I made this cake for my niece Allyson's 9th birthday. It looks pretty okay here, but after transporting it to my Dad's house where the party was held, it started melting in the crazily hot and humid weather!
The fondant went all wet and soft and started sliding down the sides! It was awful. I had no choice but to pop it into the refrigerator and took it out just minutes before it was time to cut it. Once you put a fondant cake into the fridge, it's destroyed, because when you take it out, the sudden temperature change will cause condensation on the fondant surface. The fondant will then absorb this moisture and turn into gunk!
So anyway, luckily it was still reasonably presentable when it was candle-blowing time.
The lollies are not real lollies. I made them from gumpaste a few days ahead. I just twisted ropes of coloured gumpaste with ropes of white gumpaste and rolled the rope up into spirals. Then I stuck in disposable chopsticks. These were left to harden for a few days.
The cake was a plain madeira cake with custard filling. I think that was another mistake, to have a water based filling like custard instead of an oil based one like butter cream. The fondant must have also absorbed the water from the custard. Thus, the resulting gloppy glue.
The birthday girl is one of those rare kids who is not fond of chocolate!! That's why I came up with the madeira cake with custard filling. I think I'll just stick to good ol' chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream in the future!
I absolutely love food and I adore all things beautiful! So what else could possibly surpass gorgeously decorated cakes, cookies, pastries and such? They're beautiful, and even better, they're edible! Therefore, I have decided to teach myself baking and cake decorating and I shall document my attempts on this, my humble blog. Wish me luck!