Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rapunzel Fondant Tower

The Grand wanted a Rapunzel cake. Having never seen the Disney version, I surfed the internet for ideas. One of the most consistent DIY ideas was ice-cream cone towers covered in fondant.

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Having never worked with fondant before, I surfed the net some more and watched several videos. Trying to be thrifty, I vowed to make everything or use what I already had. My only purchase was the ice-cream cones: waffle pointy cones and standard cones.


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One thing I did do differently was to stack three standard cones on the bottom and two on the top. These were all glued together with my Cookie Icing, which gets hard. I let this set-up for a couple of hours. We had 100% humidity/pouring rain this day, so I used caution.

 I mixed up three small batches of fondant for flowers by slowly blending in food coloring. These are stored for use in tight containers.

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Later in the day, I started with the black food coloring and mixed a large amount of fondant, easily half the box. As I was mixing it, I realized, by folding it over and over as recommended, I was getting some great marbling. So I stopped mixing and rolled this out to just under 1/4" deep.

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These are all the tools I used. Yes that is a play-doh roller and play doh knife below. Small cookie cutters were used for flowers. I picked lilies and large pink flowers, buds were made by cutting the shapes in half. To get 3 dimensions, I placed the pieces on the edges to get a curve in the flowers.

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I edged the flowers by pressing in the handle of the play-doh knife. The lilies, I simply pinched with my fingers and curved the petals.

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The flowers are really quite simple.


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Wrapping the ice-cream cone tower with the gray marbled  fondant was actually quite easy. The seams were sealed with a bit of water between the layers, and I smoothed it with my finger. A door at the bottom and a window at the top were added, with almost black fondant cutouts.

The excess gray was cut into small stepping stones to use for a path.
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Not really too detailed. The crown parapet was just a straight piece with notches cut in. It curved easily and went on with water. I added purple shutters and door, later.

The roof I covered in fork textured purple. and glued in place with cookie icing.
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The humidity was still quite high, and I made the mistake of hurrying and adding the vines with more cookie icing. DON'T use sparkle gel stuff----it doesn't get hard, the sweet little leaves, pooled and dripped...but from a distance just added color. I used lots of pink blossoms and yellow butterfly commercial candies. I've had these for awhile, and don't know the maker, as they were stored in containers.

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Four layers of confetti cake were baked. I decided to build different sized layers to give a terraced look to the cake. When staking the cake off center, I inserted 4 long plastic 
straws through all the layers to stabilize the cake. 
The tower was not on for transportation...hence I never got proper pictures. We inserted a long chopstick up the center of the tower and into the cake, and it held perfectly.

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Our family has to have chocolate, so I used 'earth' chocolate for the sides of the hill and green for the top. The layers were put together with strawberry, which really made it nummy. The gray buttons for the stairs and were of the same fondant as the tower. A long head of yellow braided fondant hair spilled from the purple shuttered window. The flowers were all sprinkled everywhere. The cake was served on frying pan plates. You have to watch the movie, our heroine was armed with a frying pan which she deftly used.

I'm afraid in all the hubbub, no one took a clear picture. 



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My daughter-in-law made the adorable PiƱata..which was filled with all sorts of Princess paraphernalia and candy. It took many whacks with a frying pan to open it.

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We watched the movie, TANGLED, young and old alike, and roared with laughter.
It was a fabulous day, despite the lousy pictures. Thanks for visiting. And Happy 4th Birthday, Jerri!

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2 comments:

  1. How cute! I bet your grand loved it! I have never tried to make fondant before. I hand it to you for doing so! I agree anything I can do to make it myself the better off I like it! Have a great week.

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  2. The fondant was pretty forgiving, but then I am not a perfectionist. I think all the humidity helped. I would use it again, as it was quite versatile, even though it tastes like wallpaper paste with sugar. LOL, Sandi

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