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Basic Fondant Techniques taught by Elisa Strauss

Build a sweet and solid cake decorating foundation with acclaimed cake designer Elisa Strauss in this free beginner fondant mini-class.

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Category Cake Decorating
Occasion Birthday
Type Sculpted
Material Modeling Chocolate, Gum Paste, Fondant, Buttercream
Style Classic, Innovative, Colorful, Rustic
Dorothy Swanson on

Do you sell this cake? Yes
Name of website or online shop: Parr Creek Custom Cakes and Bakery

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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this cake: I was asked to make a family tree cake for Dorothy. Funny because that is my name too! But I had to put it on the smallest cake pan I had. 6 x 6 Well I did it! First I made the tree trunk and branches out of modeling chocolate by piping it onto a cookie sheet. Using several different colors blending them together. Praying that it would work. Before it started to harden, I used my exacto knife and started to carve the tree itself. Adding more chocolate to define the branches and the trunk I was able to get what I wanted. I let it set for several hours. I took fondant and made three banners for her three children and weaved them into the three main branches. added more chocolate to set the banners in. I then used thick butter cream in three colors to make the leaves. This gave it more dimension. I let it set in the refrigerator over night to set. I made Apples to signify the grandchildren. I put their names on each apple with black food coloring. (using a very small brush) I used small flowers for great grand children and a butterfly for the only great great grand child. So Happy 80th Birthday Dorothy. I hope I live to be as old as you. And to think I put all this on a 6x6 cake.

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05/06/2014 Flag