Can you have a party without a cake? I guess you can seeing that Rick and I didn't have a wedding cake (I baked about 100 Raspberry & Coconut cakes- more about that another time) . . . but can you have a 1st birthday celebration without a special cake? I don't think so! It just wouldn't be the same.
So, being brave and new, I decided that it was time that I should confront fondant and tell it who's boss. Ok, I actually enlisted the help of my friend Jen who has made a few multiple storey fondant decked cakes for her daughter's birthdays- but asking for help is not breaking the rules!
So you start with about three of these chocolate numbers. Don't be put off if your cake sinks in the middle because you cut them to size and lay them like bricks with a butter frosting morter.
Then you cut your fondant, add your dye paste and knead, roll and wrap! Jen took these photos and laid the fondant on the cake for me (I didn't have time for mistakes so she did it!)
But I covered these vanilla cupcakes. Oops, a bit of icing powder here and there!
This is the end result. One happy little birthday fella and his little family!
Will I use fondant again? Yes, perhaps. It is totally a visual thing for me as I don't like to eat it as much as I like eating a sourcream frosting or a decadent chocolate ganache (with or without the cake!!)
So, I think I can tick fondant off my list of brave and new things despite the excessive use of icing sugar.