How To Color Fondant

by admin on August 3, 2011

Color fondant starts with plain fondant – a simple mixture made from sugar and water. The combination forms a paste and it is the paste that is used to decorate cakes.  The paste is rolled over the cake to form a smooth icing or frosting. A professional cake decorator will often use fondant to decorate wedding or speciality cakes, but home cake decorators will also find fondants are ideal for creating cakes which boast three dimensional decorations, like elaborate bows, ribbons or flowers.

In order to produce a perfectly decorated cake, a decorator must know how to color fondant. A fondant can be made at home, however there are commercially made fondants readily available that can be colored and used.

The first step to adding color to a fondant is to roll it into a round ball shape and to ply the ball until it has a soft and workable texture.

Using your thumb, make a pit in the centre of the fondant and use a toothpick or skewer to dab dots of color into the pit.  When color is added to the fondant, it is important to be careful not to add too much coloring at at time.  This could lead to the fondant having too much color which is difficult to correct.

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If the color is not correct, more coloring can be added, if necessary.  As color is added, the fondant must be kneaded – this will ensure that the color is evenly spread.

It is a good idea when coloring a fondant, to wear plastic gloves, to avoid the color staining your hands (see the Lightning McQueen Birthday Cake for how this can happen).  Also, instead of liquid food coloring,  use gel food color, which works better for coloring the fondant.  Since it can be difficult to achieve the same coloring on another batch of fondant, it is suggested to color more fondant than is needed.

You may not use all the colored fondant, but it is better to be safe than sorry. If your idea is to store the colored fondant, remember that the stored fondant will darken in time, so allow for this and don’t make it too dark.

If making cakes regularly, an assortment of colored fondants can be created and stored for later use.  This will provide ready access to a range of colors that can be used to make an assortment of intricate and appealing cake decorations.


Birthday Cakes For Girls

by admin on November 9, 2010

Birthday Cakes for Girls are a lot of fun to make and there are heaps of great ideas on what theme to use.  Of course, most girls like ‘pretty’ colours like pink, purple and pastel shades, but there are so many different options that it is always fun to try something new.

With so many ideas that it would be impossible to cover them all, but here are two tried and true themes that are based on age.  One is for younger girls, the other for older/teenager girls.

Animal Birthday Cakes for Girls

This is a great theme for little girls and can be based around their favourite animal – most little girls have at least one, if not many to choose from.  There are domestic animals (dog, cat, birds, fish), farm animals (ponies, horses, cows, pigs) and wild animals (monkeys, tigers, lions, elephants).

One great animal cake idea is a Panda Bear Cake and this video shows how to make it…

To make this cake you will need a 9 x 13 Inch Cake Pan Birthday Cakes For Girls and 2 x 8 Inch Round Cake Pans Birthday Cakes For Girls. The recipe and templates can be found by clicking here.  As they mention in the video this recipe can be adapted to any bear using different colours and features.

Fashion Birthday Cakes for Girls

Now we’re talking about the older girls who are likely to be fond of all things fashion – shoes, handbags, purses, jewellery and all sorts of accessories.  Here’s some ideas.

A Purse Cake…

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Photo by Qfamily

…a Shoe Cake…

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Photo by Apuch

…or the ultimate, a Barbie and Jewellery themed cake…

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Most of the fashion cakes can be easily made using a Square Cake Pan Birthday Cakes For Girls and this Birthday Cake Recipe as the base.  The cake can then be iced and decorated as creatively and colourfully as desired.

That’s a few ideas to get things started on a special cake for your little girl.  If you have any ideas, questions or comments on Birthday Cakes for Girls, please leave them below.


Spiderman Cake Ideas

October 26, 2010

Superhero themed birthday parties are inevitable in most little boys lives.  Batman, Superman and their fellow crime fighting mates are all very popular.  Last time we featured Batman Cakes, and this time it’s Spiderman’s turn.  Here’s some ideas for creating the ultimate Spiderman Cake for your superhero. Spiderman Cake Toppers There are a wonderful range […]

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Batman Cake Ideas

October 20, 2010

Superheros are always a popular theme for childrens birthday cakes and while for some it is hard to choose, there are very few little boys who wouldn’t love a Batman Cake. A Batman Cake could be part of a general superhero themed party or a theme of its own. There are lots of different ways […]

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How To Choose A Birthday Cake Pan

October 12, 2010

Building a great novelty birthday cake has to start somewhere, and once a theme is decided, the next decision to be made is what birthday cake pan to use. There are a few different considerations to take into account here as outlined below. Birthday Cake Blueprint Having decided a theme for the cake, now is […]

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Princess Birthday Cakes

October 6, 2010

At some stage in most girls lives, they are going to want a princess party, and of course it will be necessary to have a princess cake.  Here are a few ideas and tips on how you can create fabulous Princess Birthday Cakes. Princess Doll Cake This type of cake is made using a real doll and is essentially […]

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Lightning McQueen Birthday Cake

September 22, 2010

Last year my youngest son’s 4th birthday request was for a Lightning McQueen Birthday Cake.  I knew this was going to be my greatest birthday cake challenge yet. In particular, I was feeling daunted by all that red icing. The year before the request was for a fire engine cake and the red icing was by far the […]

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Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas – Train Cakes

September 14, 2010

Train birthday cakes are an evergreen favourite for little boys (and some girls!).  They are really easy to make and here are some great train birthday cake decorating ideas. To make your cake you will need 2 loaf cakes (or more if you’d like lots of carriages), some different coloured icings plus lots of decorations […]

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Cake Decorating Techniques – Candy & Lollies

September 9, 2010

One of the quickest and easiest cake decorating techniques is using store bought lollies or candy.  They truly are a cake decorators best friend and can be used to create all types of wonderful cake creations. A visit to your local lolly shop will be great evidence of this.  They come in so many wonderful shapes, […]

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Birthday Party Cakes – 3 Super Simple Ways to Make Them

September 6, 2010

Making birthday party cakes does not have to be a complicated process.  If the thought of baking a cake from scratch, making your own icing and then having to decorate the cake scares you, don’t worry,  There are heaps of ways you can make this process simple and fun. You don’t need extraordinary baking skills, you […]

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