Tom Cake | Colorful Birthday Cake For Boys | Tom Cake For First Birthday | Two Tier Fondant Cake
It took me hours to color, cut, assemble and complete the 2d fondant figure of tom but the end result was fabulous I was so happy as I got it perfectly the in my very first attempt. Like always I left it on counter top to let it air dry overnight. The climate was so lovely and it was raining non-stop with a light a very satisfied heart I left to sleep. And next with so much enthusiasm I went to check the art piece and then knew disaster had hit. Heard about how climate could cause trouble while working with fondant and that was the first time I experienced it. Yes fondant had sweat a lot and turned out to paste and my whole tom figurine had melted away. I tried refrigerating, though I knew it was irreparable. And never refrigerate fondant models in such a case, as once you pop it out of the refrigerator it will sweat even more badly! I was so lost!! But still on a positive note I had a day left to work again. So I started working again with a litte frustration but lot of hope and made another 2 d tom. And to my biggest disappointment this tom ended the same way too! Now I didn't want to waste away my effort and fondant next time. Again I made the fondant figurine and let it dry in an air conditioned room and yes it was much better, it didn't dry much but stayed as it was :) Finally that was the solution!! Work in a temperature controlled room i.e. an AC room!!!
When the climate turns humid, wet or there non stop showers or rain, work in an air conditioned room. A lesson learnt!
And as my figurine could not stand on its own (only dried fondant figure will stand obviously) I had to provide a support and used a piece of cardboard to make it stand. You can even use bamboo sticks or ice-cream sticks also. I mixed some fondant in water and used it like a glue to stick the 2d hand-cut figurine to the cardboard piece. Then I stuck it to the top tier with a small piece of fondant.
About the cake it was a two tier cake. The bottom was a dummy and the top tier was a 2 kg chocolate cake. The mother was very specific that she wanted a colorful cake for her prince and so went with the following design. She was so much satisfied and sent me a very positive feedback :) After all the hard work that's all you need :)
I covered the top tier with dark red fondant and then covered it with multi color stripes. The stripes have to be perfect from top to bottom else there will be too much visible flaws in the cake. The width should be uniform all through. I did have difficult moments while working on this cake as it was still raining. But working in an air conditioned room saved me from a lot of disasters. When working on a dummy make sure to decorate them beforehand so it will save a lot of time at the last moment.
Will soon post a tutorial about how to make a 2d hand cut fondant figurine. For now do check out the cake pictures.
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