It was our son - John's 1st birthday yesterday. We had a surprise celebration at T's office with his colleagues, followed by a small celebration at home. J loves his bear puppet, so I thought it would be nice to have a bear figurine on the cake. Peek-a-boo!
J loves banana so much, save me times thinking what cake to bake (thanks ah yi for the idea too). The banana cake was baked in a 9" square pan, then trimmed into number one shape. Yeap, it was a small cake. I used turntable as cakestand (as in photos), J seemed to be more interested in the stand than cake!
Here is the fondant recipe I used for this cake:
Ingredients (9" x 9")
150 g liquid glucose
50 g glycerin
2 tbsp gelatin
25 g shortening
60 ml warm water
1 kg icing sugar, sifted
- In a microwaveable bowl, mix gelatin with water and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
- Stir in glucose, glycerin and shortening.
- Mix well. Put in the micro on high for about 20 seconds, take it out and stir well. Then put in back into micro for another 20 seconds.
- Stir well. Mix 3 quarters of icing sugar with the liquid to form soft "dough". Add more sugar if the fondant is sticky.
- Keep fondant in an air-tight container overnite before use.
- For covering the cake, roll out fondant to about o.5 cm or a bit thinner and lift it up with the help of a board.
- If you don't have the professional tools like me, trim the edges with what you have. I used scissors, knife and even a pizza cutter (best tool!).
- Try to leave some allowances on the edges, you can always trim a bit more if it is too long or too big.
- I am a beginner with fondant, do share some tips and good recipes with me!
If you have been following this blog and wondering how's John doing.... here he is!