Happy Birthday Barbara!

Happy birthday, Barbara!

Barbara is teacher who is also very artistic, excels at calligraphy, and is very involved in Israeli dance. For her birthday, I made a fondant top to her cake in the shape of a blackboard, with a piece of chalk, a pencil, and stickers to reflect her teaching background. I added in a fondant sticker about Israeli dance, plus a palette and brush, and a calligraphy pen and paper to indicate her other interests.

I opted to make the cake and fondant cake top separately, since not everyone likes the taste of fondant, and I wanted to avoid the “I can’t cut into it” syndrome.  The fondant was on a piece of foiled wrapped cardboard that was suspended over the buttercream frosted chocolate cake (I cut lollipop sticks down to a height slightly above the cake, placed them in the cake, and they held up the fondant cake top. When it was time to serve the cake, the top came off, the sticks were removed, and the cake was cut.

Another advantage was that I had lots of time to work on the fondant, and I made the cake later so that it was super fresh at the party.


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10 Responses to “Happy Birthday Barbara!”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Fabulous idea to make the fondant separately! (Sometimes, fondant-covered cakes taste so stale. Ick!) Your decoration looks absolutely fabulous.

  2. Rochel @ barefootandcooking Says:

    I love the concept. I generally hate working with fondant because most people complain it’s too sweet. I’m going to have to try this.

  3. Bubbe Says:

    This is amazing !! everyone at the party could not get over this incredible design . The cake tasted yummy too !!!!

  4. Dvora Says:

    Beautiful!! Love all the detail!

  5. Yolanda Rangel Says:

    I would like to know how to make the pencil.

    Your cake looks favoulus

    • pragmaticattic Says:

      Thanks, Yolanda! Here is how you make the pencil: Take a real pencil and set it near your work area. Take your fondant and your gel colors and make a fondant ball for the body of the pencil, which will be an orange-sh color, a much smaller piece for the tip of the pencil, which will be a pale beige, a small piece for the lead, which will be almost black, and a a small piece for the eraser, which will be a grayed pink, and a piece for the metal that wraps around the eraser (grey/silver or gold). Experiment with your colors until you get the right tint for your fondant pieces. Roll the orange piece into a log, and try to flatten the sides the way that a pencil is shaped. Shape your eraser piece into an eraser shape and press it into the end Make it longer than you think it should be because it will get shortened when you wrap the “metal” around it. Take the grey or gold piece (the “metal”) and roll it out into a flat strip. Roll the real pencil’s metal piece over the strip to emboss it. Trim the edges and wrap it around the eraser and pencil. To make the tip, take the piece that you colored almost black and roll a very thin log–you are making the pencil lead. Shape the wood colored piece of fondant around it to make a cone, but leave some “lead” showing. Attach the cone to the top of your pencil. Now, all you have to do is add luster to the metal part and you have a fondant pencil.

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