How to decorate a cake with fondant for beginners
You know those beautiful and smooth cakes that look like you need a million years to create? Well, they’re actually pretty easy to make with fondant paste.
Fondant: store bought or homemade?
Store-bought fondant is significantly more expensive than the one you can prepare at home. And preparing fondant at home can be a lot easier than you think! So if you settle on preparing fondant at home, prepare 500 g of basic dough by combining 1 tsp of gelatin powder and 2 tbsp of cold water in a small pot. When thick, dissolve on a double boiler then add a ¼ cup of corn syrup and 1 tbsp of glycerin. Stir in 1 tbsp of shortening and remove from heat. Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla. In Masterchef Gourmet Pro kitchen machine bowl, add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Start it on low and gradually add the gelatin mixture. When you feel like the dough is getting sticky, gradually add 2 additional cups of powdered sugar. Mix until you get a firm dough. You just saved at least half the time in kneading! Refrigerate overnight.
Add a base underneath your fondant
Never cover a cake directly with fondant as it will leave an uneven texture and air bubbles. Instead, save some buttercream or chocolate ganache or whatever frosting cream you prepared with your kitchen machine, and spread all over your cake. Refrigerate to stiffen it a bit.
Shape your fondant
Spread some cornstarch on your working space and then add the fondant paste. Press the fondant with your hand into the shape you’re going for. Roll it out with a rolling pin and make sure there are no air bubbles for the perfect texture.
Cover the cake like a pro
Lift the fondant paste up and center it over the cake. Keep it flat by unfolding the edges. Starting with the top, smooth your cake to get rid of air bubbles. If you don’t own a fondant smoother, you can save a handful of fondant paste and dip it in cornstarch. Workaround the downside pressing the air down and out. Slice the outer edges carefully then refrigerate your cake until it’s time to decorate it. Use a mixture of fondant and gum paste when decorating.
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