Simple Fondant Icing For Cakes
Covering cakes with fondant icing is one of the most exciting parts of baking and decorating cakes.
Cakes covered with fondant deliver a professional and smooth appearance.
The good news about making a fondant cake is that it is easy to do at home.
Just make sure to have enough patience so you can do constant practice until you perfect the whole procedure.
A fondant is good for cakes because it is something which you can roll out, cut, produce stunning colour effects, form into various shapes and imprint designs.
When decorating cakes, a wise tip is to fondant a cake using the rolled version.
It refers to the easy to shape and flexible icing which helps in creating anything you wish to do with it.
These include creating flower or heart cut-outs, ruffle borders and hand-shaped ball.
Check out the YouTube video below for a few simple instructions on making a homemade fondant.
1. Gather the Required Ingredients
A standard nine or ten-inch cake requires around 2 pounds of fondant in order to cover it.
When buying a fondant, make sure to get the rolled one, instead of the pouring version.
Making your own is also favourable because it allows using your preferred ingredients.
Aside from the fondant, a cake covered with a buttercream layer is also useful in the process.
This is a frosting layer which is useful in allowing your prepared fondant to stick into the cake and prevent any imperfections and bumps into the surface.
This results to obtaining a clean, smooth and professional-looking fondant layer.
Other ingredients needed are vegetable shortening and cornstarch.
A smooth and large workstation, as well as a rolling pin, are also useful.
2. Add Colour or Flavour
Adding just the right amount of flavour and colour into a whole cake works in ensuring that it is well-covered by fondant.
Consider tinting the cake with colours one at a time to achieve great results.
Adding a small amount of concentrated colour one at a time is also helpful in arriving at your preferred shade.
For those who wish to avoid mixing colours, using a pre-tinted fondant which comes in various shades is beneficial.
All forms of flavouring also work for the process of covering cakes with fondant.
These include food flavours and candy flavourings.
Just make sure to use candy flavourings as drops since these are very concentrated in nature.
Allow the fondant to receive just a light flavour to avoid detracting the other flavours used for the cake.
3. Allow the Icing to Become as Smooth as Possible
When trying to cover your cake with a fondant, make sure that its icing is as hard and smooth as possible.
A wise tip is to use meringue buttercreams under the fondant since this provides it with a smooth and nice surface.
An icing spatula and bench scraper made of metal is also useful in allowing the buttercream to become smooth before the final application of the fondant.
4. Know How to Knead the Fondant Correctly
Lightly dusting your workstation with cornstarch is the first step towards kneading your fondant.
Knead it just like bread until it receives a pliable and smooth texture.
Remember that fondant also has the tendency of getting crumbly and stiff if it sits unused for quite a long period.
Softening an extremely dry fondant even after a long period of kneading is also possible by kneading it with the help of a small amount of vegetable shortening.
Make sure that it does not come with any cracks after kneading.
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