Wednesday, March 30, 2011

X the Owl

My daughter loves Mister Rogers. Our DVR has over 12 hours of Mister Rogers on it. So for her second birthday, she decided that she wanted an X the Owl cake. I decided to do a larger decorated cake (not Mister rogers themed) and a little sculpted X the Owl.

I am not one of those pastry chefs who is a master of sculpted cakes and fondant, so this was a bit of a challenge for me. I am much more into baking simple things that taste delicious. Anyway, I thought I'd give this sculpted X a whirl cause I knew how much L would love it! I decided to go with rice krispie treats instead of cake. I formed them into the shape of X and covered him with fondant. I used store bought fondant and several different colors of gel paste food coloring. This was my first attempt at sculpted rice krispie treats, and I think he was just adorable. No one ate him, and it took me forever to throw him away cause he was just too cute!

The word fondant in French means "melting". Fondant is made from gelatin or agar and food grade glycerin which creates its dough-like consistency. It can also be easily made at home with melted marshmallows and powdered sugar. Rolled fondant, which is seen above and used to cover cakes, is rolled out like pie crust, but with powdered sugar or corn starch instead of flour.

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