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    Default Making my first birthday cake!! Help

    Ok ladies.. And gents .. Aafter getting a quote of $100 for someone else to make it i have decided to make ds cake for his 1st birthday and i have NEVER done this before... I want to use fondant icing. Any tips and advice greatly appreciated! I am soooo stressed i want him to have a beautiful cake

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    If you can, make a practise cake a week or so in advance so you know what your dealing with. Are you making or buying the fondant? I usually use store brought stuff, it's fairly easy to work with, but it is really sticky so make sure you sprinkle plenty of sifted/soft icing sugar on the surface before you work with it. The paint type coulourings will bring out a better coulour in the fondant then the ones you get from coles etc. where you just drop the colouring in the mixture. If you can make the cake on the day of the party as fondant drys up eaisly, if you can't make sure you cover it in glad wrap and place in an air tight container. Alternatively you can make the cake before and ice it the morning of the party. Goodluck!

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    I just did a fondant cupcake course, so I guess it's similar. However maybe someone else will know a bit better than me.

    You need a plastic rolling pin to roll out the fondant. You might also want to buy a fondant smoother to help you. For cupcakes I use buttercream icing to stick the fondant to the cake, I guess you need to that too.

    Other than that do u know stuff like how to colour the fondant etc?

    I made a wiggles big red car for DS 2nd bday but that was with buttercream icing.

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    U tube has some great clips especially if u are covering a Number 1. It's surprisingly easy to work with.

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    I always use the butter cream icing (piped on in stars) as I found mostly it got wasted as fondant on cake is really dry to eat, though you can thin out some jam to spread on the cake underneath to try keep it moist.
    My mum always uses old X-rays for smoothing out the fondant,
    Also if u buy fondant try get it from a cake store rather than the supermarket one, it's alot easier to work with
    Do u know what u want to make?

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    no tips on mkaing fondant or rolling it out sorry but tips on getting it to look lovely and neat are as follows;

    Making the cake and freezing it before putting the fondant on helps.

    get the cake out of the freezer and brush off any loose crumbs.

    apply a layer of soft icing to help stick the fondant to the cake surface.

    lay the fondant around the sides, then on the top (or the other way round, whatever works for you)

    Use a hot dry knife (have a full kettle boiled to rinse kinfe and reheat as you go and a dry clean tea towel on hand) and run the back of the knife over the top, around the sides and around any joining points.

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    I made marshmallow fondant for DS's 1st birthday cake and just used normal liquid coloring.

    It was really easy to work with, although the colors were not a vibrant as I was hoping for - more pastelly.

    Marshmallow fondant can be made a week or two before you need it and stored in the fridge.

    Let me know if you want the recipe and I'll dig it out for you

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    Thanks ladies...i am clueless lol. Will spotlight sell bits i need? If i buy ready made fondant how do i colour it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by happygrl View Post
    I made marshmallow fondant for DS's 1st birthday cake and just used normal liquid coloring.

    It was really easy to work with, although the colors were not a vibrant as I was hoping for - more pastelly.

    Marshmallow fondant can be made a week or two before you need it and stored in the fridge.

    Let me know if you want the recipe and I'll dig it out for you
    Never heard of mashmallow fondant? Was it good? Firm like fondant or soft like butter icing?

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    For the colours, buy Wilton brand colour pastes. Add the colour Bit by bit until you get the colour you want.

    You kind of need to knead the colour into the fondant.

    I think spotlight does sell most of what you need, but if you are gonna buy good quality fondant then go to a cake decorating shop. The Bakels brand is pretty good and isn't expensive.


 

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