Birthday Cakes – What is Fondant Icing? We answer your questions

Birthday Cakes – What is Fondant Icing? We answer your questions

Birthday Cakes – your questions answered: What is Fondant? Birthday Cakes can be created using many different types of ingredients.  In this post we answer all of your questions about FONDANT icing. What is Fondant? Fondant is a type of icing used to finish wedding and birthday cakes.  Traditionally it was only ever used for wedding cakes or Christmas cakes (usually a fruit cake) with a layer of marzipan (a dough made from almond meal) underneath. Here you can see the layer of marzipan underneath (yellow colour) and the fondant icing over the top.  If you are interested in a bit more ‘wedding cake’ history here is a great article. Today fondant is extremely popular on both wedding and novelty birthday cakes for it’s perfectly smooth finish.  It is literally a sugar dough which can be kneaded and rolled (much like playdough) and even sculpted into figures.  It’s a very versatile medium that can be made into any colour. What is rolled fondant? Rolled fondant is what I use for my cakes.It is a manufactured product that is literally ‘ready to roll’ when you open the package.  Once out of the packaging, the fondant is kneaded, rolled out with a rolling pin until smooth, placed over the cake, trimmed and smoothed. You can see on this cake the fondant is ready to be trimmed. What is fondant made of? The main ingredients in fondant are sugar and water.   It also usually contains ingredients like gelatin and glycerin to make it soft and pliable. What does fondant taste like? Fondant tastes very sweet – like a soft sweet, chewy...
Birthday Party Ideas – 7 Places to Host a Kid’s Party (you don’t have to clean up!)

Birthday Party Ideas – 7 Places to Host a Kid’s Party (you don’t have to clean up!)

Birthday Party Ideas! 7 Places to Host a Kid’s Party (and you don’t have to clean up)…. If you are looking for some new ways to celebrate your child’s birthday but don’t want the mess (and hassle) of hosting a party at home, you’ve come to the right place! Here is our Top 7 List of Places to Host a Children’s Party: 1. Farm Birthday Party Pony rides, animal feeding and cuddles from baby animals – what could be more fun than a farmyard party?  At Trevena Glen Farm, approximately 35 minutes from Brisbane CBD, you can host your own farm party. Set on 25 acres there is plenty to do from bottle feeding lambs to bumpy hay rides.  Bring your own cake and party food and enjoy a fantastic day out!     Check out this post for more Farm Birthday Cakes and ideas. Why this is a great party: plenty of opportunity for cute pics with the baby animals 🙂 Here is a recent Farm Cake we created with matching cookie pops: 2. Indoor Rock Climbing Party Looking for birthday party ideas to suit ‘all types of weather’? What about indoor rock climbing? Check out Rock Sportsin Fortitude Valley and Logan City.  They offer kid’s party packages where you can climb for 2.5 hours (that should wear them out!).  They also offer self catering which is a great option to keep your budget on track or you can order ahead for a pizza party. Why this is a great party: burn off all those sugary lollies and wear them out on the climb! 3. Skirmish Party Action...
Birthday Cake Ideas – Adventure Time!

Birthday Cake Ideas – Adventure Time!

Birthday Cake Ideas – Adventure Time theme! Adventure Time is a quirky, animated kids show created for Cartoon Network. It features main characters Finn (a human boy) and his best friend (and adoptive brother) Jake (who is a dog) and a host of other crazy characters. It’s one of those kids shows I don’t mind watching myself – it’s very funny and a bit different. So I was really excited when asked to come up with some birthday cake ideas inspired by the Adventure Time characters. The customer wanted Jake the dog to be the main cake. To start, I covered the cake board in green fondant icing. Jake was created by hand carving into 3 layers of butter cake, covered with buttercream icing and finished in yellow fondant. Fondant is like an edible playdough. It is made from sugar and can be moulded into almost any shaped. Fondant creates a perfectly smooth surface to work, can be coloured into any shade and is one of the most versatile ingredients to work with and for all of these reasons, is my preferred medium create with. When the cake was covered it kind of looked like an egg or a beehive! Once the base was finished it was time to decorate. I finished Jake’s face and arms and then I started to add some characters. The first is Princess Bubblegum. She is made entirely by fondant and is fully edible: Then the Ice King character was next. He took the longest time to create out of all the characters as his beard and teeth were so fiddly as was the...
Childrens Cakes – 4 popular designs that are sure to please!

Childrens Cakes – 4 popular designs that are sure to please!

Childrens Cakes 4 popular cake designs for children With so many choices available for party themes – the decision can be overwhelming! Here are 4 of our most popular party themes and our matching cake designs: 1. Under the Sea/Octopus Party You may remember this design from way back here. This design was based on my son’s 1st birthday cake. In this version, the cake was created for 2 little girls so I adapted the octopus to look like a girl and added in some pink. As you can see, it’s a versatile design great for a boy or girl. 2. Barnyard Bash/Farm Party Kids love animals – so it just makes sense that ‘farm’ would be a popular choice for a party theme… For this cake we made these gorgeous matching cookie pops in cows and pigs – too cute! Cookie pops are great to serve with the party food or send them home as a ‘thank you’ to the guests Here is another larger, 2 tier farm design perfect if you need more servings: 3. Teddybears Picnic Party Such a cute theme! And once again easily adaptable for a girl or boy’s birthday. Ask all of the guests to bring their favourite teddy and get ready for some fun! We created these adorable matching teddy cookie pops….too cute to eat: 4. Candyland Party!! What child doesn’t love lollies, candy and chocolate? You’ll have fun too creating a candy wonderland! Here is the ultimate Candyland themed birthday cake to match the party: If you love today’s childrens cakes don’t forget to check out this YouTube video for more...
3 Princess Cake Designs – any little girl will love

3 Princess Cake Designs – any little girl will love

3 Princess Cake Designs…for the little girl who loves all things princess by Robyn Bent What little girl doesn’t love a princess cake?  A princess themed cake is one of the most requested for little girls and you can see why when you take a look at the options available.. Step inside the magical world of the princess cake….. One of the very first cakes I ever made for a paying customer was a gorgeous princess castle cake.  Today, the castle cake is still a popular design – I have even made them for some ‘not-so-young’ princesses! With edible turrets, tiny handmade flowers, hand painted vines and  chocolate fondant castle doors, your little girl will be thrilled with all of the edible details. This castle cake is finished in fondant icing and dusted with edible glitter for that finishing princess sparkle. Castle cakes can be customized to any colour – pink, purple or another favourite colour.  Larger cakes with a second tier can also be created to accommodate extra servings for a bigger celebration. No princess is complete without a tiara………an edible tiara! This fondant finished, 2 tier cake comes complete with an edible, handmade tiara that has been dusted in silver to add extra sparkle.  The top tier of the cake has a classic quilted effect, while the bottom tier features candy pink fondant stripes. Matching princess cupcakes You can even add some matching cupcakes to your cake.  These crown cupcakes are finished in buttercream icing and topped with  pink and silver fondant crowns: Barbie Doll Princess Cake The last of our princess cake designs is the classic...
Photo Cake – Moshi Monsters

Photo Cake – Moshi Monsters

Photo Cake –  with Moshi Monsters edible photo image by Robyn Bent Today’s featured (edible) photo cake was for a little girl’s birthday..actually it was a party for twins.  You can see the other cake from this post: Monster High Sheet Cake This sheet cake was finished in creamy buttercream icing coloured green.  The buttercream was piped all over the cake to make it look like grass. I next added an edible image of the Moshi Monsters characters and created a border around the edible image from little hand made fondant flowers and leaves.  The design was finished  with a fondant rainbow in the top corner. It turned out to be a really bright and fun cake. I also created some matching photo cupcakes with the Moshi Monsters name and the birthday girl’s favourite character, Buster. The cupcakes were iced in buttercream with the piped ‘grass’ and topped with a circle of fondant displaying the edible image. At Dreamy Cakes, we can create edible photo cakes in any theme or character.  If your child has a favourite t.v character that they love – we can turn it into a special birthday cake. Give us a call to discuss your next birthday cake order 0405 136 562 or email: mail@dreamycakes.com Visit us at our new Google+ profile: Dreamy Cakes...