Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coloring Fondant to Deep Colors

Hey all!  A few weeks back, I wrote a post about fondant.  I did not really cover coloring fondant, as I often prefer to avoid the hassle and simply buy the fondant pre-colored.  This, however, is not always possible, and you are left to color your own fondant.  The lighter colors are easily done with gel color, but the darker colors are extremely difficult to achieve without ruining the consistency of the fondant.  One of my favorite blogs, cakesdusoleil, just wrote a post covering how to color without changing the consistency.  She deals with blue, red and black which are the hardest of all of them.

As a side note, she is also an incredibly gifted sugar artist with amazing tutorials ... if you have a few minutes take a look.

Happy Baking!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice . . .

Hello all!  I have missed talking with you every week!  However, there is a good reason for my absence . . . . I am currently baking our second child! :)  We are very excited and looking forward to our new adventure.  However, this excitement comes with a clause . . . I won't be writing for a while!  :(  As with my sweet daughter, this child has blessed me with all-day sickness, for which I take medication and make the occasional trip to the hospital for dehydration.  So far this pregnancy has been better, but I am still classified as having "hypermesis gravidarum" which is a condition less than one percent of pregnant woman have.  Thankfully I have a mild case that can be treated with prescription medication, as some women with this condition spend the entire pregnancy on iv's.  But as you can guess, I am extremely sensitive to smell and often cannot cook at all . . . which unfortunately also rules out baking.

As soon as I feel better, I am sure I will be back at it again with renewed vigor until our next little one arrives.  But until then, if you see me few and far between . . . at least you know why. :)

Happy Baking!