I am *hoping* to make my own graduation cake for this Saturday. I graduated from nursing school so want to do a themed cake. I want to do a 2 layer. I saw some awesome pictures of stethescopes,hats, pills, bottles and a cap made from fondant. I've never even worked with fondant before. Any tips/ideas/help?? MMF fondant the best to use??
Just wanted to say Congratulations! I just graduated from nursing school today!!! I was going to make a cake, but I think I'll wait till I pass boards...I have to make a wedding cake for class in less than a week and I'm already caked out!
I was going to make one for graduation rehearsal yesterday but there were already enough desserts on the list. The plan was to take my nursing cap and trace it onto paper. Then use that as a template to cut the shape out of a 1/2 fondant 1/2 gumpaste mixture and fold it up like my cap. I was then going to add "ribbon" the same as our school color ribbons and put it on top of the cake.
Good luck with whatever you choose and be sure to post it!
Working w/fondant is similar to working with play-doh! You'll love it...so easy. To practice I would just purchase some Wilton fondant before trying to make MMF. It's easy to work with even though it tastes horrid. That way you'll have an idea of what you're shooting for when you make MMF. They sell packages of pre-colored at Michael's or wherever so you can experiment with making your nursing stuff. Congrats!
i agree with ladybug. it probably would be best if you bought some fondant and worked with it first before making your own. if you're planning on making medical items out of it then no one is probably going to eat it anyway so the taste shouldn't be a factor. but i would recommend using half fondant and half gumpast mix. using straight gumpaste dries way too quick and fondant takes awhile to dry so using a 50/50 mix is usually just right so you don't have to rush what you're making and you don't have to wait for it to dry.
Congrats ladies!! Always nice to welcome new people to our exciting line of work!!
MMF is super easy to make (especially if you have a stand mixer) and its cheap too. Its very pliable and elastic. I really like it alot, I worked with it before I bought Wilton's fondant. It surely tastes worlds better!! Have fun practicing!
And good luck with your impending careers!!
It will be easiest to model the items with the wilton stuff.... it is so great to work with it just tastes lousy! But the items you listed probably wouldn't be eaten anyway.....I would go to your closest craft store and buy the wilton fondant and gumpaste premade. mix it 50/50 (for the cap for sure) and then go at it.... Have fun and congrats!!
i made this one using satin ice fondant. i did the decorations as i put the cake together, and did not add gumpaste to them. for the pills, i used good and plenty candies, cut in half and stuck together. the bandaids, gauze and stethoscope are straight fondant. the bandaids are strips cut to shape, and a toothpick to prick the airholes. the gauze is just rolled up white fondant (i should have impressed it with lines) the stethoscope, just rolled out fondant and circles cut and stuck together- then painted with colors and luster dusts.
Is there a recipe for 50/50. I just made some "Fondant for sculpting" from this site. I colored it and it is resting. So I am excited now that everyone says its easy, like play doh! Does it turn out shiny...or do I need to put something on it to make it shiny?? Also, what do I use to write on things (pill bottle,etc) ??
Thank u all so much!
Make a ball of gumpaste and a ball of the same size of fondant. blend them completely and there you go....I don't know how to do it with powder.... sorry.
if you have tylose powder, you can also mix a tiny bit in to the fondant, and it will basically do the same thing as mixing in gumpaste. only difference is that you dont have to make a batch of gumpaste and wait several hours for it to be ready.
I don't have any tips but wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on graduating from nursing school! I love my job!!