38 Responses “My First Fondant Cake!”
A midst my packed schedule, I managed to squeeze in my very first class in Fondant last weekend at Gloria’s Cake and Candy Supply in West LA. It was freaking awesome! And, was probably the most relaxing 3 hours ever! Yes, I find cake decorating extremely relaxing- I can get into a zone, forget about everything else on my plate and just enjoy some quiet time. It was exactly what I needed, and I learned so much!
Fondant was easier to work with than I thought and I really loved the medium itself. It’s like working with clay, but without the huge mess and gross dry feeling on your hands. The outcome looks so neat and clean- a look that I generally prefer. I think after one class I learned enough to really start experimenting at home- and am actually considering buying a book on it to learn more techniques. But, for those of you that are brave, here are the basics for covering a cake… Give it a try. It’s so worth it!
Step 1: Knead your fondant. This is pretty straight forward- it should be warm and pliable. If it starts sticking to your hand just rub a little Crisco on your hands and keep going.
Step 2: Roll your fondant. Use a french rolling pin, or even a piece of PVC pipe, roll it out till it approx. 1/8 in thick. Use confectioners sugar or corn starch to prevent the fondant from sticking to your mat. In addition, you need to do a little math here… if you are covering an round cake, add up the diameter of the cake and 2 times the height. For example, you have an 8 inch round cake that is 4 inches high you’ll want to roll your fondant into a 16 inch circle (8+4+4=16).
Step 3: Cover your cake: Roll your fondant circle onto your rolling pin and the roll it out onto your crumb coated round cake. Use your smoother tool to smooth top and sides. Be careful not to pull the fondant too much, as it is prone to ripping. Trim excess using a pizza cutter around the edge of the cake.
Step 4: Decorate! Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes that can be applied to the cake with just a dab of water. You can color the fondant easily too! Take a ball on fondant and create a small well in the middle it with your finger. Add a couple drops of gel food coloring and twist and knead. Keep going till the color is well distributed. (Tip- unless you want super colorful hands- use latex gloves for this task!) Also, always cover the fondant your not using with plastic wrap to prevent drying.
Step 5: Show off and Eat! You’re friends will be super impressed with your beautifully decorated fondant cake!
No go test this out! I like seriously can’t wait to give this a try again myself! If any of you have given Fondant a try as well, I would love to hear about it!
Happy Baking and Fondant-ing!
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