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First Fondant Experience: Inspired by Cake Boss on TLC 
Jun. 18, 2009 11:11 am 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012 10:35 pm
On Monday night, I watched a show called Cake Boss on TLC. They were making a white cake with a chocolate ganache and fresh strawberry filling. They iced the cake with buttercream and covered it with fondant. The show inspired me to try fondant for the first time and I also wanted to make the same cake combination as they did.
I tried the Marshmallow Fondant from this site and it truly is easy to work with. I made it first thing in the morning and wrapped the colored fondant and refrigerated it and I rolled it out late in the evening.
During the day, I baked two round white cakes. After they cooled, I leveled each cake. I was able to save the extra cake I cut from the tops and make the Cake Balls recipe! Next, I sliced some fresh strawberries and whipped up the Chocolate Ganache recipe from this site. Once the ganache cooled, I spread it over one of the cakes and covered the ganache with fresh strawberries. (Next time I will use more strawberries.) I put the top layer on and prepared the Buttercream Icing recipe from this site. I piped the buttercream on using my new cake icer and pastry bag. (I highly recommend it!)
Finally, after the fondant came to room temperture, I was ready to roll this stuff out! The only problem I encountered was the fondant sticking to the counter after I would roll it out. I had to peel it off the counter and start over several times.
Covering the cake was fun and easy. I purchased fondant cutters in circle shapes. I was up late finishing this cake, so I didn't take my time and do the greatest job, but I look forward to using fondant again in the near future.
Below are pictures of my progress as I made the cake yesterday.
Leveled Cakes
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Fondant Cake Preparation
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Fondant Covered Cake
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My Fondant Mess
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Jun. 18, 2009 12:16 pm
Cool! I like that you put up the different stages of the cake for all to see. And I think the final thing looks awesome! (especially cuz pink and brown are one of my favorite color combinations!)
Jun. 18, 2009 12:23 pm
Now that I have seen you do it step by step you have inspired me to try! Thanks! It looks great!
Jun. 18, 2009 12:57 pm
Thanks, I didn't take a photo of the cake iced with buttercream, but the buttercream is under the fondant. I also level the cakes with a Wilton cake leveler tool that has a thin metal wire. I can just adjust the level and pull it through to even out the cake. I also love pink and brown or brown and aqua blue!
Jun. 18, 2009 1:58 pm
Thanks for posting this! I saw the picture of the completed cake this morning. It turned out great! I've only worked with fondant a little bit and never covered an entire cake - just done cutouts. Beautiful!
Jun. 18, 2009 4:24 pm
yumm looks great! i was looking through the voting pics and saw your fondant! Im so happy it worked out, the ganache looks awesome.. I love the stuff LOL.. did you add the rum the recipe calls for?
Jun. 18, 2009 4:29 pm
That is such a pretty cake! I love the pink-chocolate brown combination. I've never made fondant myself, but we did have it on our wedding cake 10 years ago! I love how it looks like porcelain.
Jun. 18, 2009 5:08 pm
Hey Katie, no rum, I don't have any of that on hand, I always make it without. Thanks for your help yesterday, I appreciate it. I waited for the ganache to cool and then I spread it on the cake.
Jun. 18, 2009 9:03 pm
Beautiful cake for your first time with fondant! I roll the fondant out on wax paper which I just flip onto the cake and carefully peel off.
Jun. 18, 2009 10:28 pm
Thanks Blue, without a doubt I will try the wax paper next time, I truly appreciate your feedback. :)
Jun. 21, 2009 6:25 pm
How do you make your cake layers so even? I've never baked a nice looking cake. Probably because I don't know the basics.
Jun. 22, 2009 8:45 am
If you go to Michaels or a similar store, in the Wilton aisle, they have these cake levelers which have a metal wire and you adjust it to the height you need and drag it through the cake to cut it evenly. Perhaps I can post I picture of the tool I am talking about. You can also use a knife too.
Jun. 24, 2009 12:24 pm
Thanks! I'm going to get one of those!
Jun. 29, 2009 1:47 pm
Beautiful cake! It looks great for a first time experience, thanks!
Jul. 5, 2009 11:53 am
Yes, I love my cake leveler! You can also use the bake-even strips. You just soak them in water, squeeze out the excess water and wrap around your cake pan. It will keep your cake even so you don't have to cut so much off to make it even. But we do enjoy the cake scraps. :)
Jul. 7, 2009 10:24 am
Are you able to make the Cake Balls recipe with homemade cake??? If so, please let me know. Or maybe you have made a boxed cake for your recipe above. The Cake Balls is the recipe I have always wanted to make, the only reason I haven't yet is because it calls for artificial ingredients, like boxed cake (which I hate the taste).
Jul. 10, 2009 7:52 pm
There is a way to level a cake without buying a leveler. Let's say you want to cut off 1 inch of the cake top. Insert toothpicks about 2 inches apart into the side of the cake where you want it cut...all the way around the cake, 1 inch from the top. Then, cut a piece of heavy thread, or unflavored dental floss that is about 6 inches longer than the cake diameter. Weave the thread over the first toothpick and under the second, continuing in this manner around the cake. Take the left end of the thread in your right hand, and the right end of the thread in your left hand. Gently pull the thread through the cake. It will cut it just like the leveler does! Does the fondant that you used actually taste good? I abhor the Wilton fondant.
Jul. 21, 2009 8:09 pm
Yes, I believe marshmallow fondant is tasty and before I decided it make it, I have read that people tend to prefer marshmallow to Wiltons fondant. I have read about using unflavored floss to level a cake, thanks for posting that tip!
Aug. 2, 2009 4:55 pm
You have made me feel so much better b/c I was starting to think that I will never be able to do this. My daughter's 1st birthday is coming up (party on August 15th, 2009) and I have been determined to make her a fondant cake. I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday and was going to buy what I needed but chickened out b/c I have NO clue where to start. I have a 4 year old little girl and soon to be 1 year old little girl so my life is out of control. I need direction and something stress free. Can you help me get started? Would love anyones help and advice! Thanks!!
Always the Hostess 
Aug. 4, 2009 9:41 am
I'm new to this site. Don't know where to start, but saw your cake & LOVEDit!! I'm hosting a "personal" bridal show for my soon to be sister in law. Do you know where I could get instructions on how to make a cake shapped like a Bustier? It's been a long time since I've seen one, but I know they are out there somewhere. Any ideas or info you could offer would be greatly appreciated!!
Aug. 6, 2009 10:04 am
This is soooo cute! Do you have the recipe?
Aug. 16, 2009 4:56 pm
hi miss MySweetCreations... um... i would like to ask a favour from if u don't mind.... my birthday is coming up and i want to make a cake... i want to know how to make fondant first.. since im very inexperience... looking through some sites on how to make fondant... i have come across your account and this specific matter... coincidentillay, im also a fanof Cake Boss TLC... and it also inspried me on fondant... i dont have every ingredients and accecories.. im more like a person making a cake from a Cake Mix... all i want is that if you have time to spare... will u please help or at least guide on how to make fondant as a rookie...?? my birthday is this friday coming up... i hope to learn how to make homemade fondant by then if possible with ur guidance. :) you may contact me with this email: i hope to hear from you.
Aug. 23, 2009 6:35 pm
You can go the and learn everything you ever wanted to know about cakes. I joined over a year ago and have learned a ton about fondant, baking, great recipes, etc. Give it a try!
Aug. 28, 2009 11:59 am
Wow! I have watched that show Cake Boss Before and everytime I do I am tempted to try my hand at Fondant! After reading this I'm even more determined to give it a try! Thanks!
Sep. 17, 2009 8:17 pm
My kids have dubbed the dome part of the cake that is cut off "cake skin" and they love to eat it! I like to make trifle with the leftovers(kinda like getting 2 desserts out of 1). I saw that episode of Cake Boss as well and thought that the flavors must have been awsome, I have yet to try that combo!
Nov. 24, 2009 7:47 pm
It is a great combination. I have made this several times now. I highly recommend it!
Feb. 2, 2010 1:03 pm
How did u color the fondant???
May 31, 2010 5:12 pm
My question is how to make the fondant and other thing!!! I am in the middle of a cake and need HELP ASAP! Please someone comment back i ask!!!!!! This is not good and im like freaking out watching cake boss!!!!!
Nov. 27, 2010 2:53 pm
I have a huge challenge coming up my husbands birthday is coming up and I would like to a really good cake for him but my issue is how to make and use fondant I would like to make him a guitar his 6string acoustic and I really don't know how to do this this would be my first attempt to try this I like all the recipes and cakes a lot I watch to much of cake boss and ace of cakes and cake challenges too! thanks!
Aug. 5, 2011 11:42 am
you said you have trouble with making the fondant for truffles and candy. You just need the right recipe. I have an incrediably easy one that works fantastic. would you like to have me e-mail you and give it to you?
Nov. 23, 2011 3:27 am
I was wondering how hard it was to level off the cakes? I was also wondering if that kind of cake would be easy to shape as to make character cakes for kids and things like that because I fond regular cake mix in boxes almost impossible to shape without crumbling. Is the white cakes you made from a recipe or from a box?
Lillian L. 
Dec. 17, 2011 5:47 pm
I wish I can show my very first cake I made from scratch ,My decorating skills need improving a lot .My cake looks like a kid did the decoration .I have learned a lot about making cakes and decorating them too.Thank You everyone
Jan. 25, 2012 10:35 pm
are the cake balls, in other words "cake pops"?
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