My brother-in-law John, turned 50 this weekend.
See?? The cakes are evenly baked all the way across......
Even though no one was really expecting it, I baked a third cake so I could make Cake Balls. Partly because they're always such a hit at parties, and partly because my nephew Cam wouldn't let me in the door without them.
While the cakes were cooling I whipped up a large batch of Milk Chocolate Frosting to use as a crumbcoat (of course I could share this decadent family recipe with you..........but then I'd have to shoot you). Even though I was using fondant for this cake, it still requires a light coat of frosting to give the fondant something to stick to. Now, for those that are not familiar with the term, a "crumbcoat" is an extremely light undercoating of frosting. It serves to bind any little crumbs together and act as a "primer" for the other layers of frosting or in this case, fondant. After the crumbcoat, I refrigerate the cake for at least an hour. I don't roll out the fondant until I am ready to cover the cake(s) or the fondant will dry out too quickly.
While I usually always have basic black and white fondant on hand in "convenient" commercial sized 10 lb. tubs, I will usually use food coloring/flavorings to make any other colors I need. The Boston Bruins are an easy gig to work on. Their colors are black, white and gold.
So, have I already mentioned that my brother-in-law is a huge Boston Bruins fan?? My nephew Cam, was born at about the same time that Cam Neely played for the team. Coincidence? Hmmmm. Maybe.
One year, (I can't remember if it was for Christmas or his birthday) my sister used some of her former corporate connections to get John a hockey stick which had been personally autographed by the famous Bobby Orr. Just the mere thought of it still makes him tremble. I think he holds his breath and genuflects when he walks by it hanging on the wall. Sometime a few months ago, one of John's co-workers won a contest to "Skate with the Bruins". He took John with him. They both got to wear the Bruins uniform and actually get on the ice and skate with some past and present Bruins team members during a practice. You couldn't talk to him for weeks afterward. For John's birthday this year, a friend gave him a hockey stick autographed by all of the current Boston Bruin players. The oversized flatscreen in my sister's house is almost always tuned to a hockey game....in HD and stereo surround-sound of course. It is a well-known fact in our family that you will be banished from the room for attempting any type of conversation other than "hockey talk" while a game is on the television. Because of this rule, my sister and I have become almost fluent in both lip-reading and sign language, although I have to admit that most of the time our "signing" is directed at John. :)