Monday, 24 March 2014

Spiderman - Themed Cake

Birthday is a special day, especially when it is little children's birthday. Lighting of candles, singing the birthday song and cutting the sweet birthday cake are the common things included in a birthday celebration. 
 People make birthday cakes according to the likes, of the birthday person. Small kids mostly like birthday cakes designed with their favorite fictional characters. One of such characters liked by children is Spiderman. Spiderman is one of the most famous superhero known all across the world. 



Here is a birthday cake made for two little cuties,



Ruth & Zac, who likes Super heroes - 


Spider man 


 Its a Chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache, butter cream and fondant covered. 



WISHING YOU BOTH A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


Love you :)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

How to make fondant with marshmallow (Simple & Cheaper)

MARSHMALLOW FONDANT RECIPE


  • 1 package (16 ounces) white mini or big marshmallow take marshmallow according to how much you need  for your cake and theme
  • 2-5 tablespoons water
  • 2 pounds (about 8 cups) sifted confectioners' sugar or more (icing sugar)
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening (for greasing, Crisco you will find in lulu ghee and dalda area)
  • Vanilla essence – u can add flavors of ur choice 1tsp
Note: Melted marshmallow is very sticky. Grease the utensils, your counter and hands well with shortening.

To make marshmallow fondant, place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high to 1 minute; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving  until melted . Place solid vegetable shortening in easily accessed bowl so you can reach into it with fingers as you are working. Grease hands and counter generously.
 Place 3/4 of the confectioners' sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavoring can be added at this point if desired. Turn marshmallow mixture onto counter. Slowly add in the confectioners' sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a  sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.
Continue kneading, adding additional confectioners' sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn't stick. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.

Allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.

When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.

Pictorial Presentation of the recipe:








 Storing: Do not store the fondant in the fridge. It will get moist and spoil. Keep it dry. As long as you keep it dry it will last almost forever.Fondant can be stored outside in room temperature in an airtight container or wrap it in wax paper or foil, or plastic wrap. It has self life of one to two years.  




 Store it in a dry place. 



Thursday, 6 March 2014

Toadstool / Mushroom Themed Birthday Cake


How cute is this!? I wish I could have someone make me this cake for my birthday.



Girly birthday cakes are much more fun to make! The colors are vibrant, red,pink, yellow, green! Loved it. Here's another one for the collection
A Toadstool Birthday Cake made for our  friend's daughter ALEENA, who is celebrating her 12th birthday. This is my favorite .


WISHING YOU  VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALEENA...


As I mentioned earlier, that I am not a great cake decorator. So when making children’s novelty cake, I am truly out of my depth. I have no idea how I made it. Thank God, as things often do, it turned out well. 


For the cake, I baked 3 chocolate cake sponges in two different sized bowls.Two cakes, in 6’’ round cake pan and one in a medium sized dome pan, which I used as the top.  Once I baked the round cakes, I cut it  from the middle with a round cake ring.  Then I layered the cakes and put the butterscotch frosting as filling in between. I iced both cakes separately with a generous helping of butter icing and allowed it to “set” in the fridge before proceeding with the decorating as I wanted the cakes to be nice and firm to work with. I used fondant for decorating the whole cake.  


Wow, she shouted “Toadstool Cake”, the minute she saw it, and I saw the biggest smile when I delivered the cake. I have to say, even I was very impressed with my efforts.



*Smiles*

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