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Jack-o-lantern cookies & Duff Goldman fondant

October 27, 2010

Hi all!

So the jack-o-lantern cookies are finally baked and I spent last night covering them in fondant.  Thought I’d share the experience in pictures and tell you about yet another new product that we are using.

Duff Goldman, owner of “Charm City Cakes” in Baltimore and star of the Food Network’s hit series “Ace of Cakes” came out with his own line of cake decorating products that hit the Michael’s crafts stores back in May 2010.  His line features over 70 products perfect for cake decorating such as pans, tools, baking mixes, sprinkles, cake sprays (which he calls “Cake Graffiti”), and of course, fondant – in nine different colors! 

The Duff Goldman line logo - pretty typical Duff style!

When we heard that Chef Duff, one of our favorite cake stars, was coming out with his own line, we knew we had to try the products.  And the jack-o-lantern cookies seemed like the perfect opportunity since his line carries a fabulous orange color perfect for our lil’ pumpkins!

The fondant (which goes for $19.99 at Michael’s) is actually buttercream flavored and so much tastier than anything I have ever tried!  It is soft and pliable and doesn’t seem to dry out (I left it on the table as I worked and it was perfectly fine),  making it a great medium for cookies, in my esteemed opinion (ha!). 

However (here comes the catch), I can’t imagine using it to cover a cake as it is way too soft for that.  Also, I don’t think it would make a great medium for fondant figures on a cake for the same reason.  Nonetheless, for cookies, we are officially switching over to this brand.  Our reasoning?  The majority of people we’ve spoken to greatly dislike the taste of most fondants, so if this tastes like yummy buttercream, it will go perfectly with a delicious sugar cookie, too!  (Note:  My husband, the official taste tester in our house, loves it and he generally HATES all fondant!)

So head out to your local Michael’s craft store (click here to find one in your area) and get yourself some Duff fondant and other cake decorating supplies – you won’t regret it!

Check out the pictures of the jack-o-lantern cookies in progress, and come back tomorrow to see the final product (with faces)!  Until then…

Happy baking!

Christina (and Meghan)

Mise en place (French phrase and common food term for "putting in place" AKA getting everything ready) for the cookies!Duff's fondant (in orange) alongside a tub of black Satin Ice, the orange polka dot ribbon and the bags in which we are putting the finished cookies.A blank canvas: the cookies before I got started!Lined up like an army of pumpkins - covered in Duff's orange fondant and ready for their faces!Duff's fondant (in orange) alongside a tub of black Satin Ice, the orange polka dot ribbon and the bags in which we are putting the finished cookies.A blank canvas: the cookies before I got started!Lined up like an army of pumpkins - covered in Duff's orange fondant and ready for their faces!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Duff's fondant (in orange) alongside a tub of black Satin Ice, the orange polka dot ribbon and the bags in which we are putting the finished cookies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A blank canvas: the cookies before I got started!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lined up like an army of pumpkins - covered in Duff's orange fondant and ready for their faces!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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