’ factor without going crazy with the design.
I have a feeling I will be sticking with the KISS principal (Keep It Simple Stupid) for my future designs.
The bonus, apart from the great feedback, was that I have been entrusted with creating a flamingo theme cake for another cousin’s 30th.
Let the baking continue!