My practice cake (pic heavy)

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My practice cake (pic heavy)

Ok, so today I spent doing my practice cake. I tried a couple types of fondant-the marshmallow one and a non marshmallow one I found on allrecipes.com, but the marshmallow one was totally better. The brown fondant on the cake is the other one and I don't know if you can see in the pictures but it didn't stretch very well and had tiny tear marks in it.

I had a hard time covering the bottom layer since it was large. The fondant tore when I tried to lift it, so hopefully I will have better luck with the final version. I think part of the problem was that I rolled it really thin since I didn't have quite enough pink. I rolled it out on the counter, but I may need to roll it on a cutting board and just pick it up and dump it on to keep it from tearing.

This is the "good" side:

And this is the side that had issues with tearing:

When I make the final version I need to figure out how to not have powdered sugar showing all over the cake from rolling out the fondant and I need to tone down the pink. I wanted the cake to be a pastel pink but I didn't realize how strong the gel colors are and I ended up with pepto bismol pink instead:p

I also need to decide between flowers and circles for the top layer. I did half and half on this cake just to see which I like better, but I can't decide.

Flowers:

Circles:

The inside of the cake, Neapolitan of course:)

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Love the color, Love the flowers! and the inside colors;0)

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omg!! that looks great!! i had the tearing issue as well and there were parts of my cake that looked like that. I like the circles better because then you have straight lines that match the stripes if that makes sense?

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Wow! Great job! I like the circles personally. The cake flavors look stunning too.

Everyone else and their fondant is really showing up my M&M decorating. ROFL

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"janijanis" wrote:

omg!! that looks great!! i had the tearing issue as well and there were parts of my cake that looked like that. I like the circles better because then you have straight lines that match the stripes if that makes sense?

Yeah, I think the circles go better with the stripes, so I'm kind of leaning that way.

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:lurk: hope you ladies don't mind me lurking, I love checking out all your cakes Wink I do my kids cakes too, not a pro, but with a 5 and almost 3 year old I've done a few. I have also done a few for my friends kids.

I think it came out great. Do you have any support on bottom cake? you may have sinking issues with the top cake or your fondant may start to sag and tear where the two cakes join. You might want to put dowels or large straws in the cake under the top tier. Also if you put a small cake board under the top layer then if you want to pull that layer off and give it to your LO as her "smash cake" its much easier to do with a cake board. Just make sure the board is the same size or slightly smaller then the top tier.

I also use cornstarch as opposed to icing sugar when rolling ect, you don't need so much and its easy to brush off with a pastry brush afterwards.

If your using the wilton gel colours they get MUCH darker as time goes on (as you figured out) Wink so you really don't need much

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if you have the tearing issue again maybe you could cover it up with one of the stripes?

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"mama22Girls" wrote:

:lurk: hope you ladies don't mind me lurking, I love checking out all your cakes Wink I do my kids cakes too, not a pro, but with a 5 and almost 3 year old I've done a few. I have also done a few for my friends kids.

I think it came out great. Do you have any support on bottom cake? you may have sinking issues with the top cake or your fondant may start to sag and tear where the two cakes join. You might want to put dowels or large straws in the cake under the top tier. Also if you put a small cake board under the top layer then if you want to pull that layer off and give it to your LO as her "smash cake" its much easier to do with a cake board. Just make sure the board is the same size or slightly smaller then the top tier.

I also use cornstarch as opposed to icing sugar when rolling ect, you don't need so much and its easy to brush off with a pastry brush afterwards.

If your using the wilton gel colours they get MUCH darker as time goes on (as you figured out) Wink so you really don't need much

I will have to try the cornstarch and the pastry brush, that is a good idea. I was trying to rub the sugar in with my fingers (greased with shortening) and kept poking the fondant with my nails, so that wasn't working. I didn't put dowels in it, but I made a makeshift cake board out of a paper plate for the small cake. In this case, there wasn't time for any sagging as I took the top layer back off and cut into the bottom layer as soon as I took the pictures:D However, I will probably need to take that into consideration for the final cake since that one will probably be done the day before and have to sit over night. I plan to make the actual cake at my mom's house and she has more decorating supplies on stock than I do so I can give it better support when I make it there.

"janijanis" wrote:

if you have the tearing issue again maybe you could cover it up with one of the stripes?

Good idea, I will have to do that. I may have quite an interesting stripe pattern going on when all is said and done:D

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Also a good idea to help you cover the cake is to roll the fondont on your rolling pin and then unroll while you go over the cake..

I think its cute! And you did a 2 tiered! I still have yet to try that..

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Don't tone down the pink I love it!! It's really good. I have no tips with the fondant though, Except I would hide tears with the flowers and stripes Lol (it's what I'm going to do with Tobey's cake Wink

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That looks fantastic!! You did an amazing job! I like the flowers too. I bet you can find tips online for covering the tears in the back, since they looks fairly minor to me I bet there's a way to smooth those out. For the powdered sugar, what I did was just smooth it out with my hands after I had it on the cake and most came off, if the are stubborn you could put a small amount of butter on your hands first. There may be a better way, but that worked for me.

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Omgosh!! That is awesome! What a cute cake! You did an incredible job!! Where did you get that candle?!?!

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"Tanned Mommy" wrote:

Omgosh!! That is awesome! What a cute cake! You did an incredible job!! Where did you get that candle?!?!

I got the candle at a party supply store, I think it was Party City.

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Stacy, do you have a party packagers nearby? i have seen them there.

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You did a great job! It looks amazing!

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It looks great. I hate fondant, but it always looks so proffessionsal

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AMAZING!! The cake looks wonderful. I agree with the others, circles with the stripes. All these cake posts, I need to do my practice run!!

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I have absolutely no tips or help, just congratulations. It looks wonderful!!!

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Awesome cake!

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I love the cake!! I have yet to do Charlie's test cake :/ I should probably get on that. I