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Fondant Cake Decorating: It's Play-Doh for Grown Ups!

Updated on February 1, 2015
Fondant Cake Decorating
Fondant Cake Decorating

Decorating with Fondant

Fondant is referred to by many as "Baker's Play-Doh" because of it's clay-like consistency and molding capabilities. It is a creamy confection that can be used as a filling or a covering for cakes, cookies, candies, and other sweets.

The standard fondant recipe consists of water, sugar and glucose. However, there are many other variations of this recipe including Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Quick Pour, Rolled Buttercream and Marshmallow. Fondant creations are not only visually appealing, but a treat for the taste buds as well!

Fondant can be used for Wedding Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Petits Fours, Pastries, Candies, etc.

There are many ready-to-use fondants featured on this page including Wilton, Choco-Pan, Satin Ice and Duff Goldman. You can also purchase simple shape cutters to help you get started in fondant cake decorating.

For those experienced with working with fondant, there are so many exciting things you can do to make your fondant creations stand out from the crowd! This includes trying out different fondant recipes and creating custom shapes and designs to accent your masterpiece.

Whichever group you fall into, this page will help you fill your fixation with fondant by providing a photo gallery of fondant creations, How-To tips, fondant tools and decorating gadgets, ready-to-use, tinted fondant, useful books, recipes and much more.

Fondant cake image provided courtesy of Linzi's Cakes

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Decorating with Fondant

  • Trim and smooth out your cake before applying. The cake will need to be completely flat. You can even use a fondant smoothing tool or glider to achieve the desired affect.
  • Using frosting, secure the cake to your board so that it will not move around while you are icing it.
  • Apply a buttercream base to smooth out any imperfections in the cake such as crumbs or low spots. The fondant will stick to the buttercream.
  • Let the cake sit in the refrigerator so that the surface will slightly harden. It will make applying the fondant easier. *It is recommended to let the cake cool for at least 24 hours before applying fondant.
  • Knead the fondant until it becomes the consistency of clay and use a rolling pin to flatten it out to about 1/4" or so. Dust the rolling pin and work surface with confectioners sugar to prevent sticking. The size of the fondant should be slightly larger than your cake to allow it to fully cover.
  • Apply the fondant to your cake with the shiny side facing up. Using your hands or a smoothing tool, smooth out the fondant starting from the center and working your way out. This will remove any bubbles. Trim any excess fondant from the bottom of the cake.
  • Decorate with fondant shapes, paint, stencils, ribbons, etc. To attach dried fondant shapes to a fondant cake, make the following recipe: 1 oz. ready-to-use fondant and 1/4 teaspoon cold tap water. Knead the water into fondant until it becomes softened and sticky. Brush the mixture onto the back of the dried fondant decoration and attach to cake.
  • You can purchase already tinted fondant, however, if you chose to make your own fondant and tint it yourself, be sure to use icing paste instead of liquid food coloring. Food coloring will be wet and too watered down.
  • You can add flavor to your fondant by adding Butter Flavor, Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract and many other flavor enhancers.

Step by Step Decorating with Fondant

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Rolling FondantCovering Cake with FondantApplying Fondant DecorationsFinished Fondant Cake
Rolling Fondant
Rolling Fondant
Covering Cake with Fondant
Covering Cake with Fondant
Applying Fondant Decorations
Applying Fondant Decorations
Finished Fondant Cake
Finished Fondant Cake
Satin Ice Fondant
Satin Ice Fondant

Fondant and Fondant Supplies

If you are a fan of Buddy Valastro, you will know that he promotes Satin Ice fondant on his popular show Cake Boss.

  • Satin Ice Fondant ~ Orange, Pink, Yellow, Red, Blue, Purple, Black, Green, White and Chocolate
  • Fondant Brush Sets
  • Buttercream Fondant and Gumpaste
  • Rolled Fondant & Ready to Use Fondant

Other fondant brands include Wilton, Fondarific, Choco-Pan and Duff Goldman.

Fondant and Supplies

Fondant Cake
Fondant Cake

Fairy Princess Fondant Cake Image Courtesy of Special Cakes by Tracey

Fondant Wedding Cake
Fondant Wedding Cake

Monkey Love Wedding Cake Image Courtesy of kelannfuller

Applying the fondant to the cake

Applying the fondant to the cake
Applying the fondant to the cake

Fondant Tools and Molds

Fondant Decorating
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Fondant Tiered Cake
Fondant Tiered Cake

Fondant Wedding Cake Image Courtesy of Sandra's Cakes

Cutting out fondant leaf decorations

Cutting out fondant leaf decorations
Cutting out fondant leaf decorations

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      Hi Janet Love your article and all the great photo examples of fondant use. Mike that posted 5 hours ago here has a live spam link in his comment that you may want to remove. They are everywhere.

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      RyanViola 3 years ago

      Wow!!! Fondant is really amazing, I will surely use it in decorating cakes.

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      Maggie42 3 years ago

      This looks amazing

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      maijame 3 years ago

      Gotta try it!

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      shalinims 3 years ago

      Hi, your cake designs are amazing. Did you use the fondant with the same consistency to cover the cake as well as sculpt the amazing objects? Don't you think that the former should be thinner than the later?

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      herbielive 3 years ago

      How fun!!!

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      Kylyssa Shay 3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      @CamelliaPenny: I'm neither a great artist nor a great baker but I have fun with fondant anyway. You don't have to be a pro to enjoy creating art.

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      Kylyssa Shay 3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I've been making fondant cakes for friends and family since 2008 but mine don't look as good as yours. Your school cake is outstanding! You should do this professionally.

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      Perrin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      I would never have considered using fondant before, because I don't consider myself to be a great artist or a great baker. But you have made me want to try! Love all the pics of the cakes.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I adore the stiletto cake! Fondant icing is the best thing ever to play around with - I'm not even that fond of eating it to be honest, but I love decorating cakes sooo much! Your lens is great :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great lens, thanks a lot for sharing :)

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      This sounds like so much fun. I would love to try it. Great lens!

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      kittyhappykitty 3 years ago

      This article was terrific fun! I love all of the colors. Thank you! You make me happy!

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      kpheebs 3 years ago

      I love making cakes with sugar paste.

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      Nurse32 3 years ago

      omg so cool! love this idea! :3

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      Sorry no tips. Just hand me a fork and a plate. Then pass the cake.

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      Iluv2bme 3 years ago

      What fun! I love these ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

      Great lens..I love to play (yes I said it, play!) with fondant!

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      seleen fouad 3 years ago

      I love the dress cakes

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      First saw it on Ace of Cakes, on the long list of things I want to try! Great lens!

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      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      this looks like so much fun! i wish i could do it.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Wow what a pretty lens, the cakes look so beautiful with fondant and lens is so informative. Thank you!

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      joanzueway 3 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful lens

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      lizzie-robinson 3 years ago

      These look amazing!! Yum!

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      hjmalms97 3 years ago

      This lens is awesome!! I've never used fondant before but after reading your lens I'm going to start playing around with it! :-)

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      Bonfire Designs 3 years ago

      Beautiful cake decorating!

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      Sure Temp 3 years ago

      yum! now i want cake :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      yummy I want taste

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      eiramarie 3 years ago

      Really love designing cakes someday, thank you for this beautiful info

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      sweetmarvelous 3 years ago

      my mom are very good in decorating cakes.and sharing a work with her is the best memory bonding moments we had.Hope i could make another cake bonding moments with her.Love you Nanay!

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      Klinetka 3 years ago

      I really like cakes decorated with fondant. They look so nice :-)

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      I like all the different cake designs you showcased in this lens! I have never really made my own cake, but I have watched Cake Boss and I admire the work that is created with cakes. I really enjoyed reading your lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I should try this with some friends it would be fun :D

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Thanks for the outstanding lens, I have visited it a few times over the last few years and have always found something helpful on it and now I am interested in trying to make my own and was wondering Which fondant recipe above tastes the best?

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      ireneporter 4 years ago

      My friend's bachelorette party is coming up soon and I really want to make something beautiful using fondant.

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      MasterbuildRoof 4 years ago

      Great lens and beautiful photos too.

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      JaspinderKaur 4 years ago

      Great great great lens! i like soooooo much.beautiful pics.i never explain how much i like this.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      This was a delightful lens, Janet21! I wanted a piece of every cake.

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      sbconcepts 4 years ago

      Love this lens! Such fun with Fondant and great details about every step, easy to follow, colorful and so interesting!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I loved reading this! I've been wondering about fondant for the longest time.

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      vicky71 4 years ago

      This is one of the most informative lenses i came across on cakes. Thanks a ton. My wife is gonna love it.

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      From the likes you get this is obviously a very popular hobby. I don't bake but was still fascinated by your lens. Thanks

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      SBRTechnologies1 4 years ago

      Your title is perfect...

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      ireneporter 4 years ago

      Fondant is such a great hobby. The possibilities are endless and I could play with that for hours. And it's tasty too...

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Fun lens with nice photos!

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Great lens. I will try at home.

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      cwilson360 4 years ago

      I love working with Fondant! Thanks for posting your recipes, the one I use is great but takes ages so I've been searching for a new one!

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      nicolekato 4 years ago

      Oh if only I had the time to experiment with amazing cake designs. Great lens!

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      You had me at play-doh but now I've got you bookmarked! Loving this fondant idea!

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      allishab 4 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun!

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      Nutrisimohealth 4 years ago

      These loom soo beautiful! I've never tried fondant but would love too.

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      amandascloset0 4 years ago

      I can use fondant, although I prefer not to. It's difficult to work with, time consuming and unfortunately for me If it tastes good it doesn't work well, if it works well it doesn't taste good. Good lens and nice tips. Thanks for posting.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Every well decorated cakes!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      It sure looks like an easy way to decorate a cake. The cakes look very nice almost too nice to eat.

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      A great lens. Where do you find so many fondant recipes?

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      dudokdudok 4 years ago

      Absolutelly gorgeous lense. It must have tkaen you a long time to put together.

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      Beautiful article! I have never decorated a cake with fondant before, but I do use it to create embellishments for fancy homemade chocolates.

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas. So colorful! I love the Fondant Topsy Turvy Cake.

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      Toytasting LM 4 years ago

      Those are some awesome and delicious looking cakes. Especially the topsy turvy cake. Kids will love them

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      pauline60 4 years ago

      The skill of cake decorators never ceases to amaze me, I am completely hopeless at it and just wish I could create something half as beautiful as the cakes on here. Absolutely incredible.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Wow nice lens. so colorful. Like them all structures. Thanks for sharing.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Your photos are absolutely outstanding. Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      the princess one is my favourite :)

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      flouronmyface lm 4 years ago

      What beautiful cakes! I have tried working with fondant in the past and it just doesn't work out for me.

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      alina nicoleta92 4 years ago

      Very nice lens and the cakes are extremely awesome and remarkable.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      WOW! Very pretty and wonderful fondant cakes! I want to have Fondant Topsy Turvy Cake please! :) Great lens!

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      You know, I always wondered how they did that, and how much icing it took and how they get so thick. Now I know it's something called fondant. Thanks for sharing, great lens!!!

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      DvdMovieGirl 4 years ago

      Feeling very hungry now! Lovely lens

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      I love your cakes!Please share more.

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      NejaLovely 4 years ago

      I like Buddy, great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      beautiful... nice color combination.. keep the good work

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      DivaChick LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for an awesome lens :-D Can wait to try using fondant again..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wow, this looking so nice, lovely images

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I took cake decorating classes a while back and really enjoyed it. I haven't tried the fondant type of decorating though. Looks like a lot of fun!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Fondant is the norm for cake decorating in England and I've always preferred the buttercream of American cakes. But I can see the appeal for adult play, definitely!

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      wiyadase 4 years ago

      so colorful... yummy :))

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      HuggsX3 LM 4 years ago

      Wow this looks like so much fun! These are awesome! I would love to be able to do this!

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      I loved the title of your lens!

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      Wow now I just want to go and make cakes. Never played with fondant before but I used to love Play Doh so it should be a match made in heaven! lol Blessed :)

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Wonderful as well as amazin'! I never made a so wonderful decorated cake! They all look special!Three thumbs up for your lens ;)

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      yourtablecloth 4 years ago

      Works of art

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      mateycha 4 years ago

      woow it's amaizing

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      nicey 4 years ago

      Fantastic cakes! It is breath taking.I really really love it.

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      I always love looking at the really cool cakes made with fondant - so cute...some so simple and some so extravagant but all so beautiful!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Great lens, the pictured cakes are beautiful, I have never tried till now, but your lens is inspiring me.

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      Not only it looks brilliant! it makes the cake so original!

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I love the shoe cake. Got to try making this. Thanks for such a fun lens.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Isn't it so addicitive! I used to think it was such a difficult thing to do, but after a few classes I realised there were many things I could do. I made my own wedding cake.

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      daisychainsaw lm 4 years ago

      Lovely lens! Yummy!

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      MissKeenReviewer 4 years ago

      I love to appreciate the beauty of a fondant cake but I don't like the taste of it..I rather have an icing on my cake. This is a great lens and thanks for sharing.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Working with fondant takes time and effort but the results are worth it. Great lens!

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      Ajenje 4 years ago

      I love fondant, just have not had time to try decorating with it.

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      So many beautiful examples.

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      The-Quirky-Banana 4 years ago

      Cakes and confectionery are so pretty! Too pretty to eat! :)

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      aydensmom 4 years ago

      Thanks for this. I love cakes with fondant, just wish it was as easy as it looks.

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      purpleclouds 4 years ago

      Great lens and ideas!

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great lens with valuable info...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love that Monkey Wedding Cake!

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      OneHappyFeet 4 years ago

      It looks fun

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have great luck with getting tiered cakes done, but horrible luck with it staying intact later...how do you get the cake itself to be firm enough to hold the fondant? and if that's not the problem...any tips?