Fondant is an edible dough-like substance that is often used to cover wedding cakes to achieve a smooth look. You can add style to your homemade cake with a fondant braid around the base, or use a fondant braid to hide the seams between layers. Wilton, a baking supply manufacturer, suggests braiding fondant and using it as a handle for an Easter basket-themed cake. Fondant is braided in the same way as hair, and it can be found in the baking aisle of a craft supply store.
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Things you need
- Butter knife
- Decorator brush
- Fondant glue (optional)
Roll three long strings of fondant, each measuring 1/4-inch in diameter, with the palm of your hand. Cut them all to the same length using a butter knife or by pinching off the strands at the ends.
Pinch all three strands of fondant together at one end to create a starting point for the braid. This keeps one set of ends together and prevents the braid from coming apart at the top while you work with the bottom. Separate the strands slightly from each other.
Move the right fondant strand to the space between the left and centre strands. Separate the bottom sections of them again slightly before moving the left strand to the centre of the other two. When moving the strands to the centre, ensure that the fondant string is touching the braided section above it. Make the braid appear tight, but do not pull the fondant. Pulling the fondant may stretch it out and make it appear uneven and thin, and it may break.
Repeat this action until the fondant strands are entirely braided. Press the three ends together at the bottom, so they are secured at both ends. The fondant braid will have a matt finish and look just like a play dough braid, approximately one inch thick.
Attach the braid to the cake by dipping a decorator's brush in water and applying it to the back of the braid and the front of the cake area, then gently pressing them together. Use caution not to misshape the fondant braid when pressing them together. The fondant will be bendable and fragile until it dries overnight and hardens. Fondant glue is a more durable option.
Tips and warnings
- Brush the fondant with water and a decorator's brush to make the fondant shiny.
- If you're colouring your fondant yourself with a deep colour like red, prepare it a week in advance of your cake, so that you have time to adjust and match the colours before creating the embellishments.
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