Way back in mid-October (!) I had the wonderful experience of being able to take a 3-hour fondant class at the New Jersey Sugar Art Academy in Freehold, NJ taught by Francesca, the founder of the academy as well as the owner of Francesca’s Cakery. I fully intended to tell you all about my learning experience with fondant much much earlier. However, with the arrival of Molly and the generosity of my guest posters, it kept getting pushed further and further down the line. However, I still definitely wanted to share this with you.
There’s nothing more beautiful that the smooth, perfect look of a fondant covered cake. The sheer perfection of it all absolutely amazes me and you can do so much with it! The creative possibilities are endless as I’m sure you can tell from all these cake shows that are all over television these days. I’m utterly blown away by the talent that these bakers have. So that was one of my main incentives for wanting to take a fondant class. I find it so interesting and gorgeous.
Honestly, though I really don’t enjoy the taste of fondant. I will get that lovely piece of wedding cake and at the end, you will find that outer fondant layer still laying pathetically on my plate untouched. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the fondant that Francesca’s Cakery uses on their cakes. It actually tasted good!! Mike can’t stand the taste of fondant either and he agreed that it tasted fantastic as well.
During my time at the New Jersey Sugar Art Academy, Francesca was quite the gracious hostess. She was warm and inviting, knowledgable and professional. She started us out just filling our cakes with chocolate fudge icing and then coating them in a light layer of buttercream so that our fondant would have something to adhere to. Next came kneading our fondant. It was a blank slate ready to become whatever we wanted.
She taught us how to marbelize our fondant with two colors to create a kind of swirly pattern. This was probably mostly because the swirls are very forgiving for all of us who had never done fondant before. It was able to hide the imperfections that surely we would have.
After rolling out my fondant and laying it on top I realized immediately that the weight of the fondant was pulling down and creating little tears in the top portion of my cake. Francesca was right there to show me how to fix and remedy that. We smoothed the fondant onto the cake and trimmed off the excess. It’s definitely not as easy as it looks on television however, it wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined it would be.
Now that I had officially covered my very first cake with fondant it was time to learn a few decorative things. Francesca taught us how to make a bow from fondant.
She also taught us how to make roses. Not too shabby for my first try, huh? I loved the way the rose came out. This was definitely a fun class!
Thanks to the expertise of Francesca, I now feel confident that I could create a fondant covered cake at home. I also can’t wait to go back to the New Jersey Sugar Art Academy and take more classes! They offer 3D cake sculpting classes, cookie decorating. buttercream and piping classes, modeling as well as many other things as new classes are constantly added to the schedule. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills. Also, if you have kids and want a unique birthday party idea, why not have it at the sugar art academy? Kids will learn how to make a sweet creation that they can take home with them! How neat! This was a fantastic experience and I learned a skill that hopefully I’ll improve upon with a little practice at home.