A Pantone Birthday Cake
I'm making a cake for a dear dear friend's birthday this Thursday, and he happens to be obsessed with color and design. A couple months ago, I was in Urban Outfitters (more for their nifty gifts and gadgets) and came upon this book, Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You. It's really just a book you can flip through that tells you your specific Pantone color and your personality and all that jazz. Anyways, when I was thinking up ideas of what to make for the birthday cake, this Pantone idea came to mind. You do have to play around a bit with fondant and getting the right color, but if you have friends or family that's really into this stuff, it would be super neat for them to receive something like this.
A couple of tips - before even putting the fondant on, make sure your cake is smooth. (See, mine wasn't and you can totally see that.) What that means is:
- Make sure you crumb coat your cake, and actually, I would go further and frost your cake again to ensure all the sides are smooth. When you put the fondant on, any bumps or uneveness from your cake really shows especially if your fondant is rolled thinly.
- Which brings me to my next point! I don't think I bought enough fondant to work with, so I rolled mine out super thin. Now, that's good as no one ever wants to eat too thick of a layer of fondant, but the thinner the fondant layer, the less forgiving it is at hiding flaws, which may have been on your cake from frosting it unevenly.
- Also, and this is important throughout your frosting process, keep your cakes cold - it's easier to cut, frost, and decorate that way. I put my cake in the freezer for about an hour before putting the fondant on it.
I'll put the recipe out for the birthday cake later, but it's the same one as the birthday layer cake from Milkbar, only I added a tad less sugar to it and doubled the frosting recipe.
Making this cake was really just for fun. I make a lot of decorations with fondant at the bakery, but we don't really do fondant cakes like this, so it was nice to play around with.