Sunday, December 21, 2008

Solstice, and my first attempt at Fondant

Finally, we can welcome back the sun as the winter Solstice has arrived. The days will gradually see more light and my work ritual will no longer see me going in the dark and coming in the dark. The solstice is a big deal for my immediate family. This is the time in which we congregate with our close friends over a feast of delicious food and fun. This is also the when Vegbee, Smootch, Birdie and I exchange our holiday gifts.

This year I volunteered to handle a part of the dessert as well as my assistance in preparing our vegan feast and decided on an ice cream cake. I quickly set out to design my cake...

The concept is the sun conquering the night. Layers from bottom up are gingerbred cookie, chocolate mint ice cream, gingerbread, cranberry ice cream. Then repeated for the top layer. Mmmm.

This would be my first attempt at using fondant and locating a vegan recipe was not too easy. Alas, I stumbled upon this simple no cook recipe...


1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 cup Vegetable Shortening
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Lbs Icing Sugar

In a large bowl, stir together the shortening and corn syrup. Mix in the salt and vanilla flavoring, then gradually mix in the icing sugar until it is a stiff dough. If you are using a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment. Otherwise, knead by hand. If the dough is sticky, knead in more confectioners' sugar until it is smooth. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

To use, roll out on a clean surface that has been dusted with icing sugar until it is 1/8 inch thick or thinner if you can. Drape over frosted and chilled cakes and smooth the sides down, or cut into strips to make bows and other decorations.

I am no pro at it yet but I think it turned out okay.

1 comment:

Sara said...

what a beautiful cake!