Fondant is a special covering used for cakes and cupcakes instead of traditional frosting. There are three types of fondant, each having a specific use. They are: rolled fondant, poured fondant and sculpted fondant. Fondant is more often used on birthday cakes, and almost never used on wedding cakes.
You will need
- Baked cake
- Cake board
- Butter cream icing
- Rolled fondant
- Gel food colouring (optional)
- Icing sugar
- Rolling pin
- Cake smoother tool
- Prepared poured fondant
- Prepared sculpting fondant
- Secure baked cakes to a cake board by dabbing some icing onto the board. Place the cake on top of it and frost the cake with a thin layer of butter cream icing. The icing will act as a base for the rolled fondant.
- If colouring is desired, apply a small amount of gel food colouring to the ball of fondant before kneading. Make a small hole in the top of the ball and add the gel; knead until the desired shade is reached.
- Knead the fondant to a pliable consistency so that it can be rolled out further with the rolling pin.
- Sprinkle it with a little confectioner’s sugar if the fondant feels sticky.
- Dust a surface with icing sugar and set the fondant on it. Roll it out to ¼ of an inch. When the fondant is rolled to that extent, roll it up onto the rolling pin.
- Unroll the fondant onto the cake with the rolling pin until the cake is draped with the rolled fondant. Carefully smooth the fondant with your palm or a cake smoother, to work out small bubbles or ripples in the fondant.
- Cut off excess with fondant cutters or a sharp knife. If desired, add a second layer of fondant, repeating prior steps.
- Allow to dry for a few hours.
- Pour a prepared liquid fondant on the centre of the cake.
- Use a spatula to smooth the fondant over the cake and down the sides.
- the fondant to dry.
- Break off a piece of prepared sculpting fondant.
- Form the figure of an object, flower, person or animal.
- Use food colouring or fondant sculpting tools and technique as desired. Sculpting fondant is not used to cover the cake but to instead make cake decorations such as cake toppers.
- Add completed sculpted cake decorations to the rolled or poured fondant cake.
- Add a little bit of colour at a time when colouring fondants and make more fondant than needed. For marbled fondant, add colour to rolled fondant, but knead only until colour is partially mixed instead of completely.
- Get rolled fondant wet, or it will become gluey and will not be useable.