Before heading out to the lovely Wilton Workshop (that we were facebooking and tweeting about non-stop a few weeks back), my daughter made me promise that upon my return we would make some cake for her class party at school. NOT A PROBLEM! So, while at the ridiculous-giant-amazing Wilton tent sale, I snagged a bunch of fun pans, one of which was this popsicle mini cake pan.
These are perfect for playing with fondant! I had used fondant once before, to create a ridiculous over-the-top cake for Scarlet’s Circus First Birthday, and I think I was too ambitious and scared myself off of fondant for a few years. Well, after getting some basic instruction at the workshop, I was newly excited to dig in for some fondant fun, as was Scarlet. It really is a blast to do with your kids. You might even call it edible play dough? Wait, play doug is edible isn’t it? Well fondant tastes better. Let me show you how we made a different kind of cake pop and some fondant basics after the jump…
Fun with Fondant
Love this pan.
So we baked up some box-mix chocolate cakes in our new pan.
Sliced off the tops.
And ate ‘em.
Then we whipped up a batch of Jacinda’s Evil Buttercream Icing. Scarlet always sifts the sugar.
And eats some of it.
So you need to seal your cake with buttercream, but also it just tastes much better and stays moist. I put each cake on an individual piece of parchment paper to make it easier to move them later on.
Ice your cake up with a medium consistency icing. Try to retain the shape. Let it dry and form a crust for at least 30 minutes or so. A fan helps speed it up.
Now for the fondant! You could make your own fondant, but why? It’s a pain. We used Wilton rolled fondant. You can get various colors, which we used, but we also wanted some brown. Actually we wanted blackish, for a chocolate look, but I ran out of black after those insane fiesta cookies, so we used brown for a caramel look. Actually, Scarlet called it peanut butter. You can also add vanilla or another flavoring to the fondant if you want, but we didn’t. So roll a ball of fondant and poke it with a toothpick with gel coloring on it.
Kneed it until the color is uniform.
Then roll it out. I used a fondant rolling mat and fondant rolling pin. You can roll your fondant on a regular mat with a regular rolling pin, but it might get sticky, so have some powdered sugar on hand to dust it with.
Lift your fondant and drape it over your cake.
Push the edge gently with the side of your hands. Curves and corners take a little practice, but it’s not hard.
Then cut the excess. I used a fondant cutter. I like this tool because it has a few different plastic “blades” that can create different edge patterns.
Later we cut a rectangle of white to look like an ice cream center. To attach two pieces of fondant, just brush one piece with water and stick the other on. You can use your fingertip with water, or a brush.
We added popsicle sticks by poking them through the bottom.
They don’t have to be perfect to be totally awesome. It’s CAKE! Don’t stress it!
Scarlet wanted to add sparkles to the cake she was making for her dad, so I gave her some wilton shimmer dust and a brush. You just brush it on dry and it sticks. Look at that concentration!
We also used a floral garland cutter/ejector set (it’s basically a craft punch for fondant) to make little birds and butterflies. A masterpiece right?
Give fondant a try! You’ll totally be glad you did.