Holy Cow, Someone's Forty

Even though I'm just an amateur at cake decorating, I still like to put together one of a kind birthday cakes for my family. Today a special family member celebrated a milestone birthday, so we needed a cake to mark the occasion. This cake was baked in a 9 x 13-inch pan and was frosted with Classic Vanilla Buttercream. I don't have a lot of experience using fondant, but I made up a batch from a very simple recipe and found it to be easy to use for the decorative cutouts.

Marshmallow Fondant

16 ounces mini marshmallows
2 - 5 teaspoons water
2 pounds powdered sugar
Crisco shortening (to be used for greasing hands)

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the marshmallows and 2 tablespoons water together, stirring after 30 second intervals. When marshmallows are melted, stir in about 5 cups of the powdered sugar, mixing well. Grease hands with Crisco and knead in the remaining powdered sugar. Add food coloring as desired. Knead the fondant for about 7 minutes. Additional water may be added 1/2 tablespoon at a time if mixture is too dry. Dust surface with powdered sugar and roll to 1/8 inch thickness to cover cake or to cut into decorative shapes. To store the fondant for later use, roll in a ball and lightly grease with Crisco. Double wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then seal in a zip-top bag. Store in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before rolling out.

My cow shape was cut from white fondant with a cookie cutter. I used pink and black tinted fondant cutouts to complete the cow. The letters and numbers were cut from red and black tinted fondant. The fondant pieces will adhere to the cake when dampened with a few drops of water on the back, then positioned into place.

Happy birthday, Susan! The cake may say 40, but you'll always be this little girl to me!


  1. Your cake turned out cute! It's nice to know someone tried the fondant recipe and it works... Happy B-Day to Susan:@)

  2. I love your cake. Susan is lucky to have a sweet someone in her life to make it for her. I have never tried fondant. Sounds like it came together pretty easily. Have a great week.

  3. I love the cake. I don't have much skill/luck with decorating, but I still keep trying. This looks like a great option.

    Happy 40th to Susan.

  4. What a special cake, Anita! I've never worked with fondant, but I'd like to try it. I loved seeing a picture of your darling girl. Happy 40th birthday to Susan.

  5. What a darling cake. You did one fine job with that fondant...I wouldn't have known it was homemade. Happy Birthday to your Susan...always love those old photos. Where does time go huh?

  6. Your cake is wonderful! I love the cow! You did a great job.

  7. Your cake is cute, you did a great job. and what a special little girl. Good old Owen Mills, we all seemed to have a family photo done at Owen's over the years........I have several of my younger days...........Happy 40th birthday to Susan....Andi

  8. Hi Anita,
    Happy Birthday to Susan! Your cake looks great, looks like you are a pro with that fondant. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen