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Decorating By veghed Updated 19 Jun 2010 , 6:49am by tastyart

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veghed Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 1:22am
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I don't know if I belong here...you guys are amazing.

I did not see a forum for newbies, so I will put my questions here.

The search that led to me signing up here started with my daughter saying that she did not want a fondant wedding cake " 'cause fondants taste terrible" (I've never had any). I thought there must be a decent tasting fondant recipe out there and started looking. I heard Satin Ice is a very good product and, eventually, that search led me to one of the topics in your forum.

I have absolutely no cake decorating experience.

Questions:

Someone suggested a marshmallow fondant. Is this as versatile as regular fondant? The recipe seemed easy enough, but I heard that marshmallow fondants crack. Which is the best?

Do I need to use a special cake recipe for fondant? (It seems heavy)

Where should I start to learn about fondants and decorating? I want to jump in right away and maybe frost some shortbread cookies and try by had at fondant.

Thanks

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msulli10 Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 1:37am
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You might want to consider taking a Wilton course or two at Michael's or AC Moore. They have a class on fondant and gumpaste. It's a great way to start learning. You will also learn unbelievable things from many experienced decorators on this site.
By the way, welcome!

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tastyart Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 1:39am
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Oh, and welcome to CC! You're gonna love it here.

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veghed Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 1:55am
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I have a great cake recipe that I would like to use. It's vegan and I would like to use it if possible. Maybe I could start out with cupcakes?

I found a marshmallow fondant recipe in the recipe section on this site, so I am going to try that one tonight. It did not say anything about needing a gum paste. *shrugs*

The satin ice didn't seem to need one either...at least on the tutorial I watched on the SI website. The baker just used water. But she was frosting cookies.

I will be probably asking a lot of dumb questions, so I guess I should apologize ahead of time for that. icon_redface.gif

Thanks for the welcome.

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tesso Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 1:55am
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hello..and welcome to your new addiction !! icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif

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poohsmomma Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 1:57am
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If you-or your daughter-doesn't like fondant, there are some absolutely gorgeous buttercream wedding cakes here on CC that might inspire you.

several by tonedna:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1711013
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1501089
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1547111
and from Indydebi:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1417802
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1277276
this one from cakesbymomandme
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1698920

If you are able to find a Wilton class-or some other cake decorating class-near where you live, that might be a good place to start.

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veghed Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 2:07am
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Originally Posted by tesso

hello..and welcome to your new addiction !! icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif




Thanks...I think it may just be.

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veghed Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 2:09am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by poohsmomma

If you-or your daughter-doesn't like fondant, there are some absolutely gorgeous buttercream wedding cakes here on CC that might inspire you.

several by tonedna:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1711013
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1501089
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1547111
and from Indydebi:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1417802
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1277276
this one from cakesbymomandme
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1698920

If you are able to find a Wilton class-or some other cake decorating class-near where you live, that might be a good place to start.




Those are beautiful! Someone else suggested a class too. At first, I didn't want to go to the trouble. But I think I will.

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veghed Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 3:54am
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I don't think I meant to say "gum paste" earlier. I think what I meant was the frosting layer that goes between the fondant and the cake.

Gum paste is something else, right?

(Told you I was new)

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tastyart Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 6:49am
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Yes, gum paste is used to make flowers and other decorations. Between the cake and the fondant is a layer of buttercream, or ganache. I do the buttercream myself.

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