On the Thursday evening before the Saturday wedding I went to Micheal's craft store as I read they had the best selection of Fondant. Fondant is what separates a professional cake maker from the peasants. It's the cakes you see that are smooth, smooth, smooth covered with that thick layer of white perfection. Unlike a cake you'd make at home with knife marks from the can frosting (at least my cakes). So I asked a sales person what I would need to make this Fondant wedding cake and she said "a class in working with Fondant" (hmmm ain't nobody got time for that.) When I told her the wedding was in two days and that I had never worked with Fondant before she said she couldn't help me and walked away, really!?! So I picked out 3 giant pans, some boxes of fondant (which felt like bricks by the way) cake mix and went home to get help! If you have ever worked with real clay you know how hard it is, well that's Fondant, it has to be rolled out until it's thin and on a flowered surface so it doesn't stick, I used my entire dinning room table and dusted it with flower as this cake was going to be 3 fat layers and feed 100 people.
Once rolled thin putting the Fondant on the cake layers is fun and not too hard and decorating was the same. The cake was a big hit. That was a few years ago. Since then I have made a few smaller Fondant birthday cakes and last month my husband and I decided to make another fairly big one for his Moms birthday. And this one we would have to drive from CA to Arizona. Craziness!
I couldn't decide on a theme, every cake needs a theme, until I saw a lot of purple Fondant at the store and she's a Vikings fan so purple and white it was. Let the cake making begin! (FIY, staying up until 2 AM making a cake is not a good idea when you plan on hitting the road at 6 AM for a 9 hour drive, just saying.)
It kind of came out looking like a hat!
And of course you can't be a great hotel room without a fireplace!