Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Can We Build It?

A bit ago I mentioned how Jason and I want to try to do as much of this wedding stuff as we can. We figured we should try to do Bridezilla's cake. Now, we've watched a few episodes of cake boss. We thought we can totally do this! We can mold play doh. Heck, I work with playdoh at least once a week with preschool! And Jason can build anything! This should be a piece of cake! No pun intended. So I began my quest for finding a good cake recipe (that does NOT come from a box).

I came across this "Black Magic Cake". De.lic.ious! It was perfectly chocolaty and smelled yummy!

We filled and frosted the cake with this butter cream frosting . Now, I don't know about you, but I love store-bought frosting. Not the kind in a can. Ick. But the bakery frosting. Mm Mm good. That frosting recipe is like the store's only better.

And last, but not least, we made fondant. Some of you may not know this, but fondant has a bad rep. Lots of people don't like it. Prince Charming doesn't like it either- which is exactly why we wanted to try to make it. You see, Bridezilla ONLY wants fondant. There's no way she's going to settle for butter cream frosting. NO WAY! So Jason and I have to come up with a fondant that we can not just work with, but also have it taste good enough that the Prince will like it. After all, it's his wedding also.

Anyhow, here's a bit of the process:

1. You have to roll and roll and roll the fondant. It's supposed to be 1/8" - 1/4 " thick. And the thickness matters because if it's too heavy, your cake will sink or fall. Not good. In this picture, Jason is using his expert measuring eye to test the thickness. And Rhino's on clean-up duty.
It took us not 1. Not 2. BUT 3 times to get that damn thing rolled to the right thickness AND taken off the counter and put onto the cake. I'll bet we spent an hour and a half rolling and rolling and rolling, and prying, and rolling again.

2. The rest is easy! You lay it on the cake and use a pizza cutter to trim off the extra fondant (so it can be eaten and /or played with later) 3. If you want your fondant colored, you just color a small amount of fondant, then knead it into the rest of the dough. Then, get out your fuzzy pumper and go to town! Ha ha! (you young ones will go what's a fuzzy pumper? Then I'd tell you that it was THE best Play doh toy ever invented.)

Conclusion: We loved making the cake and the fondant, but we're going to leave it to the professionals. I think we'd have to spend about $100 to buy the pans and all the paraphernalia for fondant. That combined with the stress of it all, means we need to find somewhere else to save money. Honestly, this cake making thing interests us a TON. We'd really like to get good enough at it that we could do it on the side or open our own business. We'd also like to do catering...which is our next adventure.

Fuzzy Pumper:
Notice the yellow barber chair and crank on the side. Yeah. That's what I'm talkin' about!

I am well aware that to actually sell our cake products we would have to be a lot better than this. It's just fun to think about!

How about some Cake? Short Skirt Long Jacket? Yeah, I'm glad you all agree.


Nene said...

Wanna make my kids their birthday cakes?! You guys have got some talent!

Panamenos said...

My prior roommate's mom made our cake for a great price. I don't know if she still does wedding cakes or not, but I could ask if you want me to?

Your cake is cute... good job.

Shill and Company said...

Holy smokes...that turned out so beautiful! I love it. You two never cease to amaze me. Way to go. I only wish that I was there to help you guys EAT it. Hubba hubba!!!