my first big cake - help?

by eva
(redwood city california)


I'm trying to make a 3 tiered graduation cake. I don't know whether to use fondant or just icing.

I also wanted to know if it would be possible to make fondant with a hand mixer. I don't have a stand mixer and I don't know if I can get one in time. The cake is for a party on June 12 and this is my first time baking a really big cake.

Any advice?



From the editor:

Hi Eva,

You can make marshmallow fondant without a mixer. The fondant can actually be kneaded by hand. It just take s a little longer. You basically pile the powdered sugar in the middle of a large, clean work surface and make a well in the center. Add the melted marshmallows and water and gradually knead in the powdered sugar, a little at a time, until you have smooth fondant.

There is another solution:

Frost the cake in buttercream and add decorations made from modeling chocolate. Modeling chocolate is easier to make - no mixer required, and it tastes better than fondant. It's also easier to work with, since it doesn't dry out quickly like fondant, so you have a very long working time.

Good luck and don't forget to take lots of pictures so you can come back here and share your cake masterpiece with us.

Michelle (editor)

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Oct 23, 2015
great comments NEW
by: Funderburk

Cake baking is not the work of adventure. It’s so easy to bake. You have to make your first cake of chocolate chip because the chocolate is an ingredient that is very tasty and delicious. So you should try again with using chocolate. We are provide writing essay services for your assignment work.

Jun 03, 2010
modeling chocolate
by: Anonymous

Sounds great, but how do you make modeling chocolate? It is just for decorations or it is another way to cover a cake (like fondant or buttercream?)


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