Decorating desserts is an art that may seem too tedious at first, but once you get into it, it’s actually a lot of fun. After putting in all that effort to make a delicious dessert, why not go the extra mile to make it look as good as it tastes?
Fondant is a versatile and simple ingredient to work with. Premade fondant is a lifesaver, all you need to do is roll it out and it’s ready to be used!
Here are some fun and easy ways to decorate desserts with fondant:
Fondant is an easily malleable ingredient and that makes it easy to prepare all kinds of structures for cake toppers. Plastic cake toppers have to be removed when serving the cake, but fondant decorations are edible.
Just use the fondant as you would use clay to prepare the figures you want. Depending on the cake topper you want, you can create the structures out of balls of fondant, using an orange stick to give it the detail it needs.
Fondant can be colored to give you the desired look from your cake topper. For more structure, use toothpicks in the cake toppers.
If you’re looking for an easier way to use fondant, engraving or imprinting it is a good way to begin working with fondant. All you have to do is roll out the fondant, use food coloring if it needs to be dyed a different color and use a fondant press or shapes around the house that you like. Just make sure it is thoroughly washed and dried before using it. Fondant engraving can be used on cakes, individual desserts, and even biscuits.
Covering a cake with fondant
Instead of using fondant just as an accent for a cake, you can also use it to cover the whole cake too. This requires a few additional steps and is often done for tiered cakes.
Step 1: Layer the cakes with frosting in between and make sure it’s even on the top and sides. Then place a thin coat of buttercream frosting on the cake. This is known as the crumb coat. It allows all the pieces of crumbs to be contained by the icing.
Step 2: Once the first layer of buttercream has cooled in the fridge, add a thick second layer. Make sure this layer is completely flawless. Use a palette knife and a bowl of warm water to perfect the look.
Step 3: Refrigerate the cake again and now it’s time for fondant! Roll out your fondant until it’s thin and even. Carefully transfer this rolled-out sheet on your cake and begin smoothing it over from the top of the cake. Once the top is smooth, mold the fondant over on the sides, removing and air pockets that may have been trapped in. You need special fondant tools to even out the cake. Once the fondant has been laid out, you can proceed to decorate with fresh flowers, edible flowers, sugar flowers, or fondant decorations.
Preparing buttercream and fondant in large quantities is quite a task. Divine Specialties is here to make the job easier for you. We carry a range of buttercreams and fondant, which you can get via our website. We also offer other wholesale baking ingredients that can be delivered to your home. For those sensitive to gluten, we offer almond meal, which can be used as an alternative to flour.