I am all birthday caked out. My daughter Etta turned 4 on Monday, and she's only been anticipating her birthday since, oh I don't know, a few minutes after turning 3?? And, by the way, she's pretty convinced she'll turn 5 next week. She is NOT understanding my explanation of a year! I started out all patient and kind with my words, and now I'm so exhausted that I just say, "Etta! A year is a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long time. You will feel like you are 4 forever. And p.s. Christmas is far away too." (Even though OMG no it's not.) As a kid, I always thought it was so weird that my mom didn't seem to care about her birthdays BUT NOW I GET IT.
Alright, birthday pessimism aside, I really did enjoy making her Rapunzel cake! I had never worked with fondant before and I was terrified. However, I found by using lots of powdered sugar to help roll it out and keeping what I wasn't using covered with a damp towel, it was pretty easy to use! Of course, I have not mastered making it look smooth (I also don't have any fondant tools), but for this cake I was lucky because I was scoring the sides anyway to make it look like a tower. I used white fondant and then sprayed the cake with this Silver Color Mist. I used colorful fondant and a little fondant mold for the flowers, vines and birds. Then, I used a tube of yellow frosting for her hair.
One thing I would have done differently - more buttercream inside! No one really likes to EAT fondant, and I found when I cut the cake the fondant took the buttercream with it. I would have sliced each layer and slathered buttercream inside to ensure each bite had enough.
Finally, I followed this recipe for the cake.
Have great weekends!