Sunday, April 14, 2013

Butter almond pound cake

I am getting ready for the Easter Holiday.  I always make my stuffed Italian Bread, 3D Easter Cake, and of course colored eggs.  I usually make a full Easter dinner but this year we are going over to the Cherry's house during the day.  I will have a small Easter dinner that evening.

I made the Bunny Cake. The cake is a butter almond pound cake.  To make it a little more festive for the holidays I added some colored sprinkles.   I am also making some Humming Bird cupcakes with brown butter, Butter Cream. 

I had some butter almond pound cake batter left over from the bunny cake so I made some cake eggs.  I covered them in Vanilla Ganache and added some Fondant flowers.  The Chief had gotten me a whole kit of cake decoration tools and this was the first time I was able to really use them to make all the flowers.   
Fondant Recipe.  I have found that purchasing Fondant was very expensive.  For 21 oz. of Fondant costs $21.00.  Making that same amount costs $2.00, Big difference.  It's worth the extra work.  I also have to say that my homemade Fondant taste so much better.  
You will need
1 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of unflavored Gelatine
1/4 cup of very cold water
2 tablespoons of Shortening
1 tablespoon of Glycerin 
1 teaspoon of Clear Vanilla
1 teaspoon of Clear imitation Butter flavor
1/2 cup light Karo corn syrup
2 pounds of powdered sugar (sifted)
In a small bow add the Gelatine and water.  Stir until it becomes thick. 
Worm the thick gelatin in the microwave until worm.  (do not let it boil).
Add the corn syrup and worm a little more 
Add shortening, vanilla and butter flavor.
Stir until everything is incorporated. (the perfect texture is very slimy looking).
Put four cups of powdered sugar in a bowl and add the mixture. 
Stir together until everything is incorporated. 
Place the Fondant on a clean dry surface and incorporate the powdered sugar a cup at a time until you have a very nice firm texture.  Not too dry and not to we.  Then you can add food coloring to it.  I suggest using the jell flood coloring because it will not alter the state of the Fondant.   
 The cake decorating tools.  
 Some flowers made out o the fondant.
I will have all the finished results over the next few days.

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