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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wilton Fondant and Gum Paste Class

 I took another Wilton Cake Decorating class this month; the Fondant and Gum Paste Class! It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. I learned that gum paste dries to a stone, hard lump if left exposed to air and it's not tasty to eat. Store bought fondant will also dry into a hard lump that you really don't want to chew on either. 
  On our first night we made this wonderful Bow to put on the top of the cake.
  The following week we made some gum paste flowers. A Rose, a Carnation, and a Calla Lilly. I could work a bit more on the carnation, and it was more purple when created, but dried an off color.
  The third week, we made a mum flower, but it looked more like a mini artichoke than a mum. At least that was my opinion...  And we made some pretty daisies. Love them!
  For my final class, we had to bring in a cake and decorate it with fondant. I asked my daughter what she might like for a cake and she asked for an Angry Bird cake. I was going to make Angry Bird pops and just add them to the cake, but then decided that since this is a Fondant class I should make all fondant decorations. So I did :)
  For the cake I made my own marshmallow and white chocolate fondant. It stayed soft and pliable (i.e. edible) for 2 days, while the store bought was hard. Think dried out play-doh.  I loved how the cake turned out, but I don't think I'll be making any full sized fondant covered cakes in the near future. Just too much work! 
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