My husband was a huge lifesaver with this cake. He happened to be off and was able to bake the cake and get a coat of icing on it before I got home from work. There's no way I would have finished in time without that. It was his first time making a cake by himself, that was completely from scratch. I was impressed with how it turned out!
This cake had two main components, the fondant yarn balls/hook and then the buttercream basket weave. Today I'm going to show you how to do the fondant yarn balls, and next Monday I will show you how to do the basket weave.
When I started looking around online, I saw many cake ideas that used long, thin ropes of fondant to cover the fondant balls to look like yarn. I found a tool online to do this, but it cost about $80. I got to thinking though, and decided a Play Doh tool might work as well. You may recall I recently wrote about this exact topic.
So here's how I made the crochet toppers.
- I started with two balls of fondant in the desired color. I made them both the size I wanted for the actual balls.
- Set up the Play Doh tool so that the fondant will be pushed out into thin ropes
- Grease the Play Doh tool with shortening to keep it from sticking
- Knead the fondant to make it more pliable and a little thinner
- Slowly, push the fondant out through the small holes. Push it out until its about 1.5-2 inch long
- Cut the fondant ropes off the tool
- Attach the thin ropes (about 6-8 at a time) using gum glue (fondant or gum glue dissolved in water)
- Keep attaching sections of the rope, overlapping the sections in different directions
- Repeat the process for the other balls, using different colors if desired.
- To make the crochet hook, roll out a thin rope of silver fondant. Pinch over one end of the rope to make it look like a hook.
- To finish it off, I made a few more pieces of blue fondant rope to add some pieces of yarn to add around the cake.