My first homemade birthday cake with fondant

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Last Saturday was my birthday! Already 27 years old. For a long time I wanted to make a sponge cake and decorate it with fondant, but I kept putting it off. I don’t have much experience with decorating, fondant and cutting cakes, etc. But those cakes always look beautiful! I should be able to do that too, right?

On Friday I started working on my birthday cake. After some research on the internet I made a list of materials I needed. At the shop Cook&Co I bought a fondant smoothie, cutters and a handy cake bottom cutter. For a moment I hesitated to buy one with a wire, but you have to have a steady hand for that. So then I treated myself to a stainless steel pie tin with a large knife. Two things I hadn’t bought but which would have been very useful in the end are a plastic roller and a plastic blade. Fondant easily sticks to wood or metal.

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So, I had the materials at home, now the ingredients. I’ve been debating whether to go for fondant or marzipan. An advantage of fondant is that you have nicer colors, but marzipan does not harden as quickly and is slightly easier to work with. I wanted to make a white cake so I chose fondant because this color white was more beautiful than the cream marzipan. I also chose fresh fruit for the filling, but you could also use a jar of jam. Strawberries were used in the original recipe, but because the fondant is very sweet, I used currants, these are fine, a bit sour and have a nice fresh taste. You can also make 2 layers with different flavors.

Biscuit Pie

Get started now! Making the batter for the biscuit cake went pretty well for me, even though I just beat it with a hand mixer. I only put the springform a little too high in the oven, so after 10 minutes it was very brown on top and there was a big bulge. After I put the cake in the bottom of the oven, it went well. When I took the cake out of the oven, the bulge collapsed again, so I finished it evenly with buttercream. I just kept the buttercream ‘natural’, but you could also give it a taste by adding a little cocoa powder, vanilla extract or lemon zest.
What I really like is its big bow on the cake, but apparently you have to make it a day in advance and let it harden. I found out too late so that will be my next challenge. The cake tasted very nice and my family enjoyed it. Although some thought the fondant was a bit too sweet, I didn’t have that much trouble with it.
birthday cake
View the recipe for this birthday cake including step by step photos here

Apple pie

I also treated my colleagues to a delicious apple tart on Monday. The cake was inspired by a recipe from this month’s Allerhande cakes special. Eric had given me a Kitchenaid for my birthday and this was the ultimate chance to test it out. The food processor worked very easily and kneaded the dough for the apple pie in a few minutes. In the meantime I have been watching with great admiration, what a great device! When I rolled out the dough and placed it on the baking tray, I realized I had forgotten the egg. Fortunately I found out just in time and I put the dough back in the Kichtenaid and added an egg. Oh, I’m getting another year older.
pie with apple
View the recipe for this apple tart with step-by-step photos here

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