Fondant Cake Decorating: It's Play-Doh for Grown Ups!
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
Have you ever decorated a cake with fondant?
Creative Fondant Tips & Tricks
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.
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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.
Fairy Princess Fondant Cake Image Courtesy of Special Cakes by Tracey
Monkey Love Wedding Cake Image Courtesy of kelannfuller
Applying the fondant to the cake
Fondant Tools and Molds
Fondant Wedding Cake Image Courtesy of Sandra's Cakes
Cutting out fondant leaf decorations
Do you make your fondant from scratch?
- Rolled Fondant
1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup cold water 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1 tablespoon glycerin 2 tablespoons shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- Rolled Buttercream Fondant
1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup shortening 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
- Quick Pour Chocolate Fondant
6 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted 5 fluid ounces water 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1 teaspoon almond extract
- Cream Fondant
2 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 tbsp. light corn syrup 1/2 c. heavy cream 1/4 c. milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla Wax (optional)
- No Cook Fondant
1/3 c. soft butter 1/3 c. Karo - Red Label 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 3 1/2 c. (1 lb.) sifted confectioner's sugar
- Peanut Butter Fondant
1 lb. confectioners' sugar 1/3 c. butter, softened 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1/3 c. light corn syrup Peanut Butter
- Basic Fondant
5 c. sugar 1 c. whole milk 1 c. heavy cream 4 tbsp. butter 1/2 tsp. flavoring (optional) 1 c. nuts, chopped (optional)
- Marshmallow Fondant
16 ounces white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand) 2-5 tablespoons water 2 lbs icing sugar (please use C&H Cane Powdered Sugar for the best results) 1/2 cup Crisco shortening (you will be digging into it so place in a very easily acc