Who doesn’t load up their DVR with the best of the cake decorating shows: The Cake Boss, Amazing Wedding Cakes, and those crazy cake challenges. Well not only is Duff Goldberg bring culinary prowess into your living room, but now you can have his culinary tools in your kitchen.
Chef Goldberg also known as the Ace of Cakes has recently come out with a line of frosting, fondant, and all sorts of baking pans, spatulas and other eccutraments that can be found in the aisles of your favorite craft store. So heres the skinny ( in my humble opinion) of some of the new the products he recently debuted.
Its great to find large quantities of pre colored fondant available in a local store. It can be frustrating to send away for Satin Ice or other professional Fondant. Wilton is readily available in Michaels and other craft stores. Many people dislike the taste of the Wilton brand. I won’t comment on the taste of Wilton (since I’m a Wilton Instructor and use it daily) but I can say Duff’s Fondant has a mild flavor, and the availability of a 2 lbs container of say red or black Fondant is Great! We all know how difficult it can be to dye your own fondant or frosting for that matter and actually achieve Red or black. Also having it in a resealable/ reusable plastic container is very convienent.
The elasticity of this fondant is EXCELLENT!!!! I used the bright pink fondant on a cake just this past weekend. Its important to roll your fondant out to 1/6- 1/8 of an inch thick to avoid tears. I was convinced at one point I’d have a tear and have to start over, but Duff’s Fondant just kept stretching. Stretch-ability is important to avoid tears and wrinkles and this Fondant has it!!
Super fun! You can find all sorts of stencils and edible stickers to adhere to your fondant or frosting should you want to avoid handing painting or piping. These cake tatoos have a Charm City spin with leopard print and Skull-n-Cross bones. They include tracers for cupcake toppers. Keep in mind that the photo you see on the packaging is exactly what you get– two long stripes to go around the sides of your cake and a 4″ circle for the top. If you have plans to use these decals on a bigger cake, make sure you get enough to do the job.
Not to sound like a total snob, but I make my own. I accidentally purchase the frosting misreading the label– thinking it was a 5lbs. container of white buttercream fondant. I did however take advantage of my mistake and tast test the frosting and used it to cover a cake. The texture is medium consistency– great most piping and frosting, and crusts quickly. And the taste is great too. It actually tastes like buttercream, not store bought, so if you are in a pinch I recommend this short cut.
I thought this was a great idea to make available in stores. Lots of hobbiest/ amateur decorators try to encorporate this design into their work but using wire and subsequently bending and twisting wiring properly can be a challenge– and they don’t teach this in your average class. Why not sell ’em cut and curled?
All in all Duff’s stuff is great quality and will definetly be found in my cabinets and on my cakes!