So with my cakes baked and ganached, I toddled off to a quiet place to work with my big box of kit. I really wasn’t certain what I would need so I brought every thing from home I could think of. I ended up using almost all of it.
I did find some vinyl in a local cooking store which certainly came in handy to roll out on.
I was pleased my fondant did get a couple of shades darker overnight. I didn’t achieve the Enchanted Night Sky of my imagination but it was a handsome purple.
The fondant began to tear and stick to itself- even with the smaller cake when I tried the fold over the rolling pin trick. I got a bit cross and then I realised I could use the method of rolling to the correct size and then flipping it on top of the cake, no breath taking rolling pin moments for me!
On reflection, I think I added too much colouring paste for that amount of fondant. Buying ready to roll fondant in bold colours will be my next experiment. After I figured out how to get the fondant on the cake smoothing it was fairly straight forward. I couldn’t find fondant padles in Darwin. Another thing on my list of things to buy the next time I go down South.
Cake dowels are another thing I couldn’t find in Darwin. However, we have no shortage of Asian food sellers, with lots of paper wrapped disposable wooden chopsticks given away. They worked a treat cut to size.
I transported the cake in pieces to assemble on site. I thought I would have a back room to mess about in but no, centre stage (the present table in the centre of the hall actually) for me as I tiered my first cake.
Now I know why ribbon or icing goes along the seam lines of fondant cakes. I didn’t have any and I have learned from my mistake. I made some fondant stars as decoration and painted them silver with edible paint.
I was happy with the cake as a first effort. I can see the places I need to improve. (I start a cake decorating course at uni in a couple of weeks). It was a lot of fun and I have been asked to do some wedding and birthday cakes from this event.
And I got to give Lisa a one of a kind present.
To wrap up, here is a photo (sadly taken at the end of the night when the kids were ratty and not in the mood to smile for photos) of my wonderful family in our costumes.