Have you ever wondered how to make fondant for cakes? Try this easy homemade rolled fondant recipe and best tips for decorating a beautiful cake!
Easy tips for how to make fondant
Writing these tips for how to make fondant has me so excited to bake cakes! I’ve finally decided it’s time to start making my own fondant.
I love how smooth it looks on cakes, plus it’s so much fun to mold cute cake decorations.
Here is a round up of some amazing fondant recipes and tips for how to use and decorate a cake with fondant. It’s really quite simple to make fondant icing from scratch!
Enjoy a great printable recipe and tips for how to color fondant, how to cover a cake and how to decorate cakes using fondant. I hope these cake making tips and fondant cake inspirations help you get started making gorgeous desserts!
Tips on How to Use Fondant
How to Color Fondant
1. Add dots of color.
Roll the fondant into a ball, kneading until it’s soft. Use a toothpick to add dots of icing color or drops of flavor in several spots.
Add just a little of the icing color at a time, until you get at the exact shade you want.
2. Knead in the color.
Knead the color into your fondant ball while wearing food-safe gloves when to keep your hands stain-free. Knead until color is blended evenly.
How to Cover a Cake with Fondant
1. Prepare the cake by lightly covering with buttercream icing.
2. Knead fondant before rolling it out.
If fondant is sticky, add a few pinches of confectioners’ sugar. Dust your counter top, rolling mat or wax paper and rolling pin with the sugar as well to keep the fondant from sticking.
3. Roll out the fondant to the size of your cake.
To keep fondant from sticking, lift and move as you roll and add more confectioners’ sugar if needed.
4. Gently lift the fondant over rolling pin and position on cake.
5. Shape the fondant cake with a cake decorating smoother.
Start in the middle of the cake top, move the fondant smoother outward and down the sides to smooth and shape the fondant to the cake.
Insert a pin on an angle into air bubbles, release air and smooth the area again. Use a sharp knife to trim excess fondant around the cake.
I found more great tips for how to use fondant here.
How to Decorate Cakes with Fondant
Once you have covered your cake or cupcakes with fondant, the fun cake decorating begins! It’s kind of like playing with play dough now.
- For small pieces, words or numbers, use a small knife or fondant knife to cut strips of fondant to form what you need.
- Use fondant cutters to cut shapes.
- Use special fondant molding tools to create textures and designs.
The ideas are really endless!
Enjoy these inspiring fondant cake ideas!
I love this amazing Mac Make-Up Birthday Cake!
I love anything Minnie Mouse and this Disney design would be a fairly simple fondant cake to create!
Put fondant icing on cupcakes then use the extra to mold creative decorations.
How Do You Make Easy Fondant Icing?
Enjoy this recipe for how to make fondant icing. It’s super easy!
How to Make Fondant
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup white corn syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons glycerine
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar plus extra for rolling
For decorating cake
- 3 cups buttercream frosting
- In a small saucepan, add water and and gelatin. Stir until softened (about 5 minutes).
- Heat the gelatin and stir until it is dissolved and clear.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the corn syrup and glycerine.
- Add the vanilla extract
- In a large glass bowl, sift the sugar and make a well in the center.
- Pour gelatin into the well of sugar, and mix until all of the sugar is blended. Use your hands to knead the icing until it becomes stiff. Add small amounts of confectioner's sugar if the mixture is sticky.
- Form the mixture into a ball and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
- Place in an airtight container for about 8 hours. Do not refrigerate.
How to Cover a Cake with Fondant
- Prepare the cake by lightly covering with buttercream frosting.
- Knead fondant before rolling it out. - If fondant is sticky, add a few pinches of confectioners' sugar. Dust your counter top, rolling mat or wax paper and rolling pin with the sugar as well to keep the fondant from sticking.
- Roll out the fondant to the size of your cake.
- To keep fondant from sticking, lift and move as you roll and add more confectioners' sugar if needed.
- Gently lift the fondant over rolling pin and position on cake.
- Shape the fondant cake with a cake decorating smoother.
- Start in the middle of the cake top, move the fondant smoother outward and down the sides to smooth and shape the fondant to the cake. Insert a pin on an angle into air bubbles, release air and smooth the area again. Use a sharp knife to trim excess fondant around the cake.
- Decorate the cake.
- Covers one 9" round cakes. Do not refrigerate cake.
Here is one of my favorite recipes for how to make rolled fondant.
Originally published on August 29, 2017. Last Updated on August 30, 2020 by Amy Locurto