My niece had her golden birthday, the theme being a Princess Ball at the beginning of October and I was asked to make her a princess cake. So of course I said "oh I can totally do that!" and immediately asked Michelle if she wanted to help:)
It called for us to use fondant-which neither of us has ever worked with let alone made!
Yikes...thankfully while we were in Jo-Ann Fabrics a lady in the aisle advised us NOT to buy, but to make it. She gave us a bunch of tips that really helped us out-Thank You fondant lady from the Jo-Ann Fabrics aisle;)
So here she is!!
She also wanted to have some cupcakes for the other princesses.
So here is a little breakdown of how we made the fondant.
I'm using "we" rather loosely cuz Michelle basically did that part herself!;)
She says use only name brand of the above ingredients but we made a mistake and all we had left was some store brand powdered sugar. That batch turned out awesome...so I'm not totally convinced of the name brand thing!
First you put down a generous layer of shortening.
Sift 1 2lb bag of powdered sugar into a mound and make a well in it.
Place marshmallows in a large bowl.
Microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 mins-watch it carefully-we had a run over!
Cover your hands well with shortening!
Pour melted marshmallows into the well.
Start folding the powdered sugar.
Folding, folding, folding...
Now its starting to take shape.
Next, roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Roll onto rolling pin in order to make laying it over the cake easier.
Then lay it out evenly over prepared cake.
Smooth it out to the cake's shape, careful not to get wrinkles.
Detail work on our princess cake: Diamond pattern using a ruler for straight edge and sharp knife. At each point we added a edible pearl.
We made large fondant pearls for borders on each tier.
We added some sprinkles and a crown to top off this pretty "little" princess
The birthday girl requested chocolate and strawberry as the flavors.
Bread pudding with the flavors of a caramel apple....Mmmmyum!
This recipe was so easy and cinnamony-delish, even better to be topped off with the caramel-nut sauce! The recipe is another from my go to baking cookbook Better Homes and Gardens
Old-Fashioned Home Baking. Which was the very first cookbook I ever purchased, from my Uncle Joe's store, when I was 14!;)
So this looks yummy right?!
I made it for my hubby's birthday breakfast-
he marked it with stars saying he wanted to try it!
How easy was that for me right!
Here is the ingredient list:
2/14 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. vanilla
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
2 c. bread cubed
1 6-oz pkg. dried apples
I used fresh-one whole apple
Caramel Nut Sauce
In a small saucepan melt 1/4 c. butter. Stir in 1/2 c. packed brown sugar and 1 T. light corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Stir in 1/4 c. whipping cream. Return to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped pecans. Serve warm-makes about 1 cup.
The rest of the details will be included in the printable recipe.