How to Use Fondant

Learn how to use fondant to create bakery-worthy layer cakes.

The idea of working with fondant is a bit scary, whether you’re making homemade fondant or using the store bought stuff. But you can learn how to roll it out, create fondant decorations and make cakes with a smooth, professional finish!

How to Use Fondant

Step 1

Lightly dust a smooth work surface with confectioners’ sugar to prevent sticking. Roll out fondant to the cake’s size. To keep fondant from sticking, lift and move it as you roll.

How to Use Fondant

Step 2

Gently lift fondant with rolling pin to move. Position it on cake.

How to Use Fondant

Step 3

Beginning in the middle of the cake, smooth fondant outward and down the sides to shape it. Trim off excess with a spatula or pizza cutter.

How to Use Fondant

Step 4

For the finishing touch, use cookie cutters to create shapes in rolled-out fondant. Brush water on the back of the decorations to adhere them to the fondant on the cake.

See the key difference between fondant, marzipan and almond paste.

Tips for Working with Fondant

  • If fondant is dry, knead in shortening until it is the right consistency. If it’s sticky, knead in confectioners’ sugar.
  • You can use your pasta maker to roll out fondant.
  • Vodka also works well for attaching fondant decorations because the alcohol dries very quickly, like quick-drying glue.
  • Brush corn syrup in a 1/4-inch edge at bottom of frosting where cake meets plate to seal fondant on cake and platter.

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