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making peace with fondant

my friend R’s birthday is coming up.  it’s the X anniversary of either her 21st or 25th birthday. she’s hosting a PINK party.  to help her celebrate the occasion, i decided to make her a two-tier pink fondant cake covered with one hundred white flowers.

now, i have a love-hate relationship with fondant: love the way it looks, hate the way it tastes.  i don’t think i’ll ever learn to like eating fondant (it’s way too sweet). But, it really is an excellent substance for preserving the moistness of cake while you’re decorating, and it’s arguably easier to transport than a buttercream iced cake.  so there you have it.  girl who hates eating fondant, making fondant.

there are all sorts of places that sell ready-made fondant.  it’s not cheap!  a small little package enough to cover a 8  x 2 inch  round cake goes for $7.  plus, i don’t trust it.  the stuff looks like its been sitting around for longer than a twinkie.  even if you don’t eat fondant, do you really want shelf-stable fondant anywhere near your food?

fondant is easy enough to make.  you just have to remember to make it a few days in advance.  it needs time to relax and set.  you also have to get your hands on some glycerine and corn syrup OR glucose.   sur la table carries glycerine.  you can find glucose at ny cake but corn syrup works just as well.  i swear they used to carry it at my local whole foods but suddenly it just disappeared.  i guess john mackey or someone close to his philosophy had a heart attack when they saw that very processed food product there. the rest of the ingredients in fondant are fairly common.

Colette’s Rolled Fondant
(enough to cover 1 nine-inch cake or 2 six-inch cakes)

Gelatin 1 tbsp
Cold Water 60g
Glucose or Corn Syrup 170g
Glycerine 1 ½ tbsp
Powdered Sugar 900 g (you likely will not need all of it)
  1. Mix gelatin with cold water.  Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. While waiting for gelatin to dissolve, measure out the glucose and glycerine.  The way to do so is to pour the glucose and glycerine into a piece of plastic wrap set a top of a bowl.  You can then just pick up the plastic, cut open the bottom and squeeze the glucose out of the plastic wrap.
  3. Set the bowl of your stand mixer over a water bath, and add the gelatin into the bowl. Stir the gelatin around and allow it to warm up.  Do not let it boil, as it will really smell.   The gelatin is at the right temperature when it feels just warm to the touch.
  4. Add in the glucose and glycerine, and stir around.
  5. Take the bowl off the heat and fit it into the stand mixer with the paddle attachment on the lowest speed.
  6. Start adding in about 2/3 of the powdered sugar.
  7. The stand mixer will only get you so far.  When you start noticing that the mixture isn’t getting any better combined, transfer the fondant onto a clean surface dusted with powdered sugar.
  8. Continue to knead the fondant by hand, slowly adding in more powdered sugar to reduce the stickiness of the fondant. Depending on the humidity of your area, you may not need all the powdered sugar.  I usually use around 750g of powdered sugar, rather than all 900g.
  9. The fondant is ready when it’s soft to the touch and elastic,  but not sticky.  Wrap the fondant in plastic and let it rest at room temperature for 1-2 days before using.

our wedding cake. . . one year later

IMG_2370 we celebrated our first anniversary last night by unwrapping the top of our wedding cake that had been sitting in the freezer for the past 365 days.  not knowing what to expect, i was delightfully surprised that the cake remained well…um intact with fondant calla lilies and all. the cake itself, was a chocolate mousse cake.  surprisingly it tasted fantastic, especially after having sat around for a year! i did notice, however, that the reason it tasted so good probably had to do with the inch thick layer of buttercream and fondant serving as a sugary and blubbery insulation for the chocolate mousse layer cake inside. in terms of longevity, i think this cake may have been designed to even outlast the twinkie!