Sweet Ambition

It was just supposed to be a rainbow cake. But I couldn’t let my woeful decorating skills ruin the overall effect so I decided to venture into fondant. And no premade ready to roll fondant- I was going to make it myself.

The cake was easy. Two boxes of cake mix (I should have used white cake, but the gluten free kind is hydrogentated oil and other nasty ingredients free, so I forfeited perfect white cake for health) separated into 6 equal portions:

add coloring:

add the first level of batter to each cake pan:

with a careful hand, spread the next level of cake batter on top – trying to spread evenly but not mix the colors.

bake the cake as directed (350 for 20 min did it for me).

And now the fondant. 2 cups marshmallows, 2 tbsp water – microwave 20 sec. Stir. Remicrowave another 20 sec. Stir. Add copious amounts of powdered sugar (4 cups) until forms a ball. Ball pictured is NOT finished in terms of consistency – I kneaded in maybe 1/4 cup more powdered sugar after this picture.

Place ball on working surface and roll to desired thickness and diameter. (To find diameter, measure across top of cake, and the sides – add together.) This was the only part that was difficult. Once I got the fondant to the right consistency it rolled out easy as pie – but it kept sticking to the mat. I reballed abd rerolled it several times, coating the ball, the rolling pin and the mat with powdered sugar. The final time, I covered the ball and the rolling pin with powdered sugar, but I coated the mat with crisco. I made sure it didn’t get too thick, and it lifted just as easy as I could have hoped for.

Hang or roll fondant across rolling pin to move it from the mat to the cake (which is covered with buttercream icing), lay it on top, smooth the tops and sides and trim the excess.

so smooth and pretty. Too bad I have to mar it with my decorating skillz

The finished product:

And the inside:

So pretty.

And it tasted really good too – not waxy like most fondant cakes. I can’t wait for the next birthday or occasion so I can practice my cake making!


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6 Responses to Sweet Ambition

  1. Drumski says:

    It was delicious….and I have had very bad experiences with “designer” cakes.

  2. Becca says:

    FANTASTIC!! And I LOVE your decorating, what are you talking about? Also, I love that you stuck with ROY G BIV order. Well done. Now I want to make a cake for no reason at all!

  3. gpforr says:

    Loved your cake decorations and the video of Issy is terrific. We had so much fun visiting you and your family.
    Aunt Gayle

  4. That is beautiful. The colors inside are soooo pretty. 🙂

  5. Sarah says:

    LOVE this– how cool! I am maybe going to try this for Jack’s b-day (or at least insist that the bakery follow ROY G BIV for me 🙂

  6. LL says:

    Wow that is awesome. I’m inspired. Well maybe not inspired enough to actually attempt it- I made cupcakes for my son’s 2nd birthday 8 months ago and still feel all home-baked out, but inspired in a general way 🙂 It looks just beautiful.

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