Sometimes birthdays call for special cakes. This was one such birthday my daughter shared with her best friend who happens to have a birthday just two weeks later. You might remember them from their rainbow birthday party documented here. Did you click over and see that rainbow cake??? How do you top a rainbow cake? With fondant!
Sound scary? I thought so too – so I asked my friends Janet and Emily to help and I took lots of photos to show the process and found out it is not as hard as it sounds.
Let’s start with the ingredients:
16 ounces mini marshmallows (good brand)
2 – 5 Tbls. water
2 lbs. powdered (C&H brand) sugar
Crisco (little for hands while kneading)
First melt marshmallows and 2 Tbls. water in a double boiler or in microwave for 30 seconds at a time. It should look like this: 1&2. Stir 3/4 of the powdered sugar into the marshmallow mixture, then knead in the remaining 1/4 until it is all incorporated into the mixture . Note: be sure to grease your hands and counter before dumping mixture from bowl
3. add color to your fondant. Then Knead Knead Knead! for about 7 minutes until it is soft and shiny. If it starts to feel a bit dry, add 1/2 Tbls. water at a time until it feels soft and pliable – then keep kneading.
4 – 6. grease the outside of the ball and double wrap in saran wrap, then put in a ziplock bag to keep it moist.
Now it is time to frost your cake (or rice krispie cake). If you are using a cake, it is easier to frost if you freeze it first (For pictures and steps on making cake level, see this post)…so take it out of the freezer and get frosting!
Now that your cake is prepped, it is time to put on the fondant.
-Dust your counter with powdered sugar. TIP: if your fondant is a bit hard, throw it in the microwave (still covered) for 5 – 10 seconds until more pliable.
-Roll out your fondant until it is about 1/8 inch thick making sure it is large enough to cover your cake, sides and all.
-Roll it back onto the rolling pin then drape it over the cake.
-Pull the fondant out while smoothing to avoid folds until the sides are perfect.
-Using a pizza cutter, cut the excess around the sides.
-Use a spatula to move the cake.
Now the fun part! Decorating. We chose polka-dots but you could cut out whatever shapes you want for this part. Simply roll out some fondant, cut the shape, add a dab of water to the back to make it sticky, then gently plop it on.
A little extra effort to make your little one feel special on her special day! Or just to learn something new! Thanks Emily and Janet for teaching me!
We cut the rice krispie cake into slices and served them in cupcake wrappers. It was so much less messy for kids and they loved it just as much!