I’ve always said that Mrs. Sayuri is a girl who “knows what she wants”. For her sixth birthday cake, Mrs. Sayuri knew what she wanted her birthday cake to look like. It was to be covered in white fondant and multicolored flowers. She wanted the flavors to be carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
I made ribbon roses as her flowers that were to adorn the top of the cake. I followed this tutorial for fondant ribbon roses and they were very easy to make.
I chose to use Wilton fondant because I didn’t want to try and fuss making homemade. Even thought I had read reviews of it having an unpleasant taste, I chose to use it because it was the easiest option for me. We ended up peeling off the fondant when we ate the cake because it was yucky tasting. I would not use Wilton fondant again, but I will say that it was easy to mold and shape. I liked it’s pliability and consistency. I’ve read that you can flavor it with extracts to improve it’s taste, although I didn’t.
Unfortunately I didn’t have as much fondant as I should have to cover the cake correctly because I didn’t factor in how much fondant I was going to require for the roses and leaves out of how much I needed to just cover the cake. It ended up being too thin and my filling layer of cream cheese was showing through a little as a bulge between the layers. Oh well. I consider it a learning experience.
Mrs. Sayuri loved the way it looked, which was a huge relief to me. She’s saying now that next year (yes, she’s already starting to plan her next cake – maybe she has a future in party planning???) she doesn’t want any fondant. Maybe she’ll change her mind though, it’s only a year away!