How to make fondant for a cake at home?
Making fondant for cakes - The step by step guides
Have you ever seen cakes with very nice and adorable decoration? Some of them are made into flower, cartoon characters, cute animals and even handbag. Do you know what they are made? Are they edible? I guess many people do not know what it is made of. I was like most of you too. Whenever I passed by the bakery shop, those beautiful yet cute cake decorations will catch my attention. I never knew what it was called until I learned from a friend who likes baking. It is called Fondant. Its main ingredient is sugar, and of course it is sweet. Definitely, it is also edible!
Fondant is not difficult to make, but you just need some patience, energy and time. Why the need to be patient?It is because when you are making fondant, you can't be rushing or else it will not turn out the way you wanted it to be . Everything has to be done step by step, and you will need a few hours (time) to prepare the fondant. During the preparation, you will need some energy to knead, squeeze, push, and pull until the fondant is ready to be use. So be prepared for it if you are going to make your own fondant for cakes.
Making fondant for cake
Have you ever make a fondant for cake?
Simple Step By Step Instructions
The easy and simple step by step instructions on making your own fondant
Making fondant is simple and you only need a few ingredients and you can prepare fondant like what you saw in the bakery. Fondant is very flexible and can easily make into anything you like.
- 5 teaspoon gelatin powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup liquid glucose
- 2 tablespoon shortening
- 1 tablespoon glycerine
- A little bit of vanilla essence
- 500 g icing sugar
Gelatin - the first ingredient
Pour 5 teaspoons of gelatin powder into the mixing bowl
Where to get the gelatin powder?
Add water to gelatin
Now put in 1/4 cup of water to the gelatin
Mix the gelatin and water
Stir gelatin and water until well mixed and let it soak for 5 minutes
Double-boiled the mixture of gelatin and water, this is the safest method to avoid the gelatin to become burnt and harden.
Boil until all gelatin are melted
Double boiled the mixture until they are totally dissolved
Add in liquid glucose
After the gelatin have fully dissolved in water, now you can add in the 1/2 cup of liquid glucose.
Heat and mix the liquid glucose and gelatin
Heat and keep stirring until the liquid glucose have homogenized mixed with gelatin.
Add in shortening
Now you can add in the 2 tablespoons of shortening, keep stirring until it is dissolved. Once the shortening is totally dissolved, remove the mixture from heat.
The melted shortening
This is how it will look like when all the shortening had dissolved.
Add in some vanilla essence
Remove the bowl from heat, and add in some vanilla essence to give it a nice fragrance.
Add in the Glycerin
After you have added the vanilla essence, now you can add in the final ingredient - Glycerin. Mix well and leave aside till it is lukewarm.
It is time to use the icing sugar
Now pour half of the icing sugar into another bowl.
The main ingredient - Icing sugar
Make a hole
Now make a concave in the middle of the icing sugar so that when you pour in the glucose mixture, it can remain in the middle of the icing sugar.
Add in the mixture
Now you can add the glucose mixture into the icing sugar.
Stir the mixture
Stir the mixture in one direction until it is well mixed
Time to knead, squeeze and push
When the icing sugar and liquid mixture are well mixed, it is time to knead, squeeze and push the dough until you don't feel sticky with you hand. Only then, it is ready to be use.
This step will used up most of your energy and time, so be prepare for it.
Yeah! Fondant is now ready for use
Once the fondant is not sticky anymore, it is now considered is ready to be use. Now you can add in edible colorant to give it some colour. One or two drop of colorant will be sufficient to make a beautiful coloured fondant. To make the colour look even, you have to knee it one more time until the colour look homogenized. Only now your fondant is really ready for use.
In the picture above, I have added a yellow colorant to my fondant and I use a rolling pin to make it flat and even so that I can use it to cover the cake that I made later. The white one is the original fondant that has not been added with any colorant.
Get your cake ready
You can now get your cake ready by putting a layer of cream so that the fondant will stick to it.
Cover the cake with fondant
Now use the flatten fondant to cover the cake to give it a smooth surface and nicer look.
Another colored fondant
I make this pink colored fondant for making a rose. You do not need to look for pink colorant, but instead just use any red colorant with only one drop will be sufficient to give you this color. If you want a darker color, just add a few more drops of red colorant will do.
Use baking tools - Shape cutter
You can be creative now by using any kind of shape cutter to create something. For example in this case, I am using a petal shape cutter so that I can make a rose.
Here is what I did, cut 4 pieces of petal and make one droplet shape, and combine it one by one by holding it with a stick or toothpick so that it can form a rose.
Tools you will need to decorate your cake with beautiful fondant
Decorate the cake with fondant rose
Now you can put the completed rose on the cake and to make it look real, make a few leaves using a green colored fondant, and Ta-Da! It is now done!
This is my first time making a fondant decorated cake, so, it might not look perfect and professional, but I am proud to show you what I did. I believe if I can make it, you will also be able to make it.
My Completed Fondant Decorated Cake
This is a completed fondant decorated cake that I have made for the first time. So, I do hope that you will like it, and with this step by step pictured guide. I believe you too can make a beautiful fondant cake.
The empty space is purposely leave it blank like that so that I can write something on it later.
Hope you like it and have a great day!
Shortcut of making fondant
Do not have time for preparing your own fondant, here you have another alternative, you can find the ready made fondant easily here and can use it straight away for your cakes.
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