Monday, October 10, 2011

Tie Dye Cake (aka How to Marblize Fondant)

Okay, so I don't think this is the world's cutest cake, but my boys are really in to tie-dye, and I had some leftover colored fondant from these beach ball cupcakes, so we decided to make a tie-dye cake. Plus, this will show you very vibrantly how to marbelize fondant.

What You Need:
Fondant in various colors
Iced cake, on a board the same size as the cake
Rolling pin
Rolling mat
-or parchment or waxed paper and ruler

Decide how much fondant you will need for your cake. (Here's a link to a chart from Wilton, giving you an idea what you need.)

Then, you need to knead each color until it's soft and pliable. If you can pull in pint-sized helpers for this part of the job, even better!!

When they're all soft, and don't break when you fold it, make logs of each color, and set them in a row.
*Note: If I had a do-over, I'd add 2 or 3 logs of white just because it got so swallowed up by the darker colors.

Then twist the colors... you can see the ones I didn't knead enough, because they crack and break a little. If you want really smooth colors, knead, knead, knead.

When the colors are mixed a little less than you want it to look on the cake (because they will mix a little more when you roll it), form the fondant into a disk.

Roll the fondant on a rolling mat (or parchment paper taped to the counter top) greased with a generous layer of shortening. (Click this link for a step-by-step tutorial on how to cover a cake with fondant.)

To get the fondant on the cake, I raise the cake a few inches off of the surface with a bowl or pan that is an inch or two smaller than the cake. I place my entire arm underneath center of the fondant under the mat or paper... and try to center it by the cake.

Then, I commit and flip it over onto the cake, and peel back the mat/paper, and hope I lined it up properly.

I smooth the fondant down the sides of the cake, trying to move the wrinkles to below the bottom of the cake board.

Then, cut the excess fondant with a pair clean kitchen shears or scissors, allowing the top blade to brush the underside of the cake board.

Finally, just tuck the little edge underneath the cake board.

Click the Links Below to See:
Fondant 101: What it is and How to use it
The Great Fondant Comparison - what kind of fondant is best?
Other Fondant Recipes/ Decorating Ideas

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