I have been having a crazy-busy spring/summer season! Lots of travelling and hosting guests who've come to tour NYC. I've also been filling baking orders, but have been on such a time crunch I was never able to photograph and blog about them. This time, however, I tried something new and decided to share my experience: Fondant.
I have been afraid of fondant and dreading the day I had to use it. Finally, that day came and I reluctantly purchased the necessary tools to make these cow cupcakes. I have no idea when or how I developed the idea that fondant was a messy, sticky, difficult substance to work with, but I could not have been more wrong! It's pliable, not terribly sticky, and FUN!!
These cutie cows were favors for a birthday party. I was shown a picture to work from, and it was clear that the only way to accomplish this design was to use (in my opinion) the F-word. Fondant.
Unfortunately, since I have family visiting from Buffalo, I was not able to photograph each step involved in putting these together. I wanted to be efficient and still spend time with my guests.
To that end, I bought pre-made white, black and pink fondant from Michaels. I also used candy eyes and black decorating gel for the snouts.
To begin, I rolled out the white fondant. I made pretty thick discs and next time will make them thinner, since there's really no reason to use so much when topping a cupcake.
These are the tools I used to cut the shapes:
I used my graduated circle cookie cutters and matched the size of the head to the size of a cupcake. Next, I used a smaller circle for the pink "snout" area. After cutting the snout I used my fingers to press it onto the white head, forming it into an oval shape. I used the smallest cutter from a "Fondant Flower" set from Michaels Craft Store to make the spots on the cow. Certainly, you can make all kinds of different spot shapes, but I decided to be a little more uniform in the design, though I randomly placed them on the head so no two cows would be the same. :) The smallest circle cutter was for the ears. I cut circles and then pinched the bottom of the circle together for a 3D ear effect.
I assembled them in this order:
- Large circle head
- Pink circle snout pressed onto the head
- Black spots randomly placed on the head
- Pressed in the eyes (which didn't stick very well, so I dabbed some black gel underneath them to act as a "glue".
- I rolled bits of white fondant to make a "snake" sort of shape for the horns. I placed them underneath the head and pressed the "forehead" area down into the horns to make them stick.
- I rolled pink fondant on top of black fondant and then cut circle shapes with a cutter. I pinched them into an ear shape and used the same "sticking" method as the horns to make them stick to the head.
- Random smiles, smirks, and nose dots on the snout using the black gel.
- I left them on a cookie sheet overnight to dry.
The next day I made vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream icing.
I placed a dollop of buttercream on top of the cupcake and then pressed a cow on top:
And that's it! The process took about 2 hours of rolling, cutting, shaping and placement. I had fun doing it and can't wait to try some more new designs with my new friend, fondant!! :)