Monday, January 18, 2016
VALENTINE'S DAY is Just Around the Corner
And to plan ahead, I have to practice what I'm going to do. You might ask, "What are you going to do?"
Well, we're planning a Valentine's Day Dessert party and I want to make sure I have all the desserts figured out in time for the party. So, I wanted to make my Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Cakes. And this is my first one of the season. And, I learned a few things from making this practice cake.
Here's how I started. First, of course, I baked a cake. But then I frosted it very lightly with a buttercream frosting. You could use a store bought frosting for this purpose but I took a package of confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar) and blended it with one cube of softened butter. The reason I did this is because if you're going to use fondant, you're going to have to glue the fondant in place with something edible and buttercream frosting is the perfect glue to use. It's sweet, yummy and -- I'll admit it -- delicious.
Then I started cutting out the pieces of fondant to create a puzzle of cake covering pieces.
I moved my cake to a cake stand using a long spatula. Then I started to edge the cake with candy covered chocolates.
The only problem with these round chocolate candies is that they roll around. So I used a little cookie decorating gel to "glue" the "beads" in place.
Then I started decorating the top of the cake.
Martin Luther King's Day. Maybe this isn't the best way to celebrate but at least I can have my cake and eat it too. ;D
So whether you're honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or getting ready for the next holiday, here's one loving way to do it.