Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Princess Castle 2.0

Okay, so my girl Liv was turning 5 and having a huuge party.  Like epic.  Like bouncy house epic.  So, in lieu of this standard princess castle cake:

 I decided to kick it up a notch!  Here is the final product:

It was huge!  She loved it! I want to talk about a few things concerning this cake. Let's talk frosting!  This is a fondant covered cake.  I know, I can hear a collective groan.  Stop groaning.  This is a fondant  created by Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes.  And it is awesome.  It tastes really, really good and it has a soft texture like a marshmallow.  Like MARSHMALLOW fondant.  It tastes like buttercream frosting.  Trust me!  Just try it.  And it is so much easier to use!  It stretches, it's pliable, it's not sticky, and it covers cakes so much easier.  SO much easier than the stuff that I won't mention by name.  I usually by Duff's at Micheal's with a 40% off coupon. I recently saw the fondant at Walmart, but with the coupon it's actually cheaper at Micheal's.  But how convenient to be at Walmart!

I also textured the fondant using another one of Duff's products.  He has these cool texture tiles you can use on your fondant.  I have a stone set, which comes with two sizes of stone, and a wood set, which also comes with two sizes.

Here's an example where I used my wooden set on a Smurf House cake I made:

Now, let's talk about what's underneath the fondant.   Okay, so, this may be the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a long time.  I was perusing the cake aisle at the grocery store and found icing mix ins called Flavor Creations from Duncan Hines.  At first I was like, "Oh, cool."  That was before I saw the flavors. Flavors like:
  • Caramel
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon
  • Lemonade
  • Fruit Punch
  • Bubble Gum
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Chocolate Almond
  • Chocolate Marshmallow
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Cotton Candy
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Mocha
  • Orange Cream
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • White Chocolate Raspberry
  • Peaches n’ Cream
Of course, I had to try one of them.  I knew Liv and her friends would love either bubble gum or cotton candy.  I opted for cotton candy and just added it to my icing recipe.  It turned the most beautiful shade of blue and it. was. so. GOOD!  I wanted to take out a cup and just eat the frosting.  I cannot wait to try the rest of them!  I saw that during the holidays they have flavors like eggnog and gingerbread too!  Oh, yes!  

Ps.  Bouncy houses can hold up to like 500 pounds, so obviously I got in.  I am expecting one for my 30th birthday party.

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