Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Birthday Bug Theme Fun

Two years ago now (hard to believe) we celebrated my son's 3rd birthday with a "Bug" theme - We used different colored fondant - also used some plain white that we colored with food coloring- here's our little "how to" :

Treat it just like play-dough - roll it into little balls and then shape it however you like. I rolled out a couple of long strips - placed them together, one on top of the other- and then rolled them up in a spiral to make some of the cutest little snails ever!

We used cookie cutters to cut the flower shapes and the frog as well. It is so much fun - you can't loose! Oh, one tip we learned the hard way is that you don't want to use tootsie-rolls in the bodies or eyes - or at all- turns out that they melt! You can however use other fun candies to make any bugs you like!

 Lay them out ahead of time on a tray and practice putting them together- you can save them in the refridgerator overnight covered with plastic wrap- then after icing your cake- just transfer your little critters to their new home!

I have recently learned that fondant can be left out to keep any moisture off because that is not a good thing with fondant. If I have to keep it overnight and I have an iced cake- I'll wait to add the decorative fondant pieces. They are made of powdered sugar, marshmallow, and Crisco- so you can just cover with plastic wrap to keep off the air.

The point is- anything you can shape out of play-dough....... you can shape out of fondant! I posted an easy fondant recipe on Adventurez In Child Rearing - I'll have to dig it up and post it here as well.

Have Fun!


Orange Paisley said...

I'm impressed! I made a cake for my son's 4th birthday. When he blew out the candles he told us his wish, "I wish for a better birthday cake!" I don't think it is my area of expertise!

Jackie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the cake you made your son. I used to make fancy cakes for my 3 also. Your boys are adorable. I'll be sure to check in on your blogs from time to time.

Megan said...

Oh my gosh, this is SO absolutely adorable!! I can't believe that you made that!! You definitely have talent!

PaisleyJade said...

That cake is amazing!!!