Fondant cakes are gorgeous, but they can be a real challenge. One of our most popular classes has always been working with fondant, and getting a flawless cake with gorgeous sharp edges.
So today, Jon is going to share our top 5 tips for covering a cake in fondant:
1. Knead your fondant correctly! If you get dry edges, cracking, or elephant skin-type fondant issues, you might not be kneading your fondant properly. Kneading fondant is nothing like kneading dough. You are trying to push all of the air out of the fondant, and warm it up at the same time. If you aren’t sure whether you are kneading correctly, check out our video.
2. Start with a perfect base. You can’t get a gorgeous finish on a lumpy cake. If you have cut layers into your cake, you need to shave it down to make it nice and straight again. Use a bread knife, and get rid of those wobbly sides.
3. Work fast! This means rolling out and covering. The longer you take to get your fondant rolled out, and over that cake, the more it will dry out. This will be tricky in the beginning, but get to know how much fondant you need to roll out, and do it with speed. Once it’s rolled out, try and place it over the cake, and attach it at the bottom super fast. Nothing gives you a better finish than a speedy cover job.
4. Get the right tools. You can’t expect to get a flawless finish using just your hands. You need to invest some money into getting a set of hard fondant smoothers, some acetate or plain chocolate transfer sheet. You need to be able to force that fondant to be smooth, straight and sharp. The right tools mean the world when it comes to fondant.
5. Let your fondant cake rest. Don’t jump into that decoration, or you risk denting and marking your cake. I know you want your cake to be nice and fresh, but whether you are stacking tiers, piping, or adding fondant accents, you will damage your cake if you jump in too soon. Leave it rest for at least 6 hours, in a nice cool room away from direct sunlight, and it will start to firm up. That way, as you apply accents, touch and move the cake, and pipe, you aren’t going to destroy what you spend so long making.