When I looked into how much the cake I wanted would be, I side-eyed every quote I got. You would have sworn I was celebrating her Sweet 16 instead of a 7 year olds party. Then I figured I like to DIY a lot of shit so I thought to myself, “Why not DIY a cake?” It didn’t help that my husband was egging me on to make it myself also.
Normal parents would pay for the party location if, it isn’t at home, then purchase a cake. Well I’m only partially normal. I paid for the location of the party but decided I was going to use my kid’s birthday cake as my fondant experiment. Oh yeah but did I mention how much I dislike the sweetness of fondant and initially didn’t want the cake to be made with fondant? So I got to work!
I baked my cakes, frosted them the day before the party. The day of the party I had to add the fondant. Now, I didn’t go into this blindly. I figured why not watch a few YouTube videos and see how it’s done. After watching a few videos, I fist bumped the wall and told myself, “Girl you got this!”
I woke up early that morning and walked my happyass downstairs to my kitchen with confidence oozing out of my pores. I pulled the fondant out of the packaging and touched it and it felt like tough dough. It wasn’t dry but it was tough. In every YouTube video I watched, the people handling the fondant made it seem as soft as fresh play dough but I kept on going. Took me what felt like forever to roll the fondant out but I did it. I should also note that, when working with fondant you must move quickly or it’ll dry out. After I rolled it out, I added it to both cake layers. That part involves a lot more concentration, in my opinion, because you want to make sure it sets correctly.
I decorated the cake with a bunch of fondant stars and created a free hand ‘Star Wars’ banner. I messed up on the ‘R’ in ‘Star’ but at that point, I was too far in to give a shit. I continued on until I was finished.
While doing this I learned a few things:
-I still dislike the sweetness of fondant
-don’t use fondant on a wood cutting board (it sticks and sucks to try and get out)
– you don’t have use fondant to achieve the fondant look (found this out later)
– I strive to be a perfectionist and need to cut that shit out
When I finished the cake, I disliked it. I disliked it because I felt I could do better. I contemplated tossing it out and not even letting the kid see it but then I remembered that I don’t believe in wasting food. My kid on the other hand didn’t give a shit about all of the imperfections that I saw. All she saw was the Star Wars cake that she wanted and that made me happy. Check out the pics below!