That’s right, folks! I have conquered my fear once and for all. I don’t suppose that it was much of a fear, now that I think about it. After all, who in their right mind could live in fear of something as delicious as fondant?!
Still, this sticky, white icing that comes in the form of dough is something that has stymied my baking for almost two years. The first time I tried to make it, my confidence got the best of me. I had just finished up the “perfect” batch of the sweet stuff and was about to transfer it to my cake when it sloughed off the rolling pin and on to the floor. I was heartbroken and I couldn’t imagine what I had done wrong. I followed all the steps, you know, and it was from that day forward that I lived in fear of having to use fondant.
Until today. Today I decided to come to terms with this rather irrational intimidation so that the ghost-fondant of my past will not come to haunt me when I make He-Man and Nam-Eh’s birthday cake. I chose to do some extra homework this go-around and I found some wonderful resources that I would like to share with you.
This is an old-fashioned applesauce cake which was covered in home-made buttercream icing and topped off with some not-so-scary marshmallow fondant. Click on the aforementioned components to see where I figured out how to make them. I must commend the maker of the marshmallow fondant tutorial. Not only did she make it look very easy from start to finish, but she is also has tutorials for some of the coolest gluten-free food I’ve ever seen! (Seriously, you’ve got to see her recipe for a cauliflower pizza crust!)
By this point, you might be thinking to yourself, “Why is this a PSA? This is just rambling about some stupid cake and irrational fear if icing,” to which I answer: because you should be afraid. Now that I have wrestled one of my demons, there is nothing to stop me from attempting more and more recipes that call for fondant. Not to mention the fact that I still have TONS of fondant and buttercream waiting for me in the fridge. Does anyone have a suggestion for what I should try next? Does anyone have any irrational baking fears?
Until next time,
Claire – Fondant Slayer