Fondant is a versatile confection made with sugar, corn syrup, water and sometimes cream or butter. Depending on how it is cooked, it can be used to fill cordials or ice cakes. The fondant used for icing cakes is best purchased ready-made from a baker's supply store so that decoration can be the focus of working with fondant rather than cooking it. Cake decorating has reached new heights as bakers have embraced the use of fondant. Ready-made fondant is pliable and can be moulded and shaped into just about anything, including a christening dress.
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Things you need
- Ready-made fondant
- Rolling pin
- Confectioner's sugar or cornstarch
- Fondant decorating tools
- Lustre dust (optional)
- Grain alcohol (optional)
- Aerosol butter spray (optional)
- Waxed paper
Obtain a picture of the christening dress that you will use as a model for the fondant dress and keep it handy to refer to.
Sprinkle a little cornstarch or confectioner's sugar on a flat, smooth surface. Open the lid of the fondant container and remove a large portion of fondant. Knead the fondant to render it supple and ready for rolling. Roll the fondant into a smooth, thin sheet about twice the projected height of your finished dress and about 1/4 inch thick.
Fold the fondant sheet in half. Turn the halved fondant so that the flat fold is at the top. Using a knife, cut a half moon at the top centre of the fondant to resemble the neck of the dress. Cut the two long ends of the long fold to resemble the sleeves of the dress.
Shape the dress to resemble folds and puffs of the model dress. Fondant is extremely malleable, so press and shape the dress as you need to create the desired look.
Set the dress aside on a sheet of waxed paper to create special details of the dress.
Dust the flat, smooth surface where you are working with your fondant with additional confectioner's sugar or cornstarch. Knead the remainder of the fondant to render it pliable. Roll the fondant to a flat, thin sheet.
Cut out the details of the dress that you would like to add. Hems and belts are easy to cut by cutting strips of fondant. Bows can also be created by cutting several strips of fondant. Simply fold the fondant strips so that the ends touch. Paint the ends with a small amount of water and press the ends of several folded strips together. Mold or cut out the shapes of flowers and buttons. Roll strips of fondant to create piping. If desired, use a fondant embosser to create the look of lace trims. Attach all decals to the main dress by painting a small amount of water on the back of each decal and pressing the decal lightly onto the dress.
Mix grain alcohol with lustre dust to create a liquid glitter, if desired. Paint over buttons and trims or in the folds of the dress to enhance sheen. Spray the entire dress with aerosol butter spray to create an overall shine effect.
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