This week is going to be all about fondant here on the Beki Cook's Cakes Blog.
Wilton cake decorating classes at JoAnn Fabrics in Edina, Minnesota. I also teach other cake classes of my own through community education programs around the East Metro of the Twin Cities.
Let's get started:
What is fondant?
Rolled fondant is made of gelatin, glycerine, sugar... it's kind of like a marshmallow.
Why use fondant?
Where do you get it/ how do you make it?
You absolutely can make it yourself as well. This week, I will share two of my recipes for fondant. One for homemade fondant from scratch, and one using marshmallows as its base. (Stay Tuned!)
Is fondant hard to use?
I don't think fondant is hard to use, but it is kind of fussy, so you need to know how to handle it, how to prepare it, how to apply it to the cake. It's one of those things that takes practice to get it perfect. But it's kind of expensive to buy, so sometimes it's hard to want to spend that kind of money on something that you might mess up.
How do you handle fondant?
To keep fondant from sticking to everything in sight- your hands, your rolling surface, always use a generous coating of shortening.
Know that fondant dries out pretty quickly. You will need to keep any unused fondant wrapped tightly with plastic wrap, or stashed inside of a plastic bag.
Fondant is a dust, lint and pet hair magnet. It will pull those things in from another room! So be sure you have cleaned any surface you're using really, really well, and try to make sure you don't have any fans pointing towards the fondant so that they don't blow the dust and lint right on to it.
How do you store fondant?
Fondant usually lasts 3 weeks to a month if properly stored.
How do you color fondant?
What tools do I need to use fondant?
It's a good idea to have a few basic fondant tools before you get started.
A good rolling pin. This one is made by Wilton (see below for links to my shopping list). You can buy the little rings that go around the edges to help you roll it to a proper thickness. The key is that you don't want it to stick to the fondant. And you want it to be free of any nicks or dings because those will actually show up on the fondant. (That's why I don't like to use my wooden rolling pin with it... that has a few nicks in it.)
A rolling mat. You can buy many that are either plastic-coated or made of silicone. I find the silicone ones are too heavy to use, so I like the plastic-coated ones. You want a mat so that you know how large of a circle you're rolling when you're rolling the fondant to cover the cake. You can also use waxed or parchment paper that you've taped down to your counter top.
A turntable. Now, this is not mandatory for fondant, but it makes life SO much easier when you're trying to cover a cake with it. You can buy some basic ones for less than $15. A turntable is a great, great thing to have for cake decorating. Now, if you have a lazy susan in your kitchen that you use for something else, that's a great substitute.
Now you know the basics. So, you're ready to start making your own fondant or decorating with it.
Ahead this week:Tuesday: The easiest homemade fondant: Marshmallow Fondant Recipe
Wednesday: A Scratch Fondant Recipe that actually tastes good enough to eat.
Thursday: Step-by-Step How To Cover a Cake with Fondant
Friday: The Great Fondant Comparison. I am taking 5 different kinds of fondant, using them to cover cakes, and hosting a taste-test to see which one holds up to the task of covering a cake beautifully, tastes good, and doesn't break the bank or take too long to make.
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Fondant Decorating Ideas
Cake Decorating Ideas and Projects