So, true confession – I have been avoiding fondant. I mean, its not that I don’t appreciate all the creativity that fondant lends itself to, but I just have a thing for buttercream. Its my first love, and I just wasn’t willing to cross that line over into the world of fondant… until this cake. The person specifically requested a ‘fondant covered cake.’ Even though I mentioned ways to do a hybrid cake covered in buttercream with fondant accents, they wanted fondant, so I had to face the fondant – no more running! I certainly didn’t think that my first foray into the world of fondant would be with a Monster High cake. I had vision of a pretty cake design with flowers maybe, but I ended up with skulls, stitches, and black hearts for my initial fondant endeavor. Funny how things happen that way. Perhaps its because of my indifference to fondant that I ended up doing such a ‘dark’ cake for my first fondant design. I figured that if I was going to play with fondant, that I would go all in! So I said a quick prayer and decided to fully commit to making my first fondant cake as good as it could possibly be!
This cake was for a 7 year old’s birthday party. The cake was a pink tinted vanilla cake, with a strawberry cream filling. The accompanying cupcakes were chocolate with a milk chocolate filling and vanilla with a strawberry cream filling. I used the Liz Marek Marshmallow Fondant recipe because I’d read really good reviews on how easy it was to work with and I figured the marshmallows would help the taste. Most fondant doesn’t taste very good, so this one actually tastes okay. I did include a nice layer of good Italian Meringue Buttercream under the fondant, so for people that scrape off the fondant as most people do, they had a nice layer of buttercream for their cake! I also ordered some Monster High accessories to help with bringing the theme to life. I definitely wasn’t at the level of creating fondant figurines for the cake, so thanks to Joann.com, I was able to get some help!
I’m very happy to say that the cake was well received by all, so mission accomplished!
Would I do another fondant cake? Well, if someone specifically requests fondant, then yes… but will I volunteer fondant as an option, probably not. I’m still very much a buttercream girl, however I’m now at least open to playing with fondant from time to time.