If you liked playing with playdough as a kid, then you’re going to love working with fondant!

Because fondant is basically just edible playdough! And, just like with playdough, it’s crazy versatile. You can roll it out to cover an entire cake, mold it into shapes, dye it any color that you want, and even use it to create super cool patterns on your dessert. It’s most famous for being on wedding cakes, but you can also put it on regular cakes, cookies, cupcakes. Really, the sky’s the limit when it comes to fondant decorations!

And because there’s just SO much you can do with it, I had to break it down into smaller categories.

So for this particular lesson, I’m really using the Topics category for all they’re worth. For the sake of organization, I’ve separated all the fondant “how to” knowledge that you crave into the Topics. Where as, right here, in the lesson proper, I’ve kept it pretty generic fondant info. So, again: When it comes to advice about practical, real world application, you’re going to want to jump into the topics. But for right now, I wanna keep it broad.

And it doesn’t get any broader than this:

What is fondant?

Well, fondant is made using just sugar, water, and corn syrup. Which means that fondant is 100% edible!

Although, sometimes there’s a little gelatin thrown in, too. The gelatin is added to make it both stiffer and more elastic, which seems contradictory, but it kind of makes sense if you think about it. The gelatin is sticky, which holds the fondant together, and it’s also very flexible. And all of this makes it easier to sculpt- which is the goal.

A lot of times, fondant recipes use marshmallows instead of gelatin. But since there’s gelatin inside of marshmallows, they work exactly the same.

Now, despite this ingredient list, sometimes store bought fondant isn’t very tasty. (But don’t worry- there are yummy fondant recipes out there.) That said, most people don’t add fondant to their creations for the fabulous flavor. I know, crazy, right?! We always bake and eat desserts for their mouthwatering flavors!

But fondant is different. Instead of a flavor boost, fondant can actually give your dessert a personality boost.

What you can do with fondant that makes is so special?

Just about anything- which is what makes it so cool! 😎

Ok- I know that was a little overly enthusiastic. But fondant really is incredibly versatile when it’s time to decorate. Like I mentioned earlier, fondant is most famous on cakes, but it’s not limited to cake decorating. You can use it on any type of dessert to dress it up.

As a decorating technique, fondant can be used to create beautifully complex decorations. And creating textures- like ruffles and patterns- are a piece of, well, cake. In fact, you can even get really intense with it and make entire animals or cars!

Simply put, it makes mind blowing shapes that can really make your cake come to life.

What should you know before you get started in the kitchen?

One thing you should be aware of is that fondant works disturbingly well as a lint roller. So if any lint sheds off your clothes while you’re working, it will stick to the fondant. Which is not a good thing. So don’t wear a super fuzzy sweater if you plan on playing with fondant.

Another thing you knead to know- I mean need to know. My bad. But speaking of kneading, it’s really important that first thing you do is knead the fondant. Before you do anything else, you want to warm it up and get it nice and malleable. (AKA stretchy.) Only after it’s the consistency of salt water taffy at the state fair can you start shaping it.

Now, if the shape you’re making involves a rolling pin, you need to know how to prep your work surface.

If your fondant sticks to the rolling pin or work surface, simply add a light dusting of cornstarch or confectioners’ sugar. And which powder you use actually depends on where you’re baking. Confectioners’ sugar works best in drier climates while cornstarch works better in humid ones.

And if you’re starting with fondant that’s dried out, you can still use it!

There are multiple ways to do this. You can add a drop of water to the dry fondant before kneading it. (And I really do mean a drop.) There’s also a fondant term called “elephant skin.” This describes a wrinkly patch that’s dry to the touch. If your dried out fondant has “elephant skin,” just use your finger to rub some shortening over the rough patch to rehydrate and smooth it.

The last way helps your dry fondant roll out to its maximum diameter- and it’s really easy. Simply spread some shortening on your work surface. That’s it!

How does that help?

Well, think of a slip and slide. The water and slippery surface help you slide faster and farther than normal. This is exactly the same thing. By adding a touch of fat to the work surface before you get started, you help the dry fondant stretch and roll more easily. Plus, it makes your life easier- it’s a total win-win!

Ready to give it a try?

Now that your appetite for knowledge is primed and ready to go, I’m going to send you off into the kitchen.

To get more specific info on how to color fondant lots of different ways, how to cover a cake, and how to make cute shapes, pop into the topics below. I’ve included tons of helpful pictures and videos so you can start to get comfortable with fondant. Or at least walk away with a general sense of how to use it.

So while you’re off learning, I’m gonna wait right here. 👇 So go on. Go check out the topics. Bye now! 👋 Bye bye!

Done with the topics? Do you feel powerful and full of fondant “know-how?”

Sweet! Cause it’s time to move on. Now it’s time to play with chocolate! 🍫

Go right ahead and click the Next Lesson button if you’re ready to learn yet another super cool decorating technique.

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