Tonight is our Valentine's banquet for my sorority. I am set to bring mashed potatoes. Typically i bring a dessert but not tonight. Well, actually...
I decided to bring a dessert anyway. I have never worked with fondant before and have been desperately wanting a reason to try it. So, it being a major holiday and such, I baked a red velvet cake in the shape of a heart. Using a serrated knife, I rounded it off to make it pretty. Then, I iced the cake with cream cheese icing (yum) and put it in the fridge to set up.
I then worked the fondant into a nice, gooey ball and powdered the counter top with powdered sugar. (The powdered sugar adds to the sweetness instead of detracting from it.) I rolled the fondant with my rolling pin and laid it over the cake. Smoothing it down wasn't too bad. On my little six inch practice cake, I tore the fondant and didn't really know what to do. I guess I should have rerolled it but I just covered it by piping over the crack with the cream cheese icing.
In the end, I think my cake turned out well. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. The only thing I will do differently next time is to use more cream cheese icing underneath the fondant. The flavor and textures were a little unbalanced without the extra icing. But it still tasted great. Not bad for my first try.