Advanced Fondant Techniques: A Craftsy Class Review

Advanced Fondant Techniques Class

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Are you new to cake decorating?    Do you want to learn to do fondant work but you’re not sure where to start?  Or maybe you have started working with fondant but want to learn more skills!  Well Advanced Fondant Techniques by Marina Sousa is a class you want to check out!

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s called ‘advanced’ fondant techniques…” and you’re right.  But honestly, I think that name is misleading.   I think beginners in particular could learn a great deal from this class and more experienced cake decorators will probably learn a few new things too!

In fact, you will learn so many techniques that can be translated to every type of cake from kids birthday to wedding to anniversary or work event!   It’s truly a class for cakes of all occasions and decorators of all levels!

Here’s the description from Craftsy:

Celebrity cake decorator Marina Sousa reviews fondant handling basics and then works up to some very sophisticated techniques with texture, stencils, molds and piping. Follow along at your own pace as she shows you how to create lavish surface detail like lace and filigree, tie bows you’ll swear are fabric and sculpt details from fondant, gum paste and chocolate.

If you’re ready to take this class, hurry and grab it now!   But if you’re still not sure, please sign up for a free class or click over and visit and read my full review for more information!

Have any of you already taken this class?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!  Honestly it wasn’t my favorite Craftsy class – but that’s not because it was a bad class.  I think I just really expected it to be more ‘advanced’ than it was and I felt like it was really geared toward cake decorators who were just beginning to learn about fondant work.  But that’s just me…

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Zulily Back to School Event and a GREAT Cake Tool!

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Chevron Mason Jar Tumbler

It’s no secret that I’m a BIG fan of Zulily so when I got an email telling me about their Back to School Event, I had to jump over there and see what they had for a steal today!

Nevermind that I homeschool my kids and we don’t really go “back to school” shopping… we can just pretend that I need some things just so I’ll have an excuse to poke around at Zulily and find cute stuff!!   ;)

Tractor Plate Set

But seriously, I did find a couple of super cute things in the Back to School Event (like that chevron mason jar up top… I need one!) and this Tractor Plate Set… my 3 year old goes bananas for anything “tractor” and this would be perfect for him!

If you’re already in  Back to School mode, Zulily has hundreds of back to school deal on everything from lunch bags to back packs, clothes and dorm room essentials! Circus Themed Cake Decorating Tool Set

And then just for kicks and giggles, I searched “cake” while I was over there and found a really great deal on one of my most favorite cake tools of all time!   Do you know which thing I’m talking about from that picture?

Yep, that red ribbon cutting tool that’s included in this Circus Themed Cake Decorating set!  Mine is white, but regardless, I use that tool on nearly every single cake I do!  I even list it on my favorite tools post here.  Anyway, that tool plus all of those cutters and frosting tips for under $19 is a great deal!

Birthday Cake Puzzle

And this Personalized Birthday Cake Puzzle… how cute is that??  I love working on puzzles and a couple of my kids do too!  I especially think my daughter would enjoy this!

So that’s that… I am placing my order in the next few minutes for a few new things from Zulily!!  Did you find anything over there that you must have? 

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Sofia the First Cake

Sofia the 1st Cake above

Good morning!!  It’s Monday ya’ll and this week is going to be a doozy!    In addition to my three cake orders (and cupcakes and cookies), we have to be at our church for the next seven days in a row (8 if you count yesterday).

You see, it’s Vacation Bible School this week and that means busy, busy, busy!   Five days of regular VBS, then a Fun Day on Saturday and Commencement on Sunday.

Did I mention I’m also trying to diet?  Yeah… I’m not sane.  But I am looking forward to all of the kids and the fun and learning about Jesus… but it’s gonna be a lot of work and I’m sure I’ll be asleep standing up by the end of it!

Sofia the 1st Cake

In the meantime, I wanted to share this sweet little Sofia the First Cake I made last summer and all of my cake decorating tips for making this cake!  It was an 8″ round vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream filling and frosting and then decorated with homemade marshmallow fondant.

Now, let me tell you about the details…

Sofia the 1st Tiara on Cake

For the tiara, I used the largest round disc on my extruder to make ropes of fondant.   I then shaped them on the cake to match Sofia’s tiara (as best I could).  After they were secured on the cake, I painted them silver.  For the silver paint, I mixed together Nu Silver Luster Dust with a few drops of vodka.

I used a wheel on this Wilton ribbon cutter to do the texture along the bottom of the tiara, then I added lavender sugar pearls and an edible diamond to finish out the details.

Sugar Pearls

Around the top edge of the cake, I used white sugar pearls in different sizes to make bunting.  They were attached to the cake with tiny dots of royal icing.

Funky Alphabet Tappit Cutters

I used my favorite Funky Alphabet Tappit Cutters to do Carson’s name – you can see how I use tappit cutters here.

Sofia the 1st Cake back

For the bottom border of the cake, except on the front where the tiara was, I used my silicone pearl molds.  You can see how I use silicone pearl molds here.

Sofia the 1st

And of course, there was Sofia the First.  She was a real toy/doll … I used a rubber band to attach her to a dowel rod (under her dress), then stood her up on the center of the cake!

 I think that’s it…  did I miss anything?  If you have any questions about this cake, leave me a comment!!

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