Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cake Class #3 is well under way!

Ok I'll admit I've been slacking!  We've already had our second class in the Gum Paste and Fondant Wilton Method class.  Momma, Amy, and I are all doing fabulous so far!  We'll get to that in a minute.

Momma and I are going on a cruise!!!!  It is 27 days away and I can hardly contain myself!  This will be my first cruise and her second just 4 days and one port in Cozumel.  On the day we are in Cozumel our excursion consists of a dolphin encounter, you get to swim with them and one will pull your through the water, I'm so excited I'm bouncing in my chair as I type this.  My previous sewing project was supposed to be a tote bag that we could use to take our stuff to the pool in.  Being that it ended up more along the size of a purse than a tote I'll be passing that off to my niece Justice for her to play dress up with.  I scoured the Internet to find a new bag to try, actually not really, my wonderful friend Teresa found this site and sent it to me there are a ton of cute sewing projects on this website. 

I found an adorable drawstring bag that I decided to make.  The pattern can be found here at Sew for Home  It is actually to make a bag to put a bottle of wine in but you can make it bigger and use it as a beach bag.  I also decided to make one of the wine bags cause we can each take a bottle of wine on the boat!  So far I'm almost done with the wine bag, I'm just so slow and don't have a ton of free time.  Once I get them finished I'll post some pictures.

Ok so on to class one of the last Wilton Methods class.  This class is using fondant and gum paste.  I haven't had much experience with using either of these so I was excited to start this class.  We had to bring a two tiered cake covered with a crumb coat of butter cream and while in class roll out and cover it with fondant.  One thing I'm not good at is rolling out fondant or dough for that matter into a circle.  That was an experience getting it smoothed down with no wrinkles and not putting my fingers through it.  Once it was all said and done it looked pretty good.  One thing I didn't realize is the fondant won't hid all the imperfections in your buttercream so it is best to smooth out the buttercream before you put on the fondant!  Dually noted!!

The bow was pretty easy to make but I didn't have a real clear picture in my head and should have made more loops to make a fuller bow.  You just roll out our fondant and use this adjustable cutting tool that cuts 1 inch  (or whatever you make it cut) strips. Then you cut the strips into 5 inch pieces.  So my bow had 16 5 inch by 1 inch strips, folded over and pinch the ends.  In order for the fondant to keep its shape it has to dry before you place it on the cake and you can use paper towels or something else to help it keeps its shape until it is completely dry.  Once you are ready you just use some candy melts as clue and place the loops together.

To get the lines in the ribbon we used a texture thing like below.  You can find them at Michale's, you just lay them on your fondant and use the roller to go over the make the impression.  So easy. 

Texture mat
This particular cake I used Duff's Fondant this particular brand of fondant is to soft to use to make things with but it tastes sooooo good, its actually more like a rolled buttercream than a fondant.


Bye Y'all!


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