Saturday, August 1, 2009

taylors cake

my friend asked me to make her daughters 3rd year old birthday cake. i made her 2nd birthday cake last year so i am glad to know that she really did like it because she decided to come back. the theme was lady bugs. did you know that you have to use an entire container of red paste to make half a batch of fondant red? well you do. the problem with that is that it made the fondant a really weird texture that was very fragile and shiny. but in the end it looked okay. happy birthday taylor, we can't wait to come and party with you! here it is...

for the cake i used this recipe with i changes by adding 1 1/2 cups of milk in stead of the 1 cup.
it is super good and fluffy and moist. i am very happy with the recipe.
for the fondant i've always used this recipe. i have never had a problem with it until the red color. i usually substitute corn syrup of the glucose and put 3 tablespoons of water in instead of 1/4 cup.
here is the recipe i had come up with that is my favorite for icing.
white frosting
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons milk
4 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon meringue powder
a pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large spoon full of vanilla betty crocker icing
cream shortening, butter, vanilla and milk together. add dry ingredients and mix it well. add a spoonful of betty crocker icing and mix it for another minute until nice and creamy. if you don't have meringue powder, you may leave it out. it is to make your icing creamier and have a better texture.
i find that betty crocker icing has a yummy flavor that you can't get anywhere else. i think a small amount of it gives a homemade icing a great homemade but different taste.
candace- if you would like to use it for piping flowers just don't put as much milk in. (like start with only half the amount.)


Stacey said...

That is so adorable. You are so crafty!

nap time journal said...

That is one of the cutest cakes ever! Great job and super cute....I want some :)

SewMuchAdo said...

Stupendous! I think I'm gonna try and make a fondant cake for Wyatt's b-day this year again, but definately make my own fondant, that way it might actually get eaten. I love the lady bug cake, you really take the cake Ang (pun intended).

Christine Peterson said...

haha Abby that was funny. Let me tell you it was delicious!! So pretty, Taylor loved it! Everything Angie makes is so perfect and pretty. Would it be weird if I asked you to make my own personal bday cakes? lol. Thanks again ;)

Lahni said...

That is so freakin' adorable. You are soo making Denny's b-day cake!

The Harker Family said...

Yes, it was even more gorgeous in person!!! Angie you should start a cake business. It was very yummy too! I also absolutely adore the cake you made for Taylor last year. Chrissy and I stared at it for about a half hour last year before everyone came to the party because it was so beautiful. Seriously! Ha, ha, ha!

Kyla Beth Hornberger said...

so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

I love love love that cake! so cute! the ladybugs are so cute are the fondant as well? I love my clip board and avery loves it too. i put coloring book pages on it and she carries it around like an inspector of sorts. I actually took it to the hospital not for work related events and i got a lot of great comments on it! Thanks again. Holly

Anonymous said...

Can you use the white frosting recipe for decorating the cake or is it too soft??? I just made a cake with buttercreme icing and i found it too soft for piping flowers with it??
candace kingston
cute cake angie

whitney said...

Cute cake!
I have never attempted home made fondant, but really want to. So I have a few questions for you if you wouldn't mind.
How does this recipe taste?
Do you have to use the 1/2 cup glucose syrup, or did you say you substituted corn syrup?
Have you ever tried flavoring it with anything other than vanilla?

Francis Family said...

Angie that is so cute! Good job! I also love every single one of your cakes.

Renee said...

cute cake!!!!Great job and super cute..thanks for sharing..

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