July 20, 2010 at 10:32 am , by nicole
Neither Devon nor I had ever made a cake before. While we were very excited to spend the afternoon learning about Ace of Cakes Chef Duff Goldman’s new baking products, we were a little hesitant to do it ourselves. The Astor Center in New York City was set up like a kitchen with hundreds of personal cakes waiting to be covered in buttercream fondant and frosting. We were given the choice of chocolate, vanilla or yellow cake, and handed an apron to aide us in our first semi-professional cake decorating pursuit.
With the Food Network star only a few steps away, we struggled with the first simple step of merely placing the fondant in the microwave to soften it. Luckily, the cake master himself didn’t see us! Instead of just ten seconds in the microwave, it took about thirty-five, and from there it was a piece of cake! Rolling fondant is a lot easier than we thought. After a few attempts, we learned that small imperfections can easily be reversed with a smidge of water, a touch of frosting or Chef Duff’s edible cake tattoos–the kind parents would prefer to the real ink! We opted for the flower patterns over the animal prints and other graffiti inspired designs.
In less than an hour, our finished cakes looked like they could be displayed in a bakery window. With just one flower-shaped cookie cutter and blue sprinkles, our black and red fondant cakes bloomed to life. No one would have guessed this was our first time!