Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cricut Cake and Fondant

Hi Everyone!

We survived the Birthday Party!!
6 pre-teen girls, 1 hotel room, 1 bathroom, 1 Husband, and a Mall- Oh My!!
The girls were great and I only lost my temper a few times.  The husband came along to help keep things under control- and he was great!  I thank God for him that he is able to keep me calm and make me laugh when I get stressed out!

The other day I showed some pics of a few things I made for the Birthday party.

I made some goody boxes for all the girls.
Boxes-design by Lori Whitlock
Mustaches and Glasses- design by Jamie Kaoy

These were filled with candy and were opened and consumed within about 10 minutes!

For the cake, I decided to use fondant instead of buttercream frosting- because I wanted to try something different.
I had never decorated with fondant before because I've always been a little scared of it.  I bought a box of the pre-made stuff and it tastes pretty darn nasty.   Really- why go through the effort if you can't even eat it!?!
I was pretty excited when I came across a recipe for Marshmallow Fondant that said it actually tastes good.  So-- I decided to my own fondant- which was surprisingly easy!

Here's the recipe:
I bag of mini marshmallows
4 Tbsp of water
Microwave in 30 second increments (stirring each time) until it is melted
Mix in 1/2 of a 2 pound bag of powdered sugar.
sprinkle the remaining powdered sugar on the countertop and knead into a ball.
While kneading, gradually add/knead in 1/2 cup Crisco.
Knead until it forms a nice, smooth elasticy ball of sugary fondant goodness.

I got the recipe from a video on My Craft Channel.  You can watch it HERE.

After I made the Fondant, I covered it tightly and stored it in the refrigerator for a few days until I was ready to decorate the cake.

I busted out the Cricut Cake that I got for Christmas.  Poor little Bug has been stuck in the box for months!
Isn't it cute- all shiny and new!?!

Using the Cricut Cake to cut fondant is so simple.  Fondant is just like paper (except it tastes better!).

A few tricks to getting good cuts:
*Roll your fondant out to No More that 1/4 inch thick.
*Use fondant that is cold- or refrigerate your rolled out fondant before trying to cut it.  Cold is good- think of cold fondant like heavy cardstock!
*Use a medium layer of Crisco on your mat.  You want enough to make the fondant stick to the mat, but not too much that it will slide around.  This is probably the trickiest part of using the Cricut- but once you figure it out, it's no problem.

*If you have a little powdered sugar or any other imperfection on your cut out, a little tiny bit of water will fix it.

I let my cut outs dry out for about 10 minutes before I put them on the cake since I was putting them on the sides of the cake (I didn't want them to slide off!).  I adhered them to the cake with a light layer of butter cream frosting and a little water.
*If you are covering the whole cake with fondant, the cake must first have a thin layer of frosting.  This will give the fondant something to "stick" to.

The finished cake:

It even tasted good!!

So- now to start planning next years party!  (I think I'll wait a little while!)

Linking up to Sarah Hamer Designs (Pink Cricut) Link Up Tuesday
A Bowl Full of Lemons 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You did an amazing job!!!! I bet the girls had a blast!
    TFS :)

  2. Your boxes are so cute and the cake looks so yummy. I don't think I would have survived all the activities so losing your cool a few times was really good. :-)

    Precious Hugs

  3. Julie, I really thought you had a cake decorator make the did an amazing job. Sounds like evveryone had a great time. The girls will remember a Mustache party for years to come. Just make sure to have pics to show their future Everything looks great.

    Have a great week!
    Dee B

  4. Thanks for the tutorial!!!! I need it! Maybe I will take mine out of the box ;)

  5. I knew my bestie would find me in my big old blog mess....haha!! Love, Love, Love the party theme!!!! Everything looks so cute and delicious! Happy Birthday girls!

  6. Wow! This turned out amazing! If it taste even half as good as it looks it must have been fabulous!

    I can't wait to see what you do with that new Heidi Swapp paper you picked up at Archivers!


  7. Oh my gosh, that cake is amazing!! It looks so yummy!! And the boxes are just fabulous!! What a fun theme for a party :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. absolutely fabulous cake and treat bags--ha! I guess 10 minutes is long enough before devouring them!

  9. Ok so i am just seeing this post now!! i found it because you left a comment on jamie's faceboook about the cricut cake machine. i used homemade marshmellow fondant on my daughters cake last year, the cuts didn't turn out the greatest. I will have to try the tips you have for my daughter's cake i am making this year. your turned out super cute!