|Elephant paints a picture at the pre-show|
Despite my tantrum and anxiety about leaving the house, come lunchtime we headed out to the Worcester DCU center. We got there and hour and a half early for the pre-show, where you can go check out the animals in their enclosures and then go into the main arena to dance with the clowns, watch an elephant paint a picture, and bounce in a giant bouncy house if you are under 48 inches tall.
|Memorizing pattern for later....|
The show itself was amazing. Magical. My heart was in my throat for the aerialists, the acrobats, and especially the motorcycles in the steel ball. Oh my goodness. I wanted to call the mother of all those performers and say "Your child is not being safe!!" At one point the girl child looked over at me and said, "Don't be afraid Mommy - it's not real." This from the child who insists that her imaginary friends are real. Might have to work on that...
|And the elephants!!|
The circus was timely for the following day's cake - a jungle themed baby shower cake. I wanted to do Zebra print for one of the tiers, so I payed special attention to the tiger stripes at Ringlings. I was still high with the circus buzz while decorating. I am very grateful for my cake business / hobby - even when I'm broken I have something else that brings me so much joy. A lot of the time the cake biz feels like work, but this cake was for a friend and was so much fun! I decided to snap some pictures to make a tutorial while I worked.
Zebra Print Fondant Tutorial
- Roll out white fondant per usual, to nearly the size you need for your cake. We use homemade marshmallow fondant, but commercial is fine too. We also use the Sweetwise Mat for all our fondant covered cakes - while not necessary, it is a fabulous tool and makes the whole process much easier. (I am not affiliated with Sweetwise in any way - I just like their product).
- Remove the top sheet of the mat, if using. Roll small rolls of black fondant (make sure to taper the ends of each roll) radiating out from the center in a zebra striped pattern.
- Once all your rolls are in place, put the top sheet back on and press firmly with your hands.
- Roll out the stripes, always starting your pin in the middle and rolling outwards. Do not roll in any other direction than out!
- If using the mat, turn the fondant sheet over and remove the BOTTOM layer. If rolling out without the mat, very carefully roll up your sheet and turn it over.
- Drape the fondant, striped side up, over your cake.
- Fit the fondant to the sides of your cake, smoothing, lifting, and stretching, per usual. Be gentle - even if the black stripes are firmly rolled into the white, they may try to separate a little if pulled too much.
- Once fitted and smooth, trim the bottom edge and continue with the cake!