First, I apologize for my absence the last few weeks. After my birthday, things got very hectic at work (Winter Concert and other festivities) and at home (upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas), and I hardly had a minute to myself, let alone the time to sit down, sift through my photos, and write a decent blog post.
So here I am, on Christmas Day, catching up! Merry Christmas!
It is fitting, then, that my post today is a cake in the shape of a gift, and ironically, for my colleague whose actual birthday is today. Happy Birthday Conchi 🙂
I got all my tools out, and I looked up how to make a bow out of fondant. This video was extremely helpful. The first bow I made, I used the exact dimensions the lady used. That one was WAY too big for my small cake, so I adjusted, and made a second one.
Keeping with the festive season, I made a velvet spice cake, with chocolate buttercream frosting. I did not make my own fondant this time – I used store-bought white instead. I decided the “wrapping paper” would be green, so I set to kneading green food coloring into the fondant.
This is arguably what took the longest out of the entire cake decorating evening. There was a lot of fondant to dye, and I had to make sure it was even. But I eventually got there, and covered my cake:
Next, since my bow had “ribbon” that was 5cm wide, I had to make sure the “ribbon” wrapping around the cake was also 5cm wide.
I used edible glue to stick the “ribbon” into place. Looking back, I could have made the ends slightly narrower, but the overall effect was still what I wanted. I added the bow. Then, I rolled out some more white fondant, and punched out snowflakes with my smallest plunger, and stuck them on with edible glue.
Close up of snowflakes:
I’m very very pleased with how the cake turned out ^_^ It wasn’t difficult as far as cakes go, and the whole decorating process probably only took about 1 1/2 hours. It was fun to decorate, and I would definitely do it again!
Thanks for reading!