Sunday, February 28, 2010


2nd attempt
First, god awful attempt.

Today is a Sunday, yet again. Now, I don't know if any of you watch this show on the Food Network (the best network), Ace of Cakes? Or perhaps Cake Boss on TLC I believe, but in the past couple of months I've become slightly obsessed and today I'm experimenting with making my very own cake.

My favorite part of these cakes, aside from the brilliant creativity and craft that goes into each one, is the FONDANT! For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, it's basically a sugary paste that resembles play doh and goes on top of the cake to make it extra smooth and extra perfect. I looked up a few recipes for it, most of which involved things like glycerine or gelatin, and I really didn't feel like tracking those things down, so I found a super simple one that just involved marshmellows and powdered sugar. Super sticky process, but I did it.

I've also never made a cake from scratch. I'm a pretty firm believer in cake mixes from the supermarket, but in light of making fondant and trying to bake a cake, I decided to make a chocolate pound cake from scratch. My first batch was completely unsuccessful. I cooked them for way too long and they got dried out beyond repair. Currently I have my second batch in the oven and am watching them like a hawk, hoping to God that it works out.

My plan is to make a three tiered cake with vanilla frosting and then cover it with fondant. The creative part will just have to unfold as I begin to decorate. It's turning out to be much harder then I anticipated. Wish me luck.

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