I’ve always had a curiosity about working with fondant and gumpaste. I finally found the time to do a little bit of experimentation and take the Wilton Gumpaste and Fondant Course at Complete Deelite. The course mostly deals with gumpaste flowers and how to cover a cake in fondant which was a good introduction into the versatility of the different substances. I’m not much of a flowers person, but the beauty of the course was we didn’t HAVE to complete a cake covered in flowers for our final class. As long as we were creative with the fondant and gumpaste, we could do anything as long as it was on a fondant covered cake. After a lot of umm’ing and ah’ing I had 2 different ideas I threw at Bethany for a choice. She chose this:
The brown is a chocolate fondant and gumpaste 50/50 mix. He took around 2 to 3 hours to create but I have to say it was so relaxing and so much fun the time just flew by. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of making him. He took several days to dry, not helped by the humidity we’ve been experiencing.
I was undecided how to incorporate him with my final cake until the day of the last class, and even then it wasn’t until I had put down my fondant over my cake I decided what I wanted to do.
My final cake ended up looking like this:
What do you think?
Bethany adored it. Here she is with her ‘real’ giraffe and the cake. She also enjoyed eating it. I have a kid who likes fondant… whadaya know?!