Fondant Creation Level: Extreme
We all love cake. We all love cookies. We all love fondant. We all love things to the EXTREME… Well, if it involves the first three, we do!
The beauty of both fondant painting and fondant colouring is the creative freedom that it allows.
On paper, I like to think of myself as quite the artist, and although it’s nothing to rival Leonardo da Vinci (maybe Monet), I’ve been praised and admired all the same.
Using a cake as a canvas made sense, I love both art and cake. But, I found the usual methods of icing and colouring cake to be, well… boring too traditional for my liking. So I spiced it up.
I scoured the web looking for walkthroughs, recipes, ideas and cats, that would inspire the next generation of bakers. I wanted to raise the bar for creative fondant making.
And oh boy did I! I took it to the next level all right.
I give you… EXTreme (sorry, I’ll stop shouting) Fondant-ing. In other words, here’s some ideas to liven up your cakes, and, on a smaller scale... cookies.
There are two ways to get coloured fondant.
You can either buy it pre-dyed and pre-packed. If you’re making it from scratch, add drops of GEL food colouring into the mix and keep kneading/rolling.
Using a single colour to wrap your cake is not extreme enough, so look to create a 3D scene by stacking different coloured layers of icing on top of each other. The more colours the better!
If you want a classier look, add yellow into the icing mix and once rolled and placed into position, coat with “pearl dust” mixed with vodka or white rum, or edible gold leaf. Voila! A cake fit for a king (or queen).
Famous American artist Jackson Pollock made his fortune by effectively splashing a surface with paint (I’m not taking anything away from him, he’s great, #pleasedonotsue), so you can too!
Using a room that you aren’t concerned with getting messy, or have covered with sheets, use a clean paint brush to flick different GEL food colours over a white or ivory base layer of icing.
The more ambitious each of your “flicks”, the better the cake will look. Even though the final design will be random, you can still personalise it by theming the colours. Orange and black for halloween. Red, white and blue for Independence Day (or something to do with the UK, France and Russia). Green and yellow for St. Patrick's Day… the possibilities are endless.
This is great for two reasons… it’s so much fun. And it’s completely unique. If you used this style of decorating on two identical cakes, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to achieve the same effect, no matter how hard you tried.
In the same way Pollock did, you are creating art. Contemporary art that you can eat... temporary art one could say! I’m here all week.
Great for a specific outcome, stencilling allows you to bring potentially complex designs to life!
There’s two ways to do this.
The first way is a hollow stencil. Great for outlines or simple shapes/patterns, simply print or draw onto a piece of paper and cut out around the design.
Place against a portion of the cake and hold in place firmly. Paint or spray over the stencil with a GEL food colouring and allow to dry. Do not remove too soon after painting or spraying as the colour may run.
Rinse and repeat with as many designs as you like.
The second way is better for complex designs. Say, a portrait of your cat. Onto paper, sketch or print a picture of your cat.
Lay a small-ish piece of icing on a FLAT surface (this can be attached to a base layer of icing on your cake), then place the paper on top.
Using a smooth pen lid, round-tipped tool or fondant wheel embosser, trace around the main features of the cat picture. You will need to press quite firmly, without ripping the paper.
Remove the paper and go over the newly-traced lines in your fondant to exaggerate them.
Attach to your base layer of icing, being careful not to flatten any of the embossed grooves. Then, simply paint or spray with your chosen colours, using the indentations as a guide.
Everyone loves marbling - marble kitchen work surfaces, marbles, marbella. But, even better is marbled fondant.
And it’s probably the easiest look to achieve out of all my mentioned techniques!
All you need is two different coloured pieces of fondant. Once again, you can get them both pre-coloured and pre-packed or make two lots from scratch. Either way, keep the two colours separate.
Then, roll both out into thin long sausages of equal length, place next to each other and, well, have you ever seen the Twister ice lolly in the UK? You need to “Twister” them together.
Similar to plaited/braided hair, you need to intertwine both colours.
Follow by gentle rolling, until the colours have merged together into a marble effect.
Flatten and place it into position!
There you go, a few simple ways to inject a bit of magic into your fondant. In the next episode of Fondant Creation Level, we explain how to make a fondant cat. And no, you don’t physically wrap your cat in fondant!
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