March 14, 2010

Celebration Time- My first Fondant Cake


Now I am on the top of the world and feeling so proud that simultaneously am able to devise two successful cakes. My husband declared that this is the best anniversary gift he has ever received. Yes, the first Fondant cake made by me is the anniversary gift to my husband. And I, myself, am feeling so satisfied after bestowing the gift. Just a couple of days back we completed the 5th year of our sweet & sour Married life.

Time really swings within a fraction of second. I could still remember those days when our marriage was fixed and we got married within a couple of months. Got only a 4-5 days for a telephonic conversation with my would be husband to amass all the premarital romance. At that time heart desired to delve deeper in love, but mind was totally obsessed with the fact of leaving parents, home for an unknown destination. The proverb goes perfectly true that time heals everything. The first year swayed hypnotically with the newly blessed love. The grief of leaving my parent, my home slowly buried down under the peace of exploring new love. Every day the dining table used to become embellished with a handful of new and inviting recipes. Then kitchen became the podium to show my love for him. Adorning myself everyday in a new way, spending hours in front of the mirror, became the passion. Faring the silly little thing to make my hubby happy, were then the only goal for me. The first year passed away in making of a good and perfect husband and wife. In the second year we moved to the next phase of our life. We became the proud parents of an adorable sweet little angel. Just after two years of our marriage she was born. The next three years how passed we both were unaware. Our entire world narrowed down to her only. Apart from welcoming the most treasured member of our life, we welcome few more spices to make our love impregnable in every alternate day. Sometimes the love in between my husband and me started to become sour, sometimes bitter, sometimes too sweet, and sometimes hot. But a single smile of our daughter wipes away all hunches like a fresh wave.
In the very day of our 5th marriage anniversary, while making the Cake, I had a realisation. My husband was going to return on that day from his official tour. I was too excited in making of the cake and other dinner dishes to surprise him. This excitement I felt after a long period. After my daughter was born I was so busy in my motherhood that I was just on the verge of forgetting about me and my love. I was just like a machine doing all the works of a mother and a wife. During the absence of my husband I missed him so much and missed all the bitter/sour moments too. I realised that these are the spices of love which make love stronger and testier. While designing the cake opened my heart and pour all the feelings I have for him after a long gap, remembering all those sweet memories we spent together.

Every year I wanted to make a cake, mainly, wanted to decorate it just after my mind on this occassion. I still remember on my first anniversary I prepared a cake. When my husband came he didn’t say anything but gave such a smile that at that time I just want to disappear anywhere. He found me, just in the middle of a destroyed battle field, fighting all alone with the unsuccessful cake and scattered icing. Both of us spent the anniversary evening cleaning the messy kitchen. After that whenever I placed a hint of baking a cake, my husband’s pity stare reminded me that day and never to utter once again to bake a cake.


Again time is not always the same for everybody. Yesterday only my husband demanded me to bake some nice cake for him. And no need to say- I am so happy.

From last few days I grew an interest in Fondant cakes. Seeing lots of wonderfully decorated fondant cakes by my fellow bloggers forced me to take a risk to make a fondant cake. Inspired by their creativity I went to the shop and bought Wilton’s ready-to-use Fondant Roll.


In the package very helpful guidance is given and I got one more helpful tips from Food Network. There are lots of videos on how to make Fondant cakes uploaded in Youtube too. As I thought, that to create this type of cake must be very difficult, but it is not so hard. Just skill and patience are the two key tools here. I prepared two layered sponge cake and used whipping cream (added sugar) for the icing. Then with help of the fondant roll I decorated my cake.
Few tips:-

1. Fondant roll by taste is very sweet. So when you will prepare the cake use sugar less than what usually you add.

2. If you feel that your fondant is getting hard put it in to the microwave. But not more than 3-4 seconds. Fondant gets hot very soon and it can burn your hand. If you still think to make it more soft then add a second more. Each time keep on checking.

3. Keep some vegetable shortening or butter handy by the side of your fondant cake. Whenever you feel the fondant is getting sticky put little bit of butter or shortening in hand.

4. To stick the designed fondants on the cake rather than using water use butter. You can also use water. But as much less as you can.




18 comments:

Anonymous said...

great.......

Sushma Mallya said...

Really gorgeous cake,well done...doesnt seem your making it for the first time as it looks so perfect...must learn this from you...

Kamalika said...

Thanks Anon..

Sushma, Thanks dear....Even am not able to belive still now that i have made this cake...I made the cake with a pounding heart and the thought of trashing another cake soon...But didn't know how i suceeded..To tell you the truth designing a fondant cake is much much more easier than the icing designed cakes....i am learning every thing from u guys..wht i will teach u...:D

Kuntala said...

Sundor cake, Kamalika......

Silence Sings said...

Thanks Kuntala...

An Open Book said...

hi there..thanks for following my blog...thts a very pretty cake for a first timer..i have royally messed up a normal butter icing so its still a bit weary to venture out into the fondant section.

Silence Sings said...

@ An Open Book,
You are welcome...The same thing happens with me with the normal butter icing cakes...but designing a fondant cake is pretty much easy what i felt.....

FoodLovers said...

gorgeous cakes .. looks great dear
for the first time u really did very well gr8 job
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Padhu said...

Wow Looks fantastic!

Silence Sings said...

Thanks Foodlovers and Padhu...

Foodlovers, I will surely visit your blog.....

Raka said...

ore baba korechho ki....shanghatik to....envyinggggggggggggggggg.....

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Ramya Manja said...

Cake looks Yummylicious..Well Presented with a perfect click...

Vrinda said...

Came out perfect on ur first attempt...me too posted my first fondant cake long back,i too lov to play with fondants...
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Silence Sings said...

@Raka,
Bari esho baniye debo..:)

@Daisy Blue,
Thanks for visiting my blog too...will surely grab the opportunity.....

@ Ramya and Vrinda,
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comments....

SathyaSridhar said...

Wooow,,dear cake looks perfect.you dont believe me yesterday only i baked cake and decorated with marshmallow fondant first time i tried it came out okay but not perfect.i dont know the decorations what to do with my fondant if i come across before i should hv tried the tips from ur's.i missed out dear,,soo sad of me.but,,anyway sure will try next time.thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep on smiling.

Ana Powell said...

Awesome work.
Fabulous photos.
Keep up your delightful work, very profesional.
Excellent presentation x

Rookie Qookie said...

Was browsing through your posts and pics..I must say both the write-up and the Cake touched my heart n tummy :) Keep up the gud work... There are so many formats of writing as in personal blogs, short-stories and novel etc just to name a few...I wud highly recommend you start writing more...dont waste the gr8 talent u have :)