Introduction: Jackson Pollock Cake
This is a fun project for kids to help decorate. For parties, you can make individual cupcakes and have the guests decorate their own. Just make sure to put down A LOT of drop cloths or plastic (have you seen Jackson Pollock at work?)
Step 1: Materials
Food coloring (gel colors will get you more intense colors)
Most Fondant you find in stores tastes awful and is expensive. It does hold up better in warm weather. I make my own by adapting a recipe from "Joy Of Cooking"
1 stick butter (room temp)
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
Beat all this until everything is light and fluffy.
Add 1 cup at a time 6-7 cups of powdered sugar. Depending on the humidity you may need a little more. Have extra ready to use when rolling out your fondant.
Step 2: Bake Your Cake
Use your favorite recipe or cake mix and bake in most size pans. If you use the larger, sheet cake pans, plan on leaving the cake in the pan (unless you're skilled enough to get it out in one piece ).
Step 3: Roll Out Your Fondant
Dust your work surface with powdered sugar. Using a marble rolling pin, or a clean PVC pipe (less sticking than a wooden rolling pin), roll out your fondant to slightly larger than your cake. Carefully drape over your cake, smooth out any bubbles and trim the excess as you tuck the edges under your cake
Step 4: Mix Your Colors
Royal Icing is just powdered sugar with water. A little goes a long way. Start with 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, coloring of your choice and add just a tiny amount of water at a time. Use a small whisk to blend. The consistency should be like real maple syrup. You want it thin enough to splatter, but not so thin that it runs everywhere. Good idea to test on a scrap of fondant. Mix up all the colors your plan on using, then cover the containers with plastic. Royal Icing will dry hard and pretty fast depending on the consistency.
Step 5: Decorate Pollock Style!
Using food safe paint brushes, chop sticks, toothbrush (to create a fine splatter) decorate your cake. It's a good idea to let each color dry before proceeding to the next unless you're familiar with how colors blend. Mixing red and green together will create mud, so unless that's the look you're going for, let each layer dry before adding another.
Step 6: Let Them Eat Cake
Enjoy your Masterpiece. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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