No, no. Not a cake for the birds. But a bird cake for Gemma’s first birthday, which was bird-themed. Steph chose an invitation and we used it as inspiration. It was 2 tiers, the bottom being lemon-poppyseed filled with the traditional and oh-so-delicious lemon curd (sort of my trademark flavor), and the top tier was butter chocolate with fudge filling.
I didn’t get the background color exactly like I wanted it, but here is what I tried this time that I have never done before: homemade-marshmallow fondant (MMF)! I HATE that Wilton fondant (it smells and tastes like kerosene), but this fondant tastes ok (like marshmallows and powdered sugar), is easy to use and really was easy to make.
It worked great for rolling out the shapes, which I “glued” on with a conservative brushing of almond extract (makes everything smell wondrous and evaporates quickly) and Gemma seemed pleased with it at her party at the park over the weekend. She picked off and ate the small dots.
Gavin and Hunter preferred the fondant to the cake, which is good because Gavin’s cake is going to have lots of it this weekend!
Oddly enough, this is not the finished cake Image (above right). I actually went back and piped twirls and swirls and polka-dots onto the leaves. Oh well.
This is because I love you, Gem Gem!…Nonna
NOTE TO SELF: Practice fondant! Find the Tootsie Roll Fondant recipe…
pictured: the invite; the cutouts and an over-the-top view; me kissing Gemma at her party and the cake in an almost-done state.