76 responses to “How to Use Fondant, for Absolute Beginners”

  1. MarthaAndMe

    This really great and it turned out perfectly!

  2. Jennifer Margulis

    These pictures are amazing. I say you are totally qualified and I am inspired, though a bit intimidated.

  3. Sheryl Kraft

    Wow. What a feat. Looks totally professional and all I can say is…those lucky 3-year-olds!

    Sheryl

  4. debbie koenig

    Thanks, guys! It was a TON of work, so I'm either retiring from the fondant business or saving up my energy for next year. Stephen's cake will be fondant free, I'm quite sure.

  5. Meredith Resnick

    Wow! I'm in awe. Cool post and great idea.

  6. Claudine M. Jalajas

    My eldest son is the one that puts me to work each year on his birthday. He always asks for elaborate cakes, in 3D, and working electricity is a bonus. I've toyed with the idea of using fondant.. and now I feel inspired as my princess will turn 4 in November.

  7. ruth pennebaker

    I love your idea that beginners are more qualified to teach. You're right, of course.

  8. Peggy Bourjaily

    Oh the joys of parenting! Come November, I'm going to have this guide plastered to my fridge in time for baby girl's birthday party!

  9. debbie koenig

    Claudine, Peggy: If you *do* end up using fondant come November, please let me know how it goes!

  10. Lindsay

    Thank you for your advice. I am going to be making about 15-20 "Jack Skellington" faces for my nephew's 18th birthday. He loves the Nightmare before Christmas stuff…although I would have rather him not gotten an 8 inch tattoo of him on his arm….grrr. Anyway, Jack's face is all white…so I won't have to mix any colors. Thank you again for posting your advice and anguish for the rest of us beginners! WISH ME LUCK!

  11. debbie koenig

    Good luck, Lindsay! Do come back and tell us how it went–maybe you'll have tips of your own to add.

  12. Robin

    Thank you! I've been eyeing fondant for months and have had NO idea how to use it! Now I know how to teach myself to do it. Very easy to follow explanation!

  13. Kraftibakes

    Wow. This has given me lots of ideas for my next fondant cake. Thank you so much.

  14. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for your easy to follow steps. I've never tried this before and I'm trying to make my mom a 50th birthday cake. I'm hoping all goes well!

  15. Gail

    I'm impressed and inspired! I stumbled upon your blog, and it seems to be the very inspiration I need! I will attempt to use fondant for the very first time this evening, in hopes of putting the pieces on my great nephew's 1st birthday cake tomorrow… (if it doesn't work I'm not sure what I'll do!). Of course, the 1 year old could care less, but his mom, my niece, has some pretty high expectations for this Great Aunt. We shall see!

  16. debbie koenig

    Good luck to you, Gail! Please let me know how it goes. I'm sure your niece will love it as much as her son!

  17. anna peterson

    Thanks so much for posting this! I have to make a Nascar birthday cake in a few days, and I have no idea how to use fondant! Your guide has given me the confidence that I need to give it a shot! Thanks again, your cake looked great!

  18. leechbabe.com

    Thank you
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you.

    My daughter is having a lego themed birthday party and I've got some fondant to try making clothing for our Lego Figure cookies but I had no idea what to do with it.

    Luckily I managed to find some lego figure cookie cutters so I'm hoping they will help.

  19. debbie koenig

    Anna, I hope it turned out well!

    And Leechbabe, good luck! Please come back and let us know how it went.

  20. Danielle

    I just made a batch of home-made yellow fondant last night for my 3 year olds Sponge Bob cake this weekend. I will be making some white tonight to use as a base for the other colors I will need. Thanks for the advice about assembly. We will see how it goes!

  21. debbie koenig

    Good luck, Danielle! I'm impressed that you started with homemade–I'm saving that for next time. If there is a next time…

  22. Crystal Smith

    Debbie, I was wondering how you softened up the fondant? I have made 1 fondant cake and I used the Wilton Fondant and it was hard as a rock when it came out of the package. I didn't know how to soften it up so needless to say my fondant was extremely thick. Any tips on that?

  23. debbie koenig

    Crystal, mine wasn't hard, like, rock-hard. I kneaded it in my hands for a minute or two and that made it flexible enough to roll out. Tiring, since the stuff is definitely stiff, but it wasn't especially difficult. If it were, I might try putting it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time until it's soft enough to knead. Meanwhile, though, I wonder if yours was stale or dried out?

  24. Justin and Heather Phillips

    On average how much did it cost start to finish to buy all your supplies (granted I have most of the kitchen stuff, not the actual cooking stuff…)? I want to get into the craft but I am SO intimidated!!! Any advice would be awesome! Thanks for your help and I think your blog is awesome!
    Heather

  25. debbie koenig

    Heather, don't be intimidated! Seriously, I'm the uncraftiest person you'll ever meet & I did a great–ok, an acceptable–job. As for cost, do you mean for the fondant itself? IIRC it wasn't terribly expensive, and that big tub will last a good long while if stored properly. I don't think I spent more than about $30 on all of it, and I still have plenty left.

  26. Anonymous

    i just watched a how to vid by a pro pastry chef and he said never to use corn starch with any brand of fondant because it causes a chemical reaction. he said to always use powdered sugar

  27. debbie koenig

    Anon, I'd love to see that video! Do you have a link? I just googled "don't use cornstarch with fondant" and all that came up were dozens & dozens of sites with instructions FOR using it.

  28. Jennifer

    Just found your link while searching "working with fondant" in preparation for my first attempt on my 9 year olds birthday cake for this weekend, and I had to comment and tell you how much I LOVED this article! I have so much fun doing my kids cakes, we've had a mermaid, Cat and kittens, a guitar, a fire truck,but I always did regular frosting because I was afraid of fondant-you're whole approach and attitude is tremendously reassuring and I love the Manny cake-I don't usually do comments on blogs and such, but in particular your comment about crying and cursing not helping fix tears in the fondant got me, thankful kids were not around to hear me try to "string" the guitar cake! LOL, love the blog-and thanks so much for the tips!!
    Jennifer

  29. debbie koenig

    Ooo, Jennifer, I'd love to see pictures! Thanks so much for your kind words. This year I did Lightning McQueen, in frosting. Can't believe I haven't blogged about it yet, but I posted pictures on the blog's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150260291560882&set=a.97525030881.102032.97300025881&type=1&theater

  30. Stephanie

    Debbie – LOVE the instructional view on using fondant! I am making a -get this – a Mario Sonic Winter Olympics Dream Ice Hockey (too much Wii for a turning 5 year old.)

    My question is can you mold the fondant together to make the figures, etc…?? Also, how far in advance can I make these? (I am NOT making Mario or sonic – I bought the figures on Amazon – too labor intensive.) I am making the cake in two weeks and figure I better bone up now.

    thanks for the help!!!!!

    Stephanie

  31. debbie koenig

    Stephanie, I'm 99% sure fondant is used for modeling all the time. So yes, you can make figures! As for how far in advance, as long as you keep it air-tight you should be fine starting now. When you buy pre-made fondant it's sitting on the shelf for god knows how long, right?

  32. Biscotti Girl

    You're a hoot! I'm doing a wedding cake this weekend and have to use the fondant (I hate the stuff, but it's fantastic for certain aspects of this cake). I came across your blog and laughed myself silly. I also feel less freaked out now-thanks so much for your advice and the laugh-I really needed both!

  33. stephanie

    Debbie -

    I made the cake using your instructions (it took three hours to construct all the "stuff") and it was a snap.

    My son was thrilled and my husband and family members were impressed.

    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Stephanie

  34. debbie koenig

    Biscotti Girl, how did it turn out?

    Stephanie, thanks for the report! I'd love to see a picture–wound you mind pasting it on the blog's Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/wordstoeatbyblog If you'd rather not, how about emailing it to me via the "contact" button on the top right of the blog itself?

  35. Ginelle

    Up at 4am fretting about using fondant for the first time for my daughter’s birthday cake. Got up at 5am to look for some help on the internet. Thank you so much for this post! Now I feel a little more confident. :)

  36. Tara Hendrickson

    Thank you.. I still don’t know if I have the nerve to try for my Mother in Laws 80th.. We are doing a sewing theme..and found some cute pictures but just not sure this is the time to experiment! How far in advance should the cake and fondant be made? The party is in 3 weeks.. The kicker I’d most of the family are pie eaters.. Only she , my husband and I eat cake! Ugh

  37. stacy

    what an amazing thread you have going, I love it!

    I’m really into cake decorating but I mostly use buttercream, not fondant. This coming weekend I’m making my niece’s birthday cake, she’ll be 3 and she requested Dora and Boots. I bought figures to use on the cake but I hope to incorporate fondant decorations. Instead of using store-bought fondant I have made a batch of marshmallow fondant (mmf), it rolls out good, was super easy to make, and tastes amazing. Thank you for the tips and for sharing your experience, I’m more excited than scared now to give this a try.

  38. Cheryl

    Thanks Debbie, I am about to attempt my first fondant cake… very amateur but for a 70 year old uncle who was a police I’m doing the OPP crest… was going to do the entire cake of fondant but think I’ll just start with a 4″ crest on the top! You made me laugh too, thanks for that!

  39. Tanya

    I was just about to open the fondant – daughter’s birthday party is later today- when I found your post about it. Thanks for calming me down! Just finished some ballet slippers and a tiara- phew… I bought white fondant and tinted it myself with food colouring and now my palms are fuschia. Oh well… :)

  40. Sarah

    Thank you for all the advice. I’ve had an idea for my cousins graduation for awhile (thank goodness I have a year to go) and have been wanting to try fondant since my idea requires it. I was frightened but now I know tricks so I can maybe do some practice projects before taking on her surprise graduation cake. I always have ideas going and want to learn how to do them. Do you have a beginners guide to icing flowers too?

  41. nicole

    these tips will definiteley come in handy. im making cupcakes tonight with flower and butterfly fondant decorations for mother’s day. This will be the first time I’m using fondant.

  42. James

    wowww! thank you sooo soo much, i made a great cake! i love you so much <3

  43. Scott cole

    Very inspired by your talent! Maybe now my Fondant won’t taste like piss!
    Thank you so much!

  44. louise

    This is one of the best posts on fondant, those little tips are perfect and I did not read them in any of the other 10 posts I read. Thank you, thank you!!!!

  45. Tamnia Ospina

    I absolutely enjoyed reading your How to Use Fondant, for Absolute Beginners. I am a mom of 7 and I have made a few cakes but the tips and ideas you spoke about are sure to make it easier for me on my next cake. Thank you

  46. Michelle

    I loved reading your post! I too stumbled upon it while searching for tips, and it has definently given me more confidence. I had tried to work with fondant once (homemade…bad idea)and gave up in frustration. I am baking a cake for my sister 30th birthday this weekend (Parisian Themed) and will definelty try some of your tips.

  47. Eleanor

    Really enjoyed your post. I have done a few cakes with fondant but, still a beginner. It is always a challenge to work with but, I find the molding very relaxing. So I continue to use it. And most times I surprise myself. Beautiful cake.

  48. becky

    Thank you for this info! I stumbled on this while looking for how to on fondant. I am making a team umizoomi cake for my three year olds birthday party tomorrow and never have used fondant. This article really gave me some great tips to avoid messing this up with limited time and it doesn’t seem as intimidating anymore! Thank you!

  49. Alanna

    Thank u for ur post my sons birthday isn’t until October but I’ve already been throwing ideas out for how to do his jake and the never land theme and was worried bout using fondant but after reading ur post I feel confidant In making a two tiered theme cake with Captain Hook and smeed

  50. Leigh

    Thank you so much for this! If I’m doing fondant to cover the entire cake, do I do that ahead of time or just wait and do that the day of? This is the cake I’m going to attempt: http://catchmyparty.com/photos/586022

  51. Preeti

    I’m not a parent but I found this tutorial on Pinterest. I’m making superhero cupcakes for my boyfriend for our 1 year anniversary. I have never used fondant so I am glad I found this. Question, do I frost the cupcakes then put the fondant designs on? Thank you so much!

  52. darlene

    party next friday can i put a fondtont cake in frige over night already decarated do i wrap in pastic or what.

  53. darlene

    somebody i need a answer about putting this cake up help help help what do i do

  54. Jessi Simpson

    You really need to specify that this is an artical that is for small amounts of fondant. This was not helpful for that, and I searched for first time fondant. Thumbs down

    1. Freda

      Jessi that was unnecessarily unkind.
      you must’ve been really stressed to say something like that.

  55. Matt

    My wife was almost in tears before I found your site. The cornstarch tip saved the day! Well, night.. lol. Thanks!!

  56. Robyn

    Great article thanks. Any advice on how to lay an entire sheet over a cube shaped cake? This is my first real attempt and I’m trying to make a dog house birthday cake? Thanks

  57. rosemary

    Ladies, don’t think it goes away…I’ll be attempting black fondant stars for a Marilyn Monroe cake for my 28-year-old…no decision yet on the photos in the one she asked for but leaning toward laminated prints.

    Please pray for patience..?

    And, thank you for allllllll the helpful hints!

    :-)
    rosemary

  58. Mary Menendez

    Do you have to cover the whole cake with fondant before you add your fondant decorations? Can you just add them to a fairly thin layer of buttercream frosting? Do you need to use “glue” of some sort to keep the pieces from falling off? Have not used fondant before and was going to go the slacker route and buy they kind that is already colored and rolled out!! Please don’t judge me! lol!

  59. Tasneem Arbee

    Hi, I just need to say that this tutorial was the best. It was my first time using fondant and I think I did quite well with it. I just have to say thanks it is much appreciated!

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