My dear friend Peg’s little boy Rush turned 1 this week, and his party was on Saturday. She emailed me this picture and a few questions about where to go to get all the things she might need to make the cake (the theme for the party – a play on his name – is Rush Hour). I answered her and then in the form of a question that may have seemed like an optional offer, basically told her I was coming to help. 🙂
She had actually made the fondant from scratch the night before I went over to help (quite ambitious I thought, but definitely a way to make sure it tastes fresh), so when I arrived we tackled the task of coloring and rolling the fondant out. A few lessons learned: 1) Wear gloves when you are coloring…and the method that seemed to work the best was to pull fist-sized pieces off and incorporate the color by folding and tucking the fondant in itself (sort of like making bread). 2) Use LOTS of cornstarch. TONS. You’ll see in the pictures that follow why this is important! Also, you can wipe it right off when you are done just with a dry paper towel. 3) Don’t be afraid of the boxed cake mixes. In fact, go right ahead and embrace them. Especially if you are trying to do all this in your “free” time while working a full time job. Betty Crocker knows what she is doing, and the wow factor is really in seeing the finished product anyway!