Take your cakes and cupcakes to a new level using our updated and easier fondant recipe and fun decorating ideas.
What Is Fondant?
Traditional fondant is a simple sugar-and-water mixture cooked to the soft-ball stage. After it is cooked, fondant can be beaten and kneaded until it is pliable, then formed into decorations or candy. Fondant has revolutionized cake and cupcake decorating. This versatile mixture can be colored, flavored, rolled, imprinted, and cut into any number of shapes. It can also be used to cover an entire cake or cupcakes. While you can purchase fondant, homemade is softer and easier to work with. Also, unlike commercial fondants, freshly made homemade fondant usually has a better flavor. Traditional homemade fondant requires standing over a hot stove and a candy thermometer, but our streamlined version (below) is prepared in the microwave without having to use a candy thermometer. It's made with marshmallows, white baking chocolate, and vanilla -- a great flavor combination.
How to Prepare the Fondant
*Tip: Clear vanilla can be found in the cake-decorating department of hobby and crafts stores.
Tips for Working with Fondant
How to Tint Fondant
A spectrum of colors is available in paste-style food coloring. The advantage of using paste food coloring to color fondant is that the color will not be diluted when you mix it with the white fondant. You can use the colors as packaged or combine them to create custom colors. Paste food colorings are available at hobby and crafts stores.
Tip: Wear plastic gloves to avoid discoloring your hands. If you are using different colors, you will want to have
several pairs of gloves.
How to Flavor Fondant
In place of vanilla in the above recipe, stir in a few drops of your favorite flavoring, such as almond, lemon, or orange extract.
How to Roll Out Fondant
To use fondant, roll it out with a rolling pin on a surface coated with additional powered sugar. For large sheets to cover cakes and cupcakes and for cutting out decorations, you will want to roll out a sheet about 1/8 inch thick. If you are going to cover a cake, you might want to invest in a special wide rolling pin designed for fondant.
How to Decorate with Fondant
Now that your fondant is made, use these tools and techniques to decorate.