Post # 1
I don’t know much about cakes but I know we both do NOT like or want fondant (from cakes we’ve tasted at other events). We want a specific look… will it be possible to get it without the use of fondant? We don’t care about what the flowers taste like too much because they will not be all over the cake.. most likely we’ll go with just a few with branches on one side (cheaper that way anyway).
In a perfect world we’d have a cream cheese based icing. I haven’t gotten to talk to an actual cake person about this yet. My BFF forever IS a cake person but she is in nursing school and never answers her phone. The one cake person I have conversed with where we are marrying is very very slow answering emails.
So, again, I have to ask the bees!
here’s our inspiration:
Post # 3
I don’t really think you can get that look without using fondant. There were a lot of cakes that I was in love with that I had to give up because they couldn’t be done without using fondant.
Post # 4
i have seen people use buttercream that looks superrrrrrrr smooth like fondant. another option would be marshmallow fondant with buttercream underneath (thats what were doing and i think its delicious). anyways….. im pretty sure if you just ask whomever is doing your cake, they will tell you that it is possible to get that look with buttercream:)
Post # 5
@noritake22: Aww man. So what’d you pick?
Post # 6
The bakery I got my cake from is known for their buttercream frosted cakes that look like fondant (but taste like super-delicious buttercream!). I got married in IN so that doesn’t help you too much, but maybe there is someplace near you that is the same. I HATE fondant but I loved having the ability to have that look with buttercream. Added bonus – their buttercream tasted better than other buttercreams I’d had in the past too!
Post # 7
You can get the overall look, it just won’t look as smooth/clean.
Post # 8
Buttercream iced cake filled with layers of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and peanut butter mousse. Hand painted and textured icing branches with fondant cherry blossoms create the design for this Oriental inspired cake.
here is a good example…. the flowers are fondant… the cake is covered in buttercream and its similar to what you want 🙂
Post # 9
Oh I suppose I should have said this first… but we aren’t buttercream fans either. LOL. Sorry!
We don’t hate it like we do the fondant but it’s still up there on our “gross” meter. What can be done with cream cheese? Anyone know?
And thanks for everyone’s suggestions!
Post # 10
@MsInterpret: I ended up going with something totally different than what I wanted. Besides the fondant issue, the cost of the cake with the fondant was way to expensive.
We ended up getting a hexagon three layer smooth ivory buttercream. It will have a double swag design on the top and bottom layer in ivory and a rose garland on the middle tier. There will also be celedon green white chocolate ribbon bands with bow around each layer and 7 large airbrushed roses in pink on the top layer. I don’t have a picture of it because it was a combination of a few cakes.
The pictures in this post are the ones I really wanted.
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Post # 11
you can get the look but it depends on the baker. my sister is a pastry chef and doesn’t like working with fondant and manages to get her buttercream frostings super smooth. check with your baker to see if they will be able to make it happen. i included a picture of the cake she made for my mom’s birthday and a close up on the one she made for my birthday. good luck!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Pearl S. Buck House
You can get that look with buttercream, but not with cream cheese frosting. It’s too soupy. You can keep the cream cheese frosting for the filling between the layers though! The buttercream can be smoothed out. Might not be flawless but it will be close. The flowers are a different story. I would see if they can just make a cream cheese frosting that is a thicker, buttercream-like texture… it will taste less cream cheesy but it will have a hint at least if you really hate buttercream. You really can’t decorate the sides of a soft cream cheese frosting cake because they’ll just fall down.
Post # 13
we had cream cheese frosting and in all honestly it was smoothed out and looked exactly like fondant, but better tasting 🙂
Post # 14
I definitely think you should find a baker familiar with working with the icing you want and see what they can do. I didn’t want fondant so I found a baker who only uses buttercream icing. I was really happy with the results.
The flowers could probably be made out of fondant though and it wouldn’t hurt the results.
Post # 15
- Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA
My mom makes cakes and she uses cream cheese in her frosting. It is not soupy at all. I’m sure that it can be done with a cream cheese frosting that is smooth. It will not look exactly like fondant, but it would look beautiful nonetheless.
Post # 16
I know a bakery that only uses marzipan and makes a miraculous-looking cake. I thought I was looking at fondant cakes till someone told me it was marzipan!