How to work with Fondant

Working with fondant can be a daunting task for many bakers, but with the right techniques and tips, you can create beautiful and professional-looking bespoke cakes. Fondant is a versatile sugar paste that can be rolled out and molded into various shapes and designs, making it a popular choice for cake decorating.

What is Fondant?

Fondant is a type of icing that is made from sugar, water, and gelatin. It has a smooth and pliable texture, making it easy to work with. Fondant is often used to cover cakes and create intricate decorations.


Mad Tea Party Cake - Jack and Beyond


Preparing Fondant

Before working with fondant, it is important to knead it until it is smooth and pliable. Dust your work surface with powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Roll out the fondant to the desired thickness using a rolling pin.

Covering a Cake with Fondant

To cover a cake with fondant, first, apply a thin layer of buttercream or ganache to the cake to help the fondant adhere. Carefully drape the rolled-out fondant over the cake and smooth it out with a fondant smoother. Trim any excess fondant with a sharp knife.

Creating Fondant Decorations

Fondant can be molded and shaped into various decorations such as flowers, bows, and figurines. Use fondant tools and molds to create intricate designs. Allow the decorations to dry and harden before placing them on the cake.

Coloring Fondant

You can color fondant using gel food coloring. Knead the coloring into the fondant until it is evenly distributed. Start with a small amount of coloring and add more as needed to achieve the desired shade.


Fairy Garden Cake - Jack and Beyond


Storing Fondant

Store fondant in an airtight container at room temperature. Avoid exposing fondant to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures, as this can cause it to dry out or become sticky. If fondant becomes too dry, knead in a small amount of vegetable shortening to restore its elasticity.

With practice and patience, you can master the art of working with fondant and create stunning cakes that will impress your friends and family. Looking for inspiration? Have a look at our Mad Tea Party cake and our Forest Animal cake to spark your imagination! Remember to have fun and experiment with different techniques. Have fun unleashing your creativity!

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