Kathryn Poduska from The Sugar Turntable
here today joining us for a month long series on
The Basics of Cake Decorating
Please welcome Kathryn ~ I hope your inspired!
Have you seen a cake with a smooth, porcelain finish and wondered what kind of cake it was? It’s a fondant cake, and you are probably seeing more and more of them around. Shows like ‘Ace of Cakes’ and ‘Cake Boss’ have contributed in ushering in an era of fondant, but they have also added an element of intimidation to the process. How many times have you seen Duff pull out a power tool and thought, “This is way beyond me”? If you learn the basics, it strips away some of the mystery and you find that the art of fondant cakes is not only possible, it’s easily self-taught.
While this may not mean much to you yet, it soon will.
Following is a list of tools that you will need. Most of them are under $6 and can be purchased at craft stores such as Michaels, Joann’s, and even Walmart:
straight edge knife
fondant (click here for recipe if you want to make your own)
dowels (for multi-tiered cake)
cake drums (optional)
Don’t be overwhelmed if these tools sound unfamiliar. I will explain and show you what they are throughout the tutorials.
The beginning of a cake is really one of the most important parts. Following these guidelines will give you a good base for your fondant. (Because, if your cake leans like the Tower of Pisa, no amount of fondant is going to hide that.) Lets start with the baking.
I mentioned leaning cake earlier, and if you don’t level your cake that is exactly what you will have. This is a very easy but important process.
1. Use the right pan
2. Use parchment paper
3. Cook the cake evenly
1. Completely cool cake
2. Use a leveler
3. Cut the dome off your cake
4. Repeat for all layers
Now get to baking!
(If you are more of a visual learner, you can view the video tutorial here.)