How to Cover a Cake With Fondant
Fondant Cake Today fondant cakes are becoming very popular. Traditionally these cakes were reserved for weddings and anniversaries. However, more and more people are purchasing fondant cakes for any and all occasions. You may like the idea of...
Today fondant cakes are becoming very popular. Traditionally these cakes were reserved for weddings and anniversaries. However, more and more people are purchasing fondant cakes for any and all occasions. You may like the idea of creating a gorgeous fondant cake, but all the work makes it a bit intimidating. While it does take a little practice to get it down, it really isn't as difficult as you may think. Once you learn how to cover a cake with fondant you will be able to impress your friends and family with your new found skill!
Prepare The Cake
The first thing you need to do is bake the cake and set it out to cool. Once it cools you want to dirty ice it which means putting on a coating of icing. Be sure you ice the cake so it is nice and smooth. This will help the fondant to lie smoothly on the cake without any dips or dents. Once the cake is iced you will put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Prepare the Fondant
You want to be sure you are working with a good fondant. If you can't find good store bought fondant near you then you can make your own using one of the many recipes online. When it comes to fondant, you will find a fondant roller and corn starch to be your best friends. Choose a clean smooth surface with plenty of room and sprinkle a fair amount of corn starch onto the surface. Now, you will work with the fondant for a few minutes by squeezing it in your hands until it feels almost like Play Doh. If it starts to feel sticky you can sprinkle a little bit of the corn starch on it.
Take the cake out of the refrigerator and set it near where you will be rolling out the fondant. Put the fondant on the area you sprinkled the corn starch on and roll it out. You want to be sure you roll it out so it will cover the entire cake. It should be approximately ¼" thick. While you are rolling it with the fondant roller you should continue putting a little corn starch on the roller to avoid sticking.
Put the Fondant on the Cake
Once the fondant is ready you can carefully pick it up and set it on your cake so it covers it on all sides. Make sure you set it on the cake so it lies smoothly on the top of the cake and falls down nicely on all sides. Take your hands and work the fondant around the sides of the cake by running your hands softly down the sides and pulling out excess fondant while continuing to smooth it along the way. This will cause it to shape to the cake. Take a sharp knife along the bottom of the cake and cut off the excess fondant along all the edges. Now you are ready to add decorations or writing to your cake and surprise your guests with your masterpiece!
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