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Decorating By bellaxo Updated 18 Nov 2010 , 6:18am by JanH

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bellaxo Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 1:52am
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Hi I'm new to this site but I saw it mentioned on yahooanswers by Marialovescakes or something. Anyways.
My boyfriends birthday is at the end of the week and I really want to make him a cake. Specifically, an Invader Zim cake.
I was thinking about making it two tiers. One Zims head and the other, Girs. Marshmallow fondant, chocolate cake, and fudge filling. I don't know if fudge filling would be to sweet? What would I need to buy? How could I color the fondant? This will be my first cake ever, so the more info the better!

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katibeth88 Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 2:15am
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yikes... your first cake ever? and you're going for a two tier?? with fondant???
well.... best of luck to ya! icon_smile.gif
let's see..... first off, you'll need a support system for your two tiers. You can place dowel rods into the bottom tier for the top tier to sit on. Make sure you have cake boards for each tier. Do you have a recipe for marshmallow fondant? Have you made it before? You can either color your fondant before you add the sugar, while the marshmallows are soupy, OR if you only need one batch and multiple colors, you can knead in color after the fondant is already made. I've always used Wilton gel colors, but lots of people on here use Americolor.
Are you making the cake and frosting from scratch or mix?

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bellaxo Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 3:18am
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I didn't even know I'd need a support system! aha, okay so it will only be one cake then, cause I don't think I'm ready for two!! I do have a recipe for the fondant. I'll knead the colors in after, and where could I get Wilton? And I will be making it all from scratch.

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katibeth88 Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 10:02pm
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I can find gel colors at my local WalMart. However, Hobby Lobby or Michaels may have a bigger variety. As far as I know, Wal-Mart only carries Wilton gel colors.

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metria Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 10:22pm
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Some grocery stores carry the Betty Crocker gel colors:


make sure you get gel food coloring, not regular liquid food coloring. That will reduce the chance of your fondant acting weird once added.

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metria Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 10:25pm
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make and color your fondant ASAP. it will keep well until the end of the week if wrapped up in plastic and put in an air-tight container. allow yourself time to get used to working with fondant, or else you'll be up at 3 AM on the due day wrestling with it.

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johnson6ofus Posted 17 Nov 2010 , 1:53am
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Originally Posted by bellaxo

This will be my first cake ever

No one wants to discourage you, but... making a fancy cake, your first time, for a special event is... let's more than a little difficult. And scratch baking, is an art often requiring LOTS of practice all on it's own merits.

-Make a good doctored BOX mix for the cake--- much more forgiving baking for a newbie.
- Layer with a good filling, using an icing dam to hold it in.
- Ice with a good quality HOMEMADE icing/ frosting. You really don't have the time to develop fondant skills by the end of the week. And fondant is double the work because you must still ice the cake, then apply fondant.
- Decorate with premade decorations, again, another art form.

A cake is made with love and care. This one project alone, in it's most simple form described above, is a great starting point for a newbie.

Good luck, and happy baking. Don't expect a masterpiece on your first attempt and enjoy the fun if doing it.

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katibeth88 Posted 18 Nov 2010 , 3:44am
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well said, johnson icon_smile.gif

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paulstonia Posted 18 Nov 2010 , 4:36am
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also add your color to your marshmellow before the powdered sugar, while it's all soupy. it will be much easier to blend. You might have to add a little later to get the exact color but it won't take as long as if you had to do it all at the end.

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Nevie Posted 18 Nov 2010 , 5:18am
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I'm no pro, but here's my two cents.

I started decorating cakes in just the way you describe. I found a MMF recipe, baked a box mix and made a birthday cake for hubby. It turned out okay... not perfect for sure. But I was so thrilled about learning a new skill that I thought it looked pretty darn good! Only later did I realize how far I had to go... and still need to go. I'll post it in my pics for your amusement.

If you want to do this, I say go for it. Be prepared to invest a lot of time into the cake. It would be best to start the day before. Especially if your one tier cake is going to be two layers. It is going to need time to settle or it will bulge at the sides later.

Plan your design (maybe you could buy figurines of the character he likes and place them on top), make a list of everything you need, educate yourself as much as possible and then go for it. But give yourself permission to make a less than perfect cake on your first try. That way, you can only be pleasantly surprised instead of vastly disappointed. I'd love to see the finished product, so please post a picture when it is done. (C'mon now, I showed you mine!)

Wishing you the best!

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Montrealconfections Posted 18 Nov 2010 , 5:51am
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I say make cupcakes and just add some cute fondant decorations, you'll see that fondant isn't as easy as the Cake Boss makes it look. If you want to try a 2 tier cake later go take a Wilton class at Michaels.

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JanH Posted 18 Nov 2010 , 6:18am
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Hi and Welcome to CC, bellaxo. icon_smile.gif

Everything you need to know to make, decorate and assemble tiered/stacked/layer cakes:

The above super thread has popular CC recipes for American buttercreams, several types of fondant and doctored cake mix (WASC and other flavor variations) - and so much more!


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