How to do quilting in fondant

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How to do quilting in fondant
Fondant is the perfect canvas for quilting -- the diamond pattern is sweet and simple. (Media Bank/ Images)

Rolled fondant provides a blank canvas for the most intricate cake designs. Creating a textured diamond pattern on fondant to make it look like quilted fabric can be done using a tool called an embosser. Quilted fondant cakes are perfect for baby showers -- drape a large sheet of quilted pastel fondant loosely over a square or round cake to give the illusion of an actual quilt. Another popular cake design is the purse-shaped cake. Quilting in shiny black fondant gives a vintage feel to these chic sweets.

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Things you need

  • Prepared fondant
  • Cake with an optional crumb coat of frosting
  • Cornflour
  • Non-stick pastry mat or parchment paper
  • Pastry wheel or cutter/embosser tool
  • Ruler
  • Sharp knife

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  1. 1

    Roll out the fondant to 3 mm (1/8 inch) thickness on your pastry mat or large sheet of parchment paper, sprinkled with cornstarch to prevent sticking. Trim the edges to the desired size with a straightedge cutter or pastry wheel.

  2. 2

    Run the pastry wheel or embosser lightly over the fondant in diagonal lines going in one direction. Use a ruler to space the lines evenly and guide the embosser.

  3. 3

    Repeat the diagonal lines from the opposite corner to create a diamond pattern.

  4. 4

    Lift the fondant carefully from your work surface and drape it on your cake. For best results, ice your cake with a thin layer of icing -- sometimes called a crumb coat -- before placing the fondant on the cake. The crumb coat of icing will help the fondant stay in place on the cake.

  5. 5

    Press the fondant on the cake very gently and smooth any bumps or wrinkles. Trim any excess fondant with a sharp knife, straightedge cutter or pastry wheel.

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