Chocolate Layer Cake with Pumpkin Pastry Cream and Maple Bourbon Buttercream

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To finish off my 4-week long fondant cake decorating class, we were tasked with making a cake to cover in fondant and bring the uniced cake into class.  Seeing as Halloween was later that week, my class decided pumpkin cakes would be fitting to make as our final cake project.  Continue reading

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My Journey to Fondant Enlightenment…Wilton Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant

For four weeks straight, I feverishly and relentlessly toiled away with gum paste and fondant to construct beautiful, vibrant, and – with any luck, and a lot more practice – life-like flowers in my Wilton Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant cake decorating class.  Yes, this four-week long class taught me to make roses, mums, calla lilies, daisies, and many other flowers.  It taught me how to mold, manipulate, and roll fondant and gum paste, and I learned how to work quickly with it before it started to dry. (I also learned tricks to help prevent it from drying when I am working a little slower.)  It all culminated last Tuesday in the grand finale – covering a cake in fondant!  I will briefly chronicle the 4-week long journey to fondant enlightenment, in “picture-book” fashion…Let us begin…

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