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Fondant Cake Decorating

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Decorating with Fondant

Fondant is referred to by many as "Baker's Play-Doh" because of it's clay-like consistency and molding capabilities. It is a creamy confection that can be used as a filling or a covering for cakes, cookies, candies, and other sweets.

The standard recipe consists of water, sugar and glucose. However, there are many other variations of this recipe including Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Quick Pour, Rolled Buttercream and Marshmallow. Fondant creations are not only visually appealing, but a treat for the taste buds as well!

This decorating medium can be used for Wedding Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Petits Fours, Pastries, Candies, etc.

There are many ready-to-use fondants featured on this page including Wilton, Choco-Pan, Satin Ice and Duff Goldman. You can also purchase simple shape cutters to help you get started with this fun cake decorating.

For those experienced, there are so many exciting things you can do to make your creations stand out from the crowd! This includes trying out different recipes and creating custom shapes and designs to accent your masterpiece.

Whichever group you fall into, this page will help you fill your fixation with fondant by providing a photo gallery of beautiful creations, How-To tips, tools and decorating gadgets, ready-to-use, tinted fondant, useful books, recipes and much more.

How to Use Fondant

  • Trim and smooth out your cake before applying. The cake will need to be completely flat. You can even use a fondant smoothing tool or glider to achieve the desired affect.
  • Using frosting, secure the cake to your board so that it will not move around while you are icing it.
  • Apply a buttercream base to smooth out any imperfections in the cake such as crumbs or low spots. The fondant will stick to the buttercream.
  • Let the cake sit in the refrigerator so that the surface will slightly harden. It will make applying the fondant easier. *It is recommended to let the cake cool for at least 24 hours before applying fondant.
  • Knead the fondant until it becomes the consistency of clay and use a rolling pin to flatten it out to about 1/4" or so. Dust the rolling pin and work surface with confectioners sugar to prevent sticking. The size of the fondant should be slightly larger than your cake to allow it to fully cover.
  • Apply the fondant to your cake with the shiny side facing up. Using your hands or a smoothing tool, smooth it out starting from the center and working your way out. This will remove any bubbles. Trim any excess from the bottom of the cake.
  • Decorate with shapes, paint, stencils, ribbons, etc. To attach dried fondant shapes to a cake, make the following recipe: 1 oz. ready-to-use fondant and 1/4 teaspoon cold tap water. Knead the water until it becomes softened and sticky. Brush the mixture onto the back of the dried fondant decoration and attach to cake.
  • You can purchase already tinted fondant, however, if you chose to make your own and tint it yourself, be sure to use icing paste instead of liquid food coloring. Food coloring will be wet and too watered down.
  • You can add flavor using Butter Flavor, Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract and many other flavor enhancers.
Satin Ice

Satin Ice

Tools and Supplies

If you are a fan of Buddy Valastro, you will know that he promotes Satin Ice fondant on his popular show Cake Boss.

  • Satin Ice ~ Orange, Pink, Yellow, Red, Blue, Purple, Black, Green, White and Chocolate
  • Fondant Brush Sets
  • Buttercream Fondant and Gumpaste
  • Rolled Fondant & Ready to Use Fondant

Other brands include Wilton, Fondarific, Choco-Pan and Duff Goldman.

Fairy Princess Fondant Cake

Fairy Princess Fondant Cake

Fondant Monkey Wedding Cake

Fondant Monkey Wedding Cake

Applying the fondant to the cake

Applying the fondant to the cake

Applying the fondant to the cake

Fondant Tiered Cake

Fondant Tiered Cake

Cutting out leaf decorations

Cutting out fondant leaf decorations

Cutting out fondant leaf decorations

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  • Rolled Fondant
    1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup cold water 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1 tablespoon glycerin 2 tablespoons shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • Rolled Buttercream Fondant
    1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup shortening 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • Quick Pour Chocolate Fondant
    6 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted 5 fluid ounces water 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cream Fondant
    2 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 tbsp. light corn syrup 1/2 c. heavy cream 1/4 c. milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla Wax (optional)
  • No Cook Fondant
    1/3 c. soft butter 1/3 c. Karo - Red Label 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 3 1/2 c. (1 lb.) sifted confectioner's sugar
  • Peanut Butter Fondant
    1 lb. confectioners' sugar 1/3 c. butter, softened 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1/3 c. light corn syrup Peanut Butter
  • Basic Fondant
    5 c. sugar 1 c. whole milk 1 c. heavy cream 4 tbsp. butter 1/2 tsp. flavoring (optional) 1 c. nuts, chopped (optional)
  • Marshmallow Fondant
    16 ounces white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand) 2-5 tablespoons water 2 lbs icing sugar (please use C&H Cane Powdered Sugar for the best results) 1/2 cup Crisco shortening (you will be digging into it so place in a very easily acc

Thank you for visiting!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on October 10, 2014:

Hi Janet Love your article and all the great photo examples of fondant use. Mike that posted 5 hours ago here has a live spam link in his comment that you may want to remove. They are everywhere.

RyanViola on September 10, 2014:

Wow!!! Fondant is really amazing, I will surely use it in decorating cakes.

Maggie42 on July 30, 2014:

This looks amazing

maijame on July 30, 2014:

Gotta try it!

shalinims on July 25, 2014:

Hi, your cake designs are amazing. Did you use the fondant with the same consistency to cover the cake as well as sculpt the amazing objects? Don't you think that the former should be thinner than the later?

herbielive on July 22, 2014:

How fun!!!

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on July 18, 2014:

@CamelliaPenny: I'm neither a great artist nor a great baker but I have fun with fondant anyway. You don't have to be a pro to enjoy creating art.

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on July 18, 2014:

I've been making fondant cakes for friends and family since 2008 but mine don't look as good as yours. Your school cake is outstanding! You should do this professionally.

Perrin from South Carolina on July 16, 2014:

I would never have considered using fondant before, because I don't consider myself to be a great artist or a great baker. But you have made me want to try! Love all the pics of the cakes.

Anna from chichester on July 08, 2014:

I adore the stiletto cake! Fondant icing is the best thing ever to play around with - I'm not even that fond of eating it to be honest, but I love decorating cakes sooo much! Your lens is great :)

anonymous on July 05, 2014:

Great lens, thanks a lot for sharing :)

Scindhia from Chennai on July 01, 2014:

This sounds like so much fun. I would love to try it. Great lens!

kittyhappykitty on June 15, 2014:

This article was terrific fun! I love all of the colors. Thank you! You make me happy!

kpheebs on May 15, 2014:

I love making cakes with sugar paste.

Nurse32 on May 12, 2014:

omg so cool! love this idea! :3

PaigSr from State of Confusion on May 05, 2014:

Sorry no tips. Just hand me a fork and a plate. Then pass the cake.

Iluv2bme on April 11, 2014:

What fun! I love these ideas. Thank you for sharing.

katiesnow on March 29, 2014:

Great lens..I love to play (yes I said it, play!) with fondant!

seleen fouad on March 12, 2014:

I love the dress cakes

Donna Cook on February 23, 2014:

First saw it on Ace of Cakes, on the long list of things I want to try! Great lens!

Alyssa DeBoer on February 19, 2014:

this looks like so much fun! i wish i could do it.

VioletteRose LM on January 29, 2014:

Wow what a pretty lens, the cakes look so beautiful with fondant and lens is so informative. Thank you!

joanzueway on January 16, 2014:

Thank you for this wonderful lens

lizzie-robinson on January 12, 2014:

These look amazing!! Yum!

hjmalms97 on January 07, 2014:

This lens is awesome!! I've never used fondant before but after reading your lens I'm going to start playing around with it! :-)

Bonfire Designs on January 03, 2014:

Beautiful cake decorating!

Sure Temp on January 02, 2014:

yum! now i want cake :)

anonymous on November 26, 2013:

yummy I want taste

eiramarie on November 18, 2013:

Really love designing cakes someday, thank you for this beautiful info

sweetmarvelous on October 22, 2013:

my mom are very good in decorating cakes.and sharing a work with her is the best memory bonding moments we had.Hope i could make another cake bonding moments with her.Love you Nanay!

Klinetka on September 25, 2013:

I really like cakes decorated with fondant. They look so nice :-)

Torrs13 on September 13, 2013:

I like all the different cake designs you showcased in this lens! I have never really made my own cake, but I have watched Cake Boss and I admire the work that is created with cakes. I really enjoyed reading your lens!

anonymous on August 22, 2013:

I should try this with some friends it would be fun :D

KyraB on August 19, 2013:

Thanks for the outstanding lens, I have visited it a few times over the last few years and have always found something helpful on it and now I am interested in trying to make my own and was wondering Which fondant recipe above tastes the best?

ireneporter on August 15, 2013:

My friend's bachelorette party is coming up soon and I really want to make something beautiful using fondant.

MasterbuildRoof on August 11, 2013:

Great lens and beautiful photos too.

JaspinderKaur on August 03, 2013:

Great great great lens! i like soooooo much.beautiful pics.i never explain how much i like this.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on July 24, 2013:

This was a delightful lens, Janet21! I wanted a piece of every cake.

sbconcepts on July 22, 2013:

Love this lens! Such fun with Fondant and great details about every step, easy to follow, colorful and so interesting!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on July 22, 2013:

I loved reading this! I've been wondering about fondant for the longest time.

vicky71 on July 19, 2013:

This is one of the most informative lenses i came across on cakes. Thanks a ton. My wife is gonna love it.

socialcx1 on July 15, 2013:

From the likes you get this is obviously a very popular hobby. I don't bake but was still fascinated by your lens. Thanks

SBRTechnologies1 on July 12, 2013:

Your title is perfect...

ireneporter on July 03, 2013:

Fondant is such a great hobby. The possibilities are endless and I could play with that for hours. And it's tasty too...

Meganhere on July 01, 2013:

Fun lens with nice photos!

fcinternetmarketing on June 25, 2013:

Great lens. I will try at home.

cwilson360 on June 20, 2013:

I love working with Fondant! Thanks for posting your recipes, the one I use is great but takes ages so I've been searching for a new one!

nicolekato on June 14, 2013:

Oh if only I had the time to experiment with amazing cake designs. Great lens!

clevergirlname on June 14, 2013:

You had me at play-doh but now I've got you bookmarked! Loving this fondant idea!

allishab on June 04, 2013:

Looks like a lot of fun!

Nutrisimohealth on June 03, 2013:

These loom soo beautiful! I've never tried fondant but would love too.

amandascloset0 on June 01, 2013:

I can use fondant, although I prefer not to. It's difficult to work with, time consuming and unfortunately for me If it tastes good it doesn't work well, if it works well it doesn't taste good. Good lens and nice tips. Thanks for posting.

ConvenientCalendar on May 23, 2013:

Every well decorated cakes!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 21, 2013:

It sure looks like an easy way to decorate a cake. The cakes look very nice almost too nice to eat.

LUMOSE on May 05, 2013:

A great lens. Where do you find so many fondant recipes?

dudokdudok on May 04, 2013:

Absolutelly gorgeous lense. It must have tkaen you a long time to put together.

Corrinna Johnson from BC, Canada on April 21, 2013:

Beautiful article! I have never decorated a cake with fondant before, but I do use it to create embellishments for fancy homemade chocolates.

mistaben on April 19, 2013:

Lovely ideas. So colorful! I love the Fondant Topsy Turvy Cake.

Toytasting LM on April 19, 2013:

Those are some awesome and delicious looking cakes. Especially the topsy turvy cake. Kids will love them

pauline60 on April 16, 2013:

The skill of cake decorators never ceases to amaze me, I am completely hopeless at it and just wish I could create something half as beautiful as the cakes on here. Absolutely incredible.

jayavi on April 10, 2013:

Wow nice lens. so colorful. Like them all structures. Thanks for sharing.

soaringsis on April 08, 2013:

Your photos are absolutely outstanding. Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

chi kung on March 20, 2013:

the princess one is my favourite :)

flouronmyface lm on March 17, 2013:

What beautiful cakes! I have tried working with fondant in the past and it just doesn't work out for me.

alina nicoleta92 on March 16, 2013:

Very nice lens and the cakes are extremely awesome and remarkable.

mrsclaus411 on March 14, 2013:

WOW! Very pretty and wonderful fondant cakes! I want to have Fondant Topsy Turvy Cake please! :) Great lens!

JeffGilbert on March 14, 2013:

You know, I always wondered how they did that, and how much icing it took and how they get so thick. Now I know it's something called fondant. Thanks for sharing, great lens!!!

DvdMovieGirl on March 12, 2013:

Feeling very hungry now! Lovely lens

vinopete on March 07, 2013:

I love your cakes!Please share more.

NejaLovely on March 07, 2013:

I like Buddy, great lens!

anonymous on March 07, 2013:

beautiful... nice color combination.. keep the good work

DivaChick LM on March 03, 2013:

Thanks for an awesome lens :-D Can wait to try using fondant again..

anonymous on March 01, 2013:

wow, this looking so nice, lovely images

ohcaroline on February 28, 2013:

I took cake decorating classes a while back and really enjoyed it. I haven't tried the fondant type of decorating though. Looks like a lot of fun!

ismeedee on February 28, 2013:

Fondant is the norm for cake decorating in England and I've always preferred the buttercream of American cakes. But I can see the appeal for adult play, definitely!

wiyadase on February 27, 2013:

so colorful... yummy :))

HuggsX3 LM on February 27, 2013:

Wow this looks like so much fun! These are awesome! I would love to be able to do this!

Fridayonmymind LM on February 27, 2013:

I loved the title of your lens!

Allison Whitehead on February 26, 2013:

Wow now I just want to go and make cakes. Never played with fondant before but I used to love Play Doh so it should be a match made in heaven! lol Blessed :)

Alessandro Zamboni from Italy on February 26, 2013:

Wonderful as well as amazin'! I never made a so wonderful decorated cake! They all look special!Three thumbs up for your lens ;)

yourtablecloth on February 25, 2013:

Works of art

mateycha on February 25, 2013:

woow it's amaizing

nicey on February 24, 2013:

Fantastic cakes! It is breath taking.I really really love it.

NuttSoRuff on February 24, 2013:

I always love looking at the really cool cakes made with fondant - so cute...some so simple and some so extravagant but all so beautiful!

LadyDuck on February 24, 2013:

Great lens, the pictured cakes are beautiful, I have never tried till now, but your lens is inspiring me.

LeslieMirror on February 24, 2013:

Not only it looks brilliant! it makes the cake so original!

jlshernandez on February 23, 2013:

I love the shoe cake. Got to try making this. Thanks for such a fun lens.

rattie lm on February 23, 2013:

Isn't it so addicitive! I used to think it was such a difficult thing to do, but after a few classes I realised there were many things I could do. I made my own wedding cake.

daisychainsaw lm on February 23, 2013:

Lovely lens! Yummy!

MissKeenReviewer on February 23, 2013:

I love to appreciate the beauty of a fondant cake but I don't like the taste of it..I rather have an icing on my cake. This is a great lens and thanks for sharing.

DebW07 on February 23, 2013:

Working with fondant takes time and effort but the results are worth it. Great lens!

Ajenje on February 23, 2013:

I love fondant, just have not had time to try decorating with it.

Susan Caplan McCarthy from Massachusetts, USA on February 23, 2013:

So many beautiful examples.

The-Quirky-Banana on February 23, 2013:

Cakes and confectionery are so pretty! Too pretty to eat! :)

aydensmom on February 16, 2013:

Thanks for this. I love cakes with fondant, just wish it was as easy as it looks.

purpleclouds on February 03, 2013:

Great lens and ideas!

imagelist lm on December 24, 2012:

Great lens with valuable info...

anonymous on December 19, 2012:

I love that Monkey Wedding Cake!

Lora Riley on November 03, 2012:

It looks fun

anonymous on October 28, 2012:

I have great luck with getting tiered cakes done, but horrible luck with it staying intact do you get the cake itself to be firm enough to hold the fondant? and if that's not the problem...any tips?

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