Sometimes you see a cake that looks almost too good to eat. This is not not of those times.
I volunteered to lead my daughter’s Daisy Scout troop a few months ago, just before summer break. The reality of that decision didn’t really set in until school started back and I had to come up with a plan for our first meeting. After our second meeting, I decided to get some input from the girls. They are in Kindergarden and First Grade, so they can pretty easily (and loudly) communicate their ‘wants’ with me. Clearly, they wanted to do something related to food.
After some thought, and a quick consult with my baker extraordinaire sister, I decided to unleash their creativity on a cake. A quick lesson in food safety, a chance to learn a skill and an opportunity to create something to share with their fellow scout sisters. It was a win win.
Using my sister’s homemade marshmallow fondant, I taught the girls how to work with the fondant (it’s a lot like PlayDoh) to sculpt roses, make rainbows and a few other creative shapes (there’s a bird on there somewhere!) We went over food safety rules (clean hands, clean surfaces, separate foods in your work space) and shared what we learned with the older scout groups.
If we had more time, we would have done some design planning, but I really wanted to use our time to let the girls’ creativity shine. We used small cookie cutters, plastic baggies and our fingers to shape, mold and create all of these things with fondant.
Did you know that you use a paint brush and water to basically glue the fondant creations to the cake? The girls got a kick out of seeing their floppy, too thick, too heavy creations stick right to the cake like glue, just using water.
They look happy, don’t they? I’m not sure if they were happy with making the cake, eating the fondant or the slice of cake they knew they were about to get…but either way, they were happy. In all honesty, they were thrilled with their cake and had SO much fun decorating it.
I don’t think we’ll decorate another cake this year, but I might bring fondant back again. It’s way more fun that clay or PlayDoh, and you get to eat it too!
If you’ve led a scout troop, what great ideas do you have to share with me?