If you loved playing with clay as a child, it is time to utilize the skill to work with fondant. You can roll it and cut it, imprint designs, create dazzling color effects and form it into just any shape. However, the sad part of the story is most people do not even have the idea what fondant is, though commonly used in cake decorating. Fondant is stiff sugary icing that is used for covering traditional cakes for special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, showers and others. It is a sugar paste that consists of confectioners’ sugar and gelatin, which is cooked till it attains a softball stage and cooled and then beaten to get an opaque creamy consistency.
Fondant is used for providing a smooth surface for adding decorations and keeping the cake fresh. It can simply be rolled, textured, sculpted, molded, embossed and cut into various shapes. A great decorative confection to use, fondant can help you make almost anything you can imagine. The main advantage of using fondant is that you can prepare a silky, perfect looking cake in a short amount of time. Find some decorating ideas for fondant cakes in the following lines. Go ahead and create some attractive looking cakes.
Decorating Ideas For Fondant Cakes
Decorate your fondant cake with stripes and give it a fun look. Cut out strips of fondant using a ribbon cutter or pizza cutter and add them along the edges of the cake. You can either use one color or a combination of different colors. Finish off the cake by adding a bow or writing on the top of the cake.
Use cookie cutter circles for creating dots. Cut circles in various sizes of one color or different colors of fondant. Apply the cut out circles on the fondant covered cake, using a wet finger or placing them on a damp towel and then adding to the cake.
You can use cookie cutters of different sizes and shapes to decorate the fondant cake. Use colored fondant to cut out squares, autumn leaves, hearts and holiday decorations. Add more effects as per your desire.
Cut out fondant flowers using cookie cutters or molds. Give your flowers a 3D look by stacking up flowers of different sizes.
Use fondant figures to highlight the entire design of the cake by placing them on the center. Create people with a theme or animals in the jungle to decorate the whole fondant cake.
Get some textured mats or rolling pins from the market that leave back a pattern on the top of the fondant. Use the rolling pins to roll out the fondant and drape it over the cake. This is indeed one of the easiest ways to create an elegant look to the fondant.
- Always store fondant icing in a plastic bag and keep it in a tightly sealed container to prevent it from drying out.
- Use fondant icing at room temperature for decorating cakes.
- Since fondant dries out fast, apply it to the cake within 5 minutes after it has been rolled out. After the fondant has been applied, the cake can be stored for several days.
- To get a smooth and flawless result, the working surface, rolling pin and hands should be clean and lint free.
- Apply a “crumb coat” (a thin layer of icing) to the cake before adding on the fondant to provide a tacky surface for the fondant to stick on.