Special occasions demand cake, and an engagement party certainly qualifies. Although fancy cakes from a high-end bakery might look intimidating to a home baker, you can easily decorate a simple engagement cake just like the pros. By purchasing ready-to-use fondant, you can create a cake that looks special and expensive but doesn't require hours of work.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 2 cake mixes
- 9-inch round pans
- Cooling rack
- Cake leveller
- Cake plate
- Buttercream frosting
- Rolling pin
- Heart shaped cookie cutter
- Pastry bag
- Lustre dust
Buy materials from a hobby store or bakery supplier. Satin ice is a popular choice for easy-to-use fondant.
Make cake according to the directions on the box. Pour batter into well-greased pans and bake until done. Cakes will be done when a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean and the edges of the cake pull away from the pan.
Let cakes cool completely, and remove the domed top of the cake with a cake leveller. Cover the bottom layer with a generous topping of buttercream. Stack the second layer on top, and cover the entire cake in a thin layer of buttercream.
Roll out fondant on a greased surface until it is large enough to cover the whole cake. Lift with both hands, and drape the fondant over the cake. Use your hands to smooth the surface and mould the fondant to the shape of the cake.
Roll out fondant in a contrasting colour, and cut out hearts with the cookie cutter. Arrange the hearts on top of the cake, using a dab of water to make the pieces stick.
Dip paintbrush in lustre dust, and brush it over the entire cake to give it some sparkle.
Fill the pastry bag with buttercream, and add a writing tip to write a message of congratulations to the happy couple.
Decorating the cake
Tips and warnings
- Choose colours that represent the couple. You can tint white fondant by working in a small amount of gel food colouring, as if you were kneading bread dough. You can also add flavouring to fondant with extract.
- Wilton fondant comes in many colours, but the taste is not very appealing; however, it is easy to work with and perfect for making small decorations.
- If hearts are too cutesy for the couple, use a different cookie cutter to get another shape that they like better.
- To make writing on a cake easier, use a toothpick to trace the letters on the fondant before you write with the icing.
- For a more subtle effect, use lustre dust that matches the colour of the fondant. You can also brush only the cutouts with lustre dust. Just "paint" them before you add them to the cake.
- Be sure to use tools that have only been used for food preparation. Don't use a paintbrush that has been used for other crafts.
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