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How to make fondant for a cake at home?

Updated on August 3, 2013

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.

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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.

Ingredients

  • 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
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Gelatin - the first ingredient

How to make fondant - ingredient Gelatin
How to make fondant - ingredient Gelatin

Pour 5 teaspoons of gelatin powder into the mixing bowl

Where to get the gelatin powder?

Add water to gelatin

How to make fondant - Gelatin and water
How to make fondant - Gelatin and water

Now put in 1/4 cup of water to the gelatin

Mix the gelatin and water

How to make fondant - step 3 mix water and gelatin
How to make fondant - step 3 mix water and gelatin

Stir gelatin and water until well mixed and let it soak for 5 minutes

Double-Boiled

How to make fondant - boil the gelatin
How to make fondant - boil the gelatin

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

How to make fondant - dissolved gelatin
How to make fondant - dissolved gelatin

Double boiled the mixture until they are totally dissolved

Add in liquid glucose

How to make fondant - adding glucose
How to make fondant - adding 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

How to make fondant for cakes - heat the glucose and gelatin
How to make fondant for cakes - heat the glucose and gelatin

Heat and keep stirring until the liquid glucose have homogenized mixed with gelatin.

Add in shortening

How to make fondant for cakes - add in shortening
How to make fondant for cakes - 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

How to make fondant - melted shortening
How to make fondant - melted shortening

This is how it will look like when all the shortening had dissolved.

Add in some vanilla essence

How to make fondant - add in vanilla essence
How to make fondant - add in vanilla essence

Remove the bowl from heat, and add in some vanilla essence to give it a nice fragrance.

Add in the Glycerin

How to make fondant - add in glycerin
How to make fondant - add in 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

How to make fondant - icing sugar
How to make fondant - icing sugar

Now pour half of the icing sugar into another bowl.

The main ingredient - Icing sugar

Make a hole

How to make fondant - icing sugar with concave
How to make fondant - icing sugar with concave

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

How to make fondant - add in glucose mixture
How to make fondant - add in glucose mixture

Now you can add the glucose mixture into the icing sugar.

Stir the mixture

How to make fondant - mix well with icing sugar
How to make fondant - mix well with icing sugar

Stir the mixture in one direction until it is well mixed

Time to knead, squeeze and push

How to make fondant - fondant ready to be use
How to make fondant - fondant ready to be use

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

how to make fondant for cakes
how to make fondant for cakes

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

How to make fondant for cake
How to make fondant for cake

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

How to make fondant for cake
How to make fondant for cake

Now use the flatten fondant to cover the cake to give it a smooth surface and nicer look.

Another colored fondant

How to make fondant for cakes
How to make fondant for cakes

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

How to make a fondant for cake
How to make a fondant for cake

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

How to make fondant for cake
How to make fondant for cake

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

How to make fondant cake
How to make fondant 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.

Please tell me what you think about this guide.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      where will we get shortening in Mumbai- India..

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Thanks for the step by step guide!

      I can envision a great superlicious delicious cake following your steps! Yummy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have note down ur reciepy and will love to try it,thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful method.stay blessed.SHEHNILA TAUSEEF.

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      intermarks 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You can try to replace liquid glucose with same amount of corn syrup, but as for the glycerine, I can't think of any replacement you can use. Glycerin is important for the texture or appearance of the fondant. Try to find it in the drugstore and you will be able to get it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What can I use in the replacement of liquid glucose and glycerine?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What can I use in replacement for liquid glucose and glycerine? =)

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      thanks for liking and commenting on my lens.

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. I could taste the fondant while I was reading through.

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      intermarks 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Shortening is actually a kind of solid fat that is made from vegetable oils. You can use margarine with the same amount as the shortening or 1/3 in quantity for butter. But whenever you use an alternative to replace something, always make in small quantity just in case it doesn't work.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what is shortning and what is the alternate of shortning we can use in this fondant if the shortning is unavailable.?

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I love that you posted pictures of your first time making fondant at home. Thank you for sharing this...it makes me think maybe I could try. Fantastic page and very helpful resources. Thank you!

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      intermarks 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You will need it when you knead, squeeze and push the dough, until it is not sticky. At this stage, you probably will use up all the other half of 250g of icing sugar.

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      orthopedic matt 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info on making fondant! Now I need to go and make my own!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      you mentioned 500g icing sugar but used only 250g .what about the other 250g?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, this is an Awesome Lens and now I want to try this!! I want to put my Baking Skills to the Test!! :D

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, I did. I enjoy so much when making this lens since I have gone through the whole process of making fondant.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nicely done my dear. You must have had fun creating this lens. :)

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      great job

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      Great lens, clear info, well-presented. Thanks!

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      TaniaStar LM 5 years ago

      Looks so nice, great, maybe i could do it to :)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      @sherioz: Yes, it is simple and you just need to follow exactly all the steps.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      It really doesn't look as hard as I thought it would be. Showing all those photos is a great idea.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: It is easy to make but need some time to master. Thank you for visiting.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Wow! You really made this look easy! Thanks for the recipe too :)

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      It looks delicious! Great job!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you very much for visiting and blessing.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome information here, and well presented, step-by-step! Blessed by a SquidAngel!