You could leave it at icing, but who wants their creations to look unfinished? The secret to impressive, decorative baking is… *drum roll*
This sugary play-dough is a treat for your taste buds and makes your baked delights seem like they were made by the hands of a professional baker—who could say no to that?!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice baker or a master chef with a flair for creativity. A perfectly rolled out layer of fondant on your decadent cookies, cakes, and cupcakes is all you need to make them look perfectly sculpted and unimaginably delicious.
Here are the top 4 things you might not know about decorating with fondant but should!
Start Off Clean
You want to start off clean because once that fondant starts rolling; any unwanted pieces of debris will be all too evident. If you’re a perfectionist—or someone who pays attention to detail—and want no pieces of lint sticking to the fondant, scrub your workstation with a medium-sized ball of fondant.
Dispose of it and then grease your palm with vegetable shortening to knead a fresh piece of fondant. This’ll make it soft and pliable—so that it doesn’t crack.
v Use a Stainless Steel Work Space
Now that you’re ready to work your magic with fondant, prepare a spick-and-span work space. It would be ideal if your work surface was made of stainless steel because hard, flat surfaces minimize chances of stray crumbs lodging onto the fondant.
There Is No ‘Right’ Fondant Thickness
Just like there is no ‘right’ answer when it comes to favorite jam flavors, there is no right thickness your fondant should be.
While some designs may work best with a chunky layer, try to stick to the thinner side with rolled fondant. For reference staying between ¼”-⅛” should get your fondant nice and elastic without being too thick.
Keep in mind that a bulky layer might wear heavy on your cake once you drape it over, or the fondant itself might crack.
Add Hardening Agents
If your vision consists of beautiful accent pieces, food-safe hardening agents like Tylose powder will make your fondant dry hard so it can be used for this purpose.
Knead about ¼ teaspoon of the powder in a medium-sized ball of fondant when it’s warm and soft. It should become aptly hard within a few days—perfect for creating stable and delicious accent pieces.
Looking for a reputable wholesale baking supply store? Divine Specialties is a popular supplier of premium-quality fondants and fondant products in California.
The award-winning fondant brand, Satin Ice is a particular favorite with cake decorators and on of the top sellers at Divine.