hey, im mandy.
my sister is turning 17 on tuesday and im making her a birthday cake for wednesday. the cake is going to be a les paul epiphone electric guitar. or whatever its called..... she is an awesome musician and she got the guitar for christmas last year. i saw a few guitar pics in the gallerie and i found one that i want to duplicate. but i wondered if you guys had any tips for me.
also im making a wedding cake in a few weeks with fondant. has anyone used MM fondant? if you have how does it hold up? which is easier to use , store bought or home made? or which one is cheeper?
thanks for the tips and the help. =)
tip #1 bake your cakes early.
MMF the best way to go and the cheapest.
I use MM fondant all the time... it works great... I just covered a wedding cake with it today...
MM fondant is way cheaper!
This is what I do:
16oz mini marshmallows
2 TBS liquid (I use vanilla for part of the liquid)
2 lb bag of powder sugar
Crisco for greasing
Grease a microwave safe bowl, add marshmallows and the liquid. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir with a greased spatula/spoon. If completely melted add about half of the 2 pound bag of powder sugar and stir. Add about half of the remaining powder sugar, stir slightly and dump out onto a greased counter. Using greased hands begin to knead and pull together the fondant, adding more powder sugar as needed till it is no longer sticky. Form into a ball and grease the outside, cover with plastic wrap and store in a ziploc bag.
$1.25 for Marshmallows
$1.75 for powder sugar
Shortening and flavoring are likely less than a dollar combined for the ammout you will use.
So for about $4 you can make 2 pounds of MM fondant... Versus Wilton which would be $6.75 and REALLY nasty or Satin Ice for $11.99...
I made the cake in my icon with MM fondant. It was easy enough to make and work with, and tastes decent. I did find that if it starts sticking to everyting when you're trying to roll it out, stick it back in the fridge for fifteen minutes and go calm yourself down in a corner (I got VERY upset, you see!) and then try again, and it'll be fine.
I'm sure people here know a lot more than me, though; I just did this one cake with fondant so far!