For a person like me who is more of a "doer" than a "planner", getting my hands at things works better for me. Yesterday, I finally completed the fondant cake for my daughter. Since last month, I have been planning and practicing on the fondant toppers - hello kitty, doraemon, roses, flowers, ribbon bow, angry birds, etc... Finally, I did Blossom from Powerpuff girls :p The only reason is, it is easier to make 2D Powerpuff girls with the tools I have :D Originally, my girl requested for a My Little Ponies cake, which was too challenging for me :D We negotiated and she requested for any cartoon, and if I could make Powerpuff girls, she would be very happy.
The hard work started from early morning and lasted for about 4 to 5 hours. I baked the chocolate cake, using the recipe here. Thank you very much to Everybody Eats Well at Flanders for this yummy recipe. The cake is moist and light, plus it is not very difficult to do. I can understand why it is her favorite recipe :)
As I do not have very much fondant left after practicing over the 3 weeks period, I baked a 6" cake. It is a good idea as it's the first time I made a fondant cake, so small cake will be easier for me to handle. Under the fondant is a very thin layer of chocolate buttercream, just to crumb coat the cake and make sure the fondant adhere to the cake. I rolled the fondant too thick, and did not realize until we cut the cake :p
As all mothers will say, all the hard work and effort is worth it when you see your child's smiling face :) My girl jumped with joy when she saw the powerpuff girl :) At least the cake got the girls all excited - they went "wow, so cute!" at Blossom :D
It is really fun working with fondant, but at the same time, it is very tiring. I think it's a good idea to buy ready-made fondant if you are attempting it for the first time.
Happy baking! :)