Floral Fondant

A month ago I was asked to decorate a cake for a special joint party where one person (my sister-in-law) would be celebrating her 30th and Grandma (ok, technically grandma-in-law) would be celebrating her 90th. Although the only cake I’ve ever iced properly was a Christmas cake for just the two of us a few years back certainly not one that would be seen by 70 people. Who was I to say no to a fantastic lady who credits her 90 years to cream cakes and Guinness.

The first hurdle was to construct the fruit cake. Long story, but I essentially had to cement together 3 fruit cakes, one of which was a top-tier of a wedding cake, to make one cake measuring 25cm square. Then using apricot jam I stuck and smoothed on the marzipan layer and left for a week to dry out.

A week before the party I started on the icing. Probably not the best thing to do given it was the hottest day of the summer we’ve had so far. I watched a video online showing how to ice with fondant to give me a bit more confidence then had a go. All was going well until I lifted the icing up with my rolling pin to transfer onto the cake. I don’t know if it was the weight of the icing or the fact it was such a hot day but lots of tiny stretch marks appeared over the icing. I smoothed it out as much as possible then this is where the purple flowers came in. I used lilac florist paste to make the flowers. I’d wanted the cake to be purple and white because that is Grandma’s favourite colours but the flowers rather than being decorating became a camouflage job.

It’s not exactly how I wanted it, that’s the problem with being a perfectionist, but the main this is that Grandma loved it. It hasn’t put me off cake decorating, I just need a bit of practice. Local cake decorators have nothing to fear right now!

Post Author: Jules

Freelance food geek who's passionate about food education.

0 thoughts on “Floral Fondant

  • Katie

    (August 4, 2010 - 8:54 am)

    I had the same problem with a poker cake I made recently. Loads of little stretch marks all over. I think you need a smoother to rectify this :S

    Still, it’s brilliant for your second attempt. Hats off Jules!

    Katie xox

  • Sally

    (August 4, 2010 - 8:57 am)

    Super-stylish and made with love. No wonder they were pleased.

  • thingswemake

    (August 4, 2010 - 9:08 am)

    Cute! You are brave. Not sure I would dare tackle it. It looks good to me!

  • Petit Filoux

    (August 4, 2010 - 9:27 am)

    Well whatever problems you encountered, it really doesn’t show. It looks absolutely lovely!

  • soclaire

    (August 4, 2010 - 9:30 am)

    Fab cake decoration & it’s lovely how you’ve managed to make something that suited both of the birthday girls!

  • msMarmitelover

    (August 4, 2010 - 10:15 am)


  • sarah

    (August 4, 2010 - 10:55 am)

    I’m impressed. You’re gutsy and it’s clearly paid off. Well done.

  • Ice Maiden

    (August 4, 2010 - 12:36 pm)

    It looks fab! Even the pros hide problems with the embelishments – that’s what they’re there for!! Your fondant probably dried out a bit causing the cracking – it hapens sometimes if you use lots of icing sugar when rolling out. Look forward to seeing the next one :oD

  • George@CulinaryTravels

    (August 4, 2010 - 4:01 pm)

    That is stunning Jules!

  • Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    (August 4, 2010 - 5:47 pm)

    That is very impressive. I have the envy for your decorating skills.

  • Whimsical Wife

    (August 4, 2010 - 6:33 pm)

    Absolutely beautiful, gorgeous and very patient cake!

  • Helen T

    (August 4, 2010 - 6:56 pm)

    Ah, it did turn out beautifully and, as predicted, your grandma did love it and never noticed what you did. In all things in life we should learn to focus on the positives, and ignore the flaws that only we perceive.

  • Nic

    (August 5, 2010 - 12:20 pm)

    Oh wow, that’s gorgeous Jules! Lovely colours too.

  • Chele

    (August 5, 2010 - 6:26 pm)

    What a wonderful cake. Well done ;0)

  • The Curious Cat

    (August 5, 2010 - 6:36 pm)

    I think it looks amazing! Well done! For someone who hasn’t decorated a cake before this is very impressive! xxx

  • Jules

    (August 11, 2010 - 11:00 am)

    Thank you all for your lovely comments.

  • noblenourishment

    (August 12, 2010 - 11:36 am)

    This cake is just precious! It’s exactly the kind of cake I would want if I were celebrating something (actually… even if I’m not celebrating, I want this cake!!) :)

  • Tracey

    (August 22, 2010 - 6:11 pm)

    Í love the cake..it´s beautiful! You´ve made a great job of it. I´m trying to learn and practice cake decorating and would be happy if it turned out even half as decent as yours!! ; )

  • Claire

    (September 28, 2010 - 10:48 pm)

    Great cake, yeah it’s SUCH time consuming work though…I only do it on very special occasions!

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