I need to cover some very small cake molds. The pan was purchased from amazon:
The cars have very small details on them. I originally planned to cover them with fondant, but I'm not sure how I possibly frost them with buttercream without losing details. I've also considered covering them with candy melts or a chocolate ganache that I could just pour over the top. If I went that route, though, I wouldn't be able to "paint" details on the cars with food coloring as I would with fondant. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thank you so much!
You can paint on chocolate using cocoa butter and powder colours.
AI would cover with ganache made from colored candy melts and add fondant details. [IMG ALT="cake covered in buttercream and vanilla colored ganache...ganache made with candy melts....knobs were mashmellows with holes cut and covered in colored ganache."]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/2110542/width/350/height/700[/IMG]
This cake was covered with candy melt ganache, nice and shiny , great for a train.
I'm new to decorating cakes, but I really enjoy it and want to get better. Thank you all for the great suggestions. I did decorate a set this weekend with buttercream and froze them. I tried poured fondant, but it just didn't look good. I think maybe I didn't have the fondant thin enough as it didn't run off the cars, just "gooped" up on the sides. Maybe I should try again and make sure its melted well before I pour. I think I'm getting stuck on wanting them to look perfect but my hubby had a good point in that it's a kids cake, and should be fun, not perfect. I will bake another set tonight and try the candy melts. I do have animals that I made out of fondant that will be "riding" in the cars also, so I don't want the cars too flashy or it'll just be "too much" I think.
Thank you all again for taking the time to answer, this site has been incredibly helpful to me in my new cake endeavors! I will let you know how the candy melts worked out (fingers crossed).
"........ I think I'm getting stuck on wanting them to look perfect but my hubby had a good point in that it's a kids cake, and should be fun, not perfect. I will bake another set tonight and try the candy melts. .........""
That's very wise of him, as these are simply adorable. What kid would not like them?
ps: You've got to start someplace, you'll learn and expand your knowledge and your skills with time and practice. I look forward to seeing the next batch...... good luck.
If you search Cake Central you will find another thread on this train cake mold. I think the other poster applied fondant to the inside of the mold to make a fondant shell, and then painted/decorated it. HTH :)
I'm not absolutely sure from your explanation, but it sounds as though you applied the poured fondant icing to frozen cakes? That would be why it "gooped" up on the sides - the frozen cake would chill the icing really quickly.
That said, I found poured fondant a real challenge to get to the perfect consistency. I've done cakes where I've poured the icing slightly too warm to give a good (but thin) coverage over the entire cake, and then let the remaining icing (also what I've scraped off the bench that ran straight off the cake - but de-crumbed) cool a little more and re-poured this icing to get a thicker coating. I've never been a 100% happy with the coating (but I use rolled fondant usually and I'm a perfectionist), but hey, these were beehive cakes and this icing type was specifically requested. I won't be showing the photos though!
The other possibility, if you need a poured icing is to purchase the commercial premade poured fondant, or the powdered fondant that you mix yourself.
Sorry I forgot to say that I think your train and carriages are great, perfect for a child's party. My kids simply don't have "flashy" or "too much" in their vocabulary, particularly when it comes to edible sweet things.....
I did search, but didn't see anything. I'll definitely try searching again should I ever use these molds in the future!
Thank you all for all of your help and suggestions, they were greatly appreciated! I tried the poured fondant again and tried candy melts as well, but they just didn't show the details on the cars the way I wanted. That may have been more the fault of the cakes themselves (I tried both a pound cake and regular cake)? I ended up using the cake molds with icing just to highlight them and having the chocolate cake show through.
It definitely didn't look like a professional's cake, but it was only my 3rd attempt at decorating a cake so I was happy with it. The kids really loved it and at the end of the day, they're the ones I needed to impress, right?
I also read lots on this site and tried my first buttercream transfer for the smash cake (pic attached). You're all very helpful and it was incredibly nice of you to take the time to help me make my nephew's 1st birthday cake. I had a lot of fun making it and hopefully someone in the family will need another cake soon LOL.
Thank you all again!
AThose are very cute. Love the transfer on the smash cake. Did you make the gumpaste toppers or did they come in a kit?