For Iris's 3rd birthday, she wanted pink and princesses so I decided to do a princess cake and some cupcakes with princessy stuff on them. So for the cupcakes I made strawberry cupcakes (pink) with cream cheese frosting. For the toppers I melted white chocolate and piped them into shapes like crowns hearts and stars. Then put sprinkles all over them. Pretty simple, but yummy too. Iris sure liked them.
For the cake I kept trying to figure out how I was going to bake it without buying one of those special princess cake pans. Then I woke up one morning with this idea in my head. Why not just use Rice Krispie Treats? Then I could shape it however I want and frost it just like a cake. Brilliant! And then I kept going back and forth with if I wanted to use fondant or not. All the cakes that I saw online used fondant and looked really good, so I decided to go for it. Of course I didn't want to use regular fondant because, well let's face it, it's disgusting and completely inedible. So I made the decision to try out the marshmallow fondant I've been hearing so much about. Looked up a couple different recipes which actually all turned out to be the same. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. I didn't follow the directions exactly as it said to add the coloring after it's all made. I added it to the melted marshmallows before I mixed it into the powdered sugar. I didn't want pink hands and I didn't have any gloves to use. It worked great that way. The color was perfect.
I used a little of the cream cheese frosting to make the front triangle shapes and to pipe to words and around the edge. The dots are Cupcake Gems Pearls. I just squished them into the fondant. I cut some hearts out of the rolled fondant and used those to put the candle in, since there isn't really a place for candles on the cake.
I was really pleased with the results. There are a lot of mistakes, but not too bad for my first time. Now that I know how easy it is I will probably be using fondant a lot more. And it does taste really good. So it's not all just gonna get thrown away.
Iris loved it and was so excited the whole time I was making it. She was just so excited for everything to do with her birthday and party. So much fun! Can't wait for the next opportunity to make another cake!