DIY Fondant

DIY fondant is so simple to make that you only need three ingredients. Four if you count the food coloring. Two if you consider that the Crisco is only to keep things from sticking. I have powdered sugar and vegetable shortening but I’m fresh out of marshmallows. I just used them all to make marshmallow shot glasses. I don’t regret that decision but I do need to head to the store to stock up on some more so I can make this fondant. It’s the perfect recipe!

There are a couple of wonderful video tutorials and I watched every second of them! I suggest you do the same and read every instruction! Making fondant is a lot like baking bread. It’s time consuming but worth it in the end. There is a lot of kneading. When making this be sure to take your time. There are a lot of variables that go into homemade fondant. (Who knew?) Climate, temperature, consistency, etc. Also don’t forget your apron! This is a messy and sticky treat. Here is another fondant recipe from Allrecipes.com. Slightly different but no less delicious. Yum.

Find the complete tutorial from Cute DIY Projects here…

CuteDIYProjects: Simple Marshmallow Fondant Recipe Anyone Can Use

Fondant Tractor Cake

I’m soooo excited to feature this cake from Rose bakes. She is a baking/cake decorating genius and I’m not just saying that. Her tractor cake is stunning, as is the tutorial. There is a detailed list of ingredients and step by step instructions, complete with pictures. Wonderful pictures! Do you have a little boy in love with tractors and mud? Or even a little girl who is a tomboy? Then this cake might be for you! It’s adorable.

This cake is covered with lots of frosting and lots of fondant! Yum-o. Love love love! There is so much detail! Just look at the tires and the fence! She makes it look so effortless but I’m skeptical that mine would look this amazing on the first try. I would do a practice cake (or ten) before using one for a party or special event. Be sure and not make this beautiful cake to early and definitely keep it at room temp. If you make it more than a day before your event it can ‘sag,’ and if you refrigerate it the fondant will sweat as it warms up. See? I did my research, I’m all about making this cake!

If you are getting excited about this cake and want to try your hand at making your own, be sure and check out Make It And Love It as well.

Find the full tractor tutorial from Rose Bakes here…

Rose Bakes: How To Make A Tractor Cake (Picture Tutorial)

DIY Owl Cake

Um, I love this cake! It looks a little bit like an adorable furby (which makes me love it even more!). Owls are the cutest woodland creature and this cake is no exception. I can’t believe that it is a DIY. It looks incredibly professional but it’s not that hard to make if you follow all the instructions. The steps lined out in the tutorial are wonderful! The pretty pictures are very helpful too. I love the red bow!

I love cake, frosting, and fondant. Who doesn’t love sugar and marshmallows? Fondant is the most fun dessert to play with. It’s like play dough but tastes better! The kids will have fun playing with the scraps while you work. I am going to have to find a ball cake pan. Start out with the cupcake version if the cake intimidates you. Disney Baby has a delicious idea. Find it here

Get the full tutorial from Joyfully Home here…

Joyfully Home: Owl Cake Tutorial

These Cakes Are Too Amazing To Eat

How can people be so creative?! I am green with envy at the talent these people possess. I might have this skill level someday but not yet. I tip my hat to you if you are one of these fabulous master bakers. I would pay good money for someone to make one of these cakes for me (probably the library one). Maybe my guests won’t know I didn’t make it!

The planet Earth or Saturn cakes would be perfect for a kiddos geography or science class. If my kids and I worked together I think we could pull it off. But the snake cake is a no go for me! So scary and real looking. It is absolutely terrifying and I wouldn’t be able to eat it, let alone make it. Check out these other cakes from webneel. They will blow your mind!

Here’s the link to Awesome Inventions’ full roundup…

Awesome Inventions: These Cakes Are Too Amazing To Eat

Pinata Cake With M&Ms

I’ve always wondered how to make a cake like this. Guess what? It’s pretty simple! Don’t believe me? i should be mopping the floor has a great tutorial proving that even the ‘bakingly challenged’ can whip this one out. It is sure to blow ‘em away! Not only does it look amazing, but it’s two fabulous desserts in one. How fun is that?! (And delicious.)

Learn how to make it here…

IShouldBeMoppingTheFloor – Pinata Cake With M&Ms Tutorial

Image Credit: ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com

watermelon cakes

For shame! My Betty Crocker cookbook is missing this recipe! I am so glad to have run across the online version and feature it here today. This is a beauty of a cake! Yum. It screams potluck to me. It would be fun to sub out flavors too; watermelon, cherry, strawberry – the berry patch is full of flavors and each would be fun to try with this great cake!

Get the recipe here…

BettyCrocker – Watermelon Cake

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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I love this easy and delicious cake from Think Arete and I am happy to feature it here today! This is the speedy version of grandma’s pineapple cake; it is just as delicious but won’t suck up hours of your life. You have to check out the great tutorial. It even has ways to modify the recipe to fit different diets and add more flavor. I think this is going to be a favorite!

Get the recipe here…

Think Arete – Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Spherical Concentric Layer Cake Tutorial

Dang! This is awesome! I watched every minute of this video tutorial from Cakecrumbs and was fascinated by this cake. I may have even watched it twice. You know when you see something new and just want to figure out if you can make it? That was this for me. I have decided that I need to hone my skills before trying this, but I can’t wait till I am there!

See it for yourself here…

CakeCrumbs – Spherical Concentric Layer Cake Tutorial

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