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ReMarthable Cake Decorating Techniques

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2011

ReMarthable Contest finalist Tammy Dunwoody, owner of The Art of Cake bakery and boutique, shares some simple cake decorating techniques any home baker can use to create a showstopping dessert display. Use techniques separately or together, as desired.

"Wood" Fondant How-To
1. Roll one piece of white and one piece of brown fondant into tubes.

2. Place the tubes together and fold in half. Roll the folded piece and fold again, repeating until you've reached your desired "grain." The more you fold and roll, the finer the "grain" of the fondant.

3. Cover mixed fondant with plastic wrap to hold in moisture.

4. Sprinkle cornstarch onto a pastry mat to prevent fondant from sticking. Using a rolling pin, roll out fondant until it is approximately 1/4-inch thick. Place over iced cake.

5. Gently smooth out fondant on cake using a smoothing tool. Trim excess fondant from bottom of cake with a pizza cutter.

6. Optional: To finish the bottom of the cake with trim, use pizza cutter to cut a 1/2-inch piece of fondant as long as the diameter of the cake. Use water to adhere to bottom of fondant already on the cake.

Metallic Paint How-To
1. Mix edible silver powder with lemon extract to create metallic liquid.

2. Using a paintbrush, brush mixture onto fondant in desired design. Let dry overnight.

Comments (5)

  • LoriJH 1 Apr, 2011

    Tammy, all I can say is you TRULY have a great talent! Especially considering you started cake decorating as a hobby then it into a thriving business! You've inspired me to follow my 'cake-art' dream as well, keep us posted when you start teaching classes.

  • tammydunwoody 1 Apr, 2011

    I can assure you that I made each cake by myself without assistance. Each of these cakes were real at one time - except for the paint can which was a new design. These cakes are what we call "dummy" cakes which are styrafoam bases covered and decorated with fondant, gumpaste and other handmade decorations. I closed my bakery for a week and worked around the clock to make them. I am so happy you liked them.

  • LouiseQuatorze 1 Apr, 2011

    It is one thing to sell the works you create and another thing to have other people help you create the works you sell. In the context of this contest, the latter would be an unfair advantage. I have no idea if Ms. Dunwoody created every element of every cake shown on the show all by herself although I have no doubt that she could. But it should have been made abundantly clear that the cakes were either made all by her own hand or with assistance. In any case, I think the producers erred in

  • nancycwb 31 Mar, 2011

    Of course it is fair. All of the finalists are professionals and sell their work.
    I.e. Jody Lunsford sold some of hers for $75 and some are for sale on the Internet for more than $1,000. http://www.roanoke.com/276584
    Most small business owners in America start out as amateurs in their homes before opening a business after their work becomes noticed. They sell online or rent a store front. Both situations make them professionals and should not be discounted.

  • nancypacinelli 31 Mar, 2011

    Is it fair to have professional in this contest? My feeling that only amateurs should have been considered for this great prize.