Last week I made plans, cake decorating plans. With Zoe's birthday party coming up very shortly I needed to practice my cake decorating skills to make sure that I can manage the vision I have in my mind. So last week I planned out a special cake to practice all the techniques I will need for Zoe's cake. On Sunday when I baked the Violet Crumble cupcakes I also baked a 6" chocolate cake, wrapped it up and popped into the freezer so that it would be ready to go.
Then on Monday night once little miss Z went to bed I cracked open the fondant and got busy!
May I present to you Clive - The Red Deer. I used modeling fondant to make a model of Clive and at first it freaked me out because the fondant dries so quickly, but by the end of it I was definitely having fun.
On Tuesday I got the cake out of the freezer so it could defrost. I then made up a batch of vanilla Swiss meringue butter cream and filled and coated the cake. Then I popped the cake into the fridge to set. Later that night once little miss Z went to bed I covered the cake in fondant and did a little decoration, to end up with this...
My very first fondant covered cake and fondant sculpture. Now I know that it is by no means perfect, but isn't it just so cute?!
I especially enjoyed putting the polka dots around the side of cake and rolling up those little balls of fondant - that was fun!
And in case you are wondering I needed long pieces of wire to hold up Clive's antlers they go from the tip of the antlers right down through his head - poor Clive!
Since this cake is just a practice run I thought it would best if I got a sliced photo, you know - for you, the readers.
And now that it is sliced I better try some... yummy!
Now that I kind of know what I am doing with this - next time I will take in progress shots for y'all!