Working with fondant can be an easy alternative to cake decorating.
It can also be combined with traditional cake decorating techniques
to make great looking cakes. All you need to do is learn a few
basics of fondant and practice, as everything regarding cake
decorating. It can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of
What is Fondant?
Fondant is made from powdered sugar, corn syrup and water.
Flavoring can be added as well. By covering a cake with this
technique, you can give it a flat smooth surface. This method is
like working with clay. It will form shapes, can be rolled out,
cut with cookie cutters, twirled around wooden dowels to make
ribbons and pretty much formed into whatever decorations your
imagination comes up with.
I love Wilton for most things cake decorating except for their
fondant. It may be easy to work with but it tastes so bad you'll
end up peeling it off and eating the cake itself. Their is nothing
wrong with that but I love the mixture of a great tasting frosting
and delicious cake mixed together. There are a few options for
better tasting icing if you do go with ready made. My favorites
are Satin Ice and Fondarific.
Here is what they look like...
If you have extra fondant when you are done decorating your
cake store it at room temperature in a tightly covered
Once you've decorated your cake it is best not to store it in
the fridge as the icing will start to "sweat"
Fondant Cake Decorating Techniques
Now that you've learned what it is and you have your store bought or
homemade fondant icing recipe done and ready, it is time to learn
some basic cake decorating techniques and start working with
How to Color Fondant
If you have colored fondant on hand as well as white, you can color
fondant by taking a piece of colored icing and kneading it into the
white. The trick is to continue to knead until all color is
distributed. This may take a few minutes and some good exercise!
If you want a marble effect stop kneading when your color
is slightly mixed and it will look marbled.
Coloring using paste coloring
To color your fondant in this method, you will use your paste or gel
coloring, same as we suggested for coloring icing. Use a toothpick
or tip of a table knife to scoop out a small bit of coloring. Add to
your white icing and knead until color is well blended. This may
take a few minutes and some good exercise!
~ Plastic gloves come in handy here so your fingers don't turn
colors as well!
How to Cover Cake with Fondant
Sprinkle your counter or mat with powdered sugar (or cornstarch) we
prefer powdered sugar. You can use your kitchen counter or there is
a fondant mat that shows you how big to roll your circle depending
on the size of your cake. You want your circle to be larger than
your cake so you can cut off the excess. You'd rather have too
much too cut off then not enough to cover.
Roll fondant out. You want it to be about 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick or
about as thick as a nickel.
With your hands or with your rolling pin place your rolled circle on
top of your frosted cake. Smooth top flat with your hand starting in
the middle and working toward edges. This lets the air out.
We went a little overboard with the amount for
this picture you really don't need this much excess!
Move along the edges smoothing as you go. Bubbles often occur while
rolling or smoothing on the cake. You can easily pop them with a
sewing pin and smooth out. Cut excess with a knife or pizza cutter
close to the bottom edge.
Move your covered cake to your board or serving platter. You can add
a fondant ribbon strip to your bottom edge or pipe a border to
finish the edges.
Tips when working with fondant
You can grease your hands with shortening to soften your icing
Roll circle and turn to form an even circle.
Don't flip circle over to other side as you would other dough
when cooking. Just continue to turn circle until it is the
desired shape and thickness.
Save your excess pieces you cut off and make decorations for
your cake or save for another day. Place in ziploc baggie and
store at room temperature.
7 Fondant Cake Decorating Ideas
There are so many things you can do with fondant that it may be hard
to determine what to do! We're going to narrow down some easy and
fun fondant decorations that you can create. You'll still need to
put your cake together yourself but we'll get you started.
Stripes are a fun way to decorate your fondant cake. Cut strips
with a ribbon cutter or pizza cutter and add to your cake along
the edges. You can use all one color or a combination of colors
for a fun look. Add a bow or writing on the top to finish it off.
This design has a lot of our ideas below, dots, figures, and
Cookie cutter circles work great for dots. Cut different size
circles out of one color or many different colors of fondant.
Apply to your fondant covered cake with a wet finger.
Any size or shape cookie cutters can be used to decorate your
fondant. Try squares, autumn leaves, hearts or holiday decorations
cut out of colored fondant. You can add more affects to each
decoration if needed. Apply your designs in whatever fashion you'd
Fondant flowers can be created easily with cookie cutters or
molds. Stack several size flowers for a 3D look or add edible
pearls in the center of the flower.
A fondant figure can be the center of the whole design. Depending
on whether you created a person with a theme or an animal in the
jungle, the figures make the whole cake.
You can buy textured mats or rolling pins that leave a pattern on
top of your fondant. This is an easy way to create an elegant look
to your cakes.
Add a bow and some roses for an elegant look or add a bow to the
center like you would a present.
How to Make Fondant Loop Bows
Working with Fondant Tips
your icing is too hard to work with you can microwave it for
5-10 seconds and it will soften up. Be careful of hot spots
You can also place shortening on your hands to knead your
If it is too soft knead small amounts of powdered sugar into
it on a cornstarch sprinkled counter.
Always cover your icing when not using it so it won't dry out.