I could name this post so many things. Like: Ike turns three! Or: My First Foray With Fondant. Perhaps: Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! (All would be applicable for us.) It’s been a busy few weeks, to say the least, with Christmas fun, Ike’s third birthday, our sixth anniversary and the start of 2014. I hope to get caught up here on the blog eventually. And since the majority of the country is in a deep freeze this week, I think a snowman cake is an appropriate place to start.
I wanted to make Ike’s cake special because to him, at age three, birthdays equal CAKE and SINGING! Really, as much as he loves presents, he is mostly excited about cake at this point. After looking at different cake ideas, I decided on snowmen despite the Christmasy feel because Ike had grown particularly fond of snowmen after watching Frosty the Snowman who, of course, exclaims “happy birthday!” Plus, it was easy and I had all the ingredients. (BTW, I was inspired by Martha’s snowmen, I didn’t think up this idea on my own.)
This cake came together in a series of short steps over three days, though it could easily be done all in one day. We were heading to Vermont for some family gatherings and to celebrate Ike’s birthday, so I made the fondant snowmen on Christmas night, the cake and frosting the next day, and then assembled the whole cake on Friday night once we arrived in Vermont so it was ready for Ike’s birthday on Saturday.
Unfortunately I didn’t have my act together enough to take step-by-step photos, so if you’re interested in recreating this, you’ll have to use your imagination!
Here are the recipes I used for the cake:
- My go-to basic chocolate cake recipe
- Chocolate marshmallow buttercream frosting for the filling
- Marshmallow buttercream frosting for the outside of the cake
- Marshmallow fondant
The marshmallow fondant was surprising easy to make using melted mini marshmallows, confectioner’s sugar and a bit of water. It was really easy to work with, too, so I think I may be trying more with fondant in the future. It’s like a grown up version of Play-Doh!
After I made the fondant, I separated a few small pieces and used gel food coloring to create the different colors. I used black gel icing that comes in a tube for the eyes and mouth, and sprinkles of different sorts for the buttons. On the outside of the cake I used blue sprinkles, sparkling sugar and cinnamon dots to create the wintery scene. Oh, and I used tooth picks and wooden dowels to keep the snowmen standing and to keep hats and noses in place. Tres important.
The cake ended up being a huge hit with my biggest birthday boy. As different family members arrived, he proudly opened the fridge to show off his cake and exclaimed, “I’m fweee now!” It’s fair to say it made his day. We even let him eat two slices.
Have you tried making cakes with fondant before? And, seriously, you should try the chocolate marshmallow buttercream frosting that I linked above. It’s amazing.
Psst…looking for another cake idea? Check out last year’s sprinkle #2 cake!